Marine Debris Pub Talk
Marine debris and microplastics in the environment will be the subject of a pub talk as part of the Oregon State University Science on Tap series. The speaker is Dorothy Horn, a PhD candidate at Portland State University who is studying marine debris, and in particular the impact of “microplastics,” very small plastic bits in the environment that can work their way up the food chain. This event takes place in the downstairs “board room” at the Rogue Brewery in South Beach (2320 S.E. Marine Science Dr.)—not the one on the Newport bay front—at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Doors open at 5:15, and space is limited, so arriving early is advisable. The talk is free; food and drink are available from the Rogue.
Horn will speak on “Marine Debris and Microplastics in Our Watersheds.” She will describe research she has done in Oregon, California, and Costa Rica, tracing the spread of microplastics through the environment, and discuss the growing global impacts of marine debris and microplastics, and the impacts we see in Oregon.
Horn, who has spoken to CoastWatch audiences on several occasions, is a Marine Corps veteran and a Graduate Research Fellow for the National Science Foundation. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University Channel Islands, where she began her studies of microplastics. She is now a PhD student in Portland State University’s Environmental Science and Management program where students, researchers and faculty work with non-profit organizations, as well as local, state and federal partners, to conduct important research and find collaborative solutions with science and policy.