I’ve been mostly absent from the internets lately (with the exception of my very favorite procrastination method, Twitter), but I have 250 pages of a really good excuse. I’ll be defending my doctoral dissertation on 29 November in San Diego. It’s open to the public, so anyone in the area is invited to come on . . . → Read More: Invitation to my doctoral defense
My tall-ship-sailing buddies at Sea Education Association are headed out for a special Pacific plastics cruise tomorrow aboard the 134-foot brigantine SSV Robert C. Seamans. (Disclosure: I am totally biased cause I’ve sailed with them twice and think it is the best thing ever. Also, they’re collecting samples for me on this cruise. Thanks . . . → Read More: Plastics expedition departs for North Pacific
The real Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Photo by Miriam Goldstein, 2010 EX1006 cruise. O thin men of Haddam, Why do you imagine golden birds? Do you not see how the blackbird Walks around the feet Of the women about you? – “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, Wallace Stevens ————- I would like to . . . → Read More: Three Ways of Looking at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
My marine debris buddy Nick Mallos of Ocean Conservancy pointed me to this beautiful animated model by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner of the University of Hawaii. This animation shows how wind affects the rate at which debris from the Japanese tsunami moves across the Pacific. It is a mathematical model that incorporates a great . . . → Read More: How wind-blown Japanese tsunami debris may move across the Pacific
You might have seen the headlines last week: Big rise in North Pacific plastic waste, Plastic in ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ increases 100-fold, Ocean Trash is a Lifesaver for Insects, and so forth. These were based on a paper that I wrote with two co-authors, which came out in Biology Letters last week. Because . . . → Read More: Pacific plastic, sea skaters, and the media: behind the scenes of my recent paper
Now that the holiday season is over for many of us and all the wrapping and boxes and packaging is stowed away or thrown in the trash, think about where it all goes. Nothing just stays in a land fill forever. Out of sight is never out of mind. Plastic Shores is a new film . . . → Read More: Where Do All Your Tinsel And Trappings Go After Christmas?
This striking image of plastic pollution in the Philippines won first prize in the Ocean In Focus Conservation Photo Contest. First Prize goes to Peri Paleracio of Quezon City, the Philippines, for his picture of a boat in the Philippines with plastic and trash pollution suspended in the water. This over-under shot illustrates the . . . → Read More: Striking image of plastic pollution in Philippines
Poster by Max Temkin, via Grist.
If you’re in the Atlanta GA area, this Wednesday evening is your chance to drink beer with two of your very favorite Deep Sea News bloggers. Thanks to Dr. Para_Sight, I’ll be speaking about my research on plastic pollution in the North Pacific Gyre at the Georgia Aquarium Science on Tap series. Come learn about . . . → Read More: Talking Trash at Georgia Aquarium Science on Tap
I have a new post up at the SEAPLEX blog (where I put all my marine debris stuff). A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to Hawaii for the 5th International Conference on Marine Debris. (You can see my tweets at @seaplexscience, or the conference hashtag #5imdc.) This was my third . . . → Read More: Plastic pollution on Hawaii’s famed green sand beach