July 24, 2019, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Island Institute

386 Main St
RocklandMaine 04841

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Tiny Plastics, Big Problem: An Investigation of Microplastics in the Aquatic Environment


Abby Barrows, Marine Research Scientist

About the lecture

Microplastic pollution is considered an emerging issue of international concern. An estimated 8-10 million tons of plastic make their way into the oceans each year. They have been found in all the world’s oceans, in freshwater environments, tap water, bottled water, beer, honey, salt, and even in our air.  Abby will discuss the complex problem of plastic pollution from behavior changes and diminished offspring performance in animals to the negative human and environmental health effects. She will also look at some of the solutions required to address it—how we need to use data and legislative tools to put our awareness into real and effective change.

An acclaimed marine research scientist, Abby is also an oyster farmer on Deer Isle where she lives with her family. 

Event details

Lectures in the Summer Lecture Series are free and open to the public, and take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday from July 3-31. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Space is limited to 40 guests.


4th Floor Conference Room
Island Institute, 386 Main Street, Rockland


Contact Hannah Barrows at (207) 594-9209 x113 or membership@islandinstitute.org with any questions.