Microplastics, a ubiquitous contaminant across all ecosystems, is unique due to its complexity. Microplastics are a diverse suite of particles sizes, shapes and chemistries. Their fate and effects are unique from other chemical pollutants. To help researchers and managers around the world better understand this emerging contaminant, methods are evolving rapidly. This talk will provide a general overview of microplastics, critical research gaps, and the relevant methodological considerations.
What you will learn during this webinar (26 minutes):
Introduction of microplastics as a multidimensional contaminant
- Diversity of microplastics
- Multidimensional contaminates originate from many different sources and pathways
- How multidimensional contaminants affect their fate and transport
- Risk concerns from multidimensional contaminates
Things to consider when thinking about methods - methodical developments and challenges:
- Sample extraction
- Sample analysis
- Harmonized protocols
- Clear reporting guidelines
- Streamlined and high-throughput methods
- Standardized morphology and color keys
- Clear QA/QC guidelines
About the presenter:
Chelsea M. Rochman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto; Head of Operations & Science Programming and Application Lead, U of T Trash Team, University of Toronto, St. George
Dr. Chelsea Rochman has been researching the sources, sinks, and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for more than a decade. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution – including regarding method development.
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