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The Plastic Effect: How Plastic Pollution Is Changing the Ocean Ecosystem

~Meet a SEA Semester representative~

Monday, June 3, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

There is a looming global issue that is centered around a very tangible, user-friendly, and life-saving material:  Plastic.  Historically, over the last 60-plus years, we as a society have gone from revolutionizing our day-to-day lives using plastic to the current “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra.  Somewhere in between, a portion of the plastic we consume made its way from our hands and in to our oceans.

To seek out some answers to the questions about plastic pollution in our oceans, Emelia DeForce, Ph.D. participated in two 6-week research expeditions (operated by Sea Education Association) dedicated to this problem.  She will tell a story about what we currently know, what scientists are working on, and she will increase your awareness about the problem for the future.

Emelia currently resides on Cape Cod in Woods Hole, MA and works as a Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She received her master's and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Her specialty is microbial ecology.  Her studies about microorganisms living in nature have taken her around the world to remote places.

SEA Semester is an OSU-approved program that is open to any current OSU students.

Bagdad Theater & Pub
3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
$3 admission
Teppei Hayashi
teppei.hayashi at oregonstate.edu
Int'l Degree & Ed Abroad