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Trash-Free Waters

Trash-Free Waters Webinar Series

The goal of the Trash-Free Waters Webinar Series is to promote increased knowledge and understanding of the sources, distribution and impacts of plastics and microplastics in the environment. The featured presenters are experienced researchers in this field. Recordings of past webinars will be posted as soon as they are available.

When available, upcoming webinars will appear directly below (no registration is required). Available webinars will be broadcast at the specified date and time at the following link: the title of any available upcoming webinar to add the event information to your calendar.

Available Presentations

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Webinar #1: Impacts of Plastics in the Aquatic Environment

Dr. Chelsea Rochman, University of Toronto

January 31, 2017
In this webinar, Dr. Rochman provides an overview of plastics sources, impacts and solutions, taking both ecological and human health concerns into account, and discusses major gaps in our current understanding of plastics pollution.

Resources Referenced in the Webinar

Webinar #2: Sources and Distribution of Microplastics in the Environment

Dr. Kara Lavender Law

February 28, 2017
In this webinar, Dr. Law provides an overview of microplastics sources and distribution including estimates of the global distribution of microplastics and their potential risks, and considers some practical solutions to reducing microplastics in the environment.

Resource Referenced in the Webinar

Webinar #3: Contaminants Associated with Microplastics

Dr. Bart Koelmans

April 18, 2017
In this webinar, Dr. Koelmans provides an overview of how environmental contaminants interact with microplastics and whether microplastics act as carriers for these contaminants, including results from mathematical calculations and laboratory studies.

Webinar #4: Risk Assessment of Plastics and Microplastics

Dr. Denise Hardesty

April 25, 2017
In this webinar, Dr. Hardesty provides an overview of different approaches to estimate and understand the potential impacts of plastics and microplastics, including assessments for seabirds and sea turtles, as well as research that she and her colleagues have done to understand marine litter sources in Australia on a national scale.

Resources Referenced in the Webinar

  • Surowiecki, James. The Wisdom of Crowds. New York: Anchor Books, 2005
  • Dr. Hardesty's Publications (scroll down page to "Publications").

Webinar #5: Plastics in the Deep Sea

Dr. Lucy Woodall

May 30, 2017
In this webinar, Dr. Lucy Woodall discusses the latest research that she and others are conducting to understand the presence and distribution of plastics in the deep sea, and how this plastic might impact marine life.

Resources Referenced in the Webinar

Webinar #6: Waste Management of Plastics and Upstream Solutions

Dr. Jenna Jambeck

June 27, 2017
In this webinar, Dr. Jenna Jambeck discusses her research on global waste management and mismanagement of plastics as well as potential solutions to reduce and prevent the release of plastic waste into the environment.

Resources Referenced in the Webinar

Webinar #7: Preventing Marine Debris through Outreach and Education

Krista Stegemann

July 25, 2017
In this webinar, Krista Stegemann discusses NOAA-funded projects that aim to prevent marine debris through outreach and education, as well as strategies and educational resources for marine debris communication.

Resource Referenced in the Webinar

Webinar #8: Reducing Plastic Pollution with Better Products and Policies

Dr. Jason McDevitt

August 29, 2017
Dr. Jason McDevitt discusses potential replacements for plastic products and how we can improve the ways in which we design materials and products to minimize their environmental impacts.

Resource Referenced in the Webinar