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APR 13 - 15 2021

Thermo Fisher Scientific: Science for Sustainability Symposia

Join the virtual Science for Sustainability Symposia  

The sustainable use of raw materials in a way that conserves resources and protects the climate has been of central importance to the environment, the economy and society for many years. 
 

Our use of plastics for instance in everyday items and manufacturing processes has resulted in a deluge of slowly degradable materials entering our environment and our food chain. Therefore, a sustainable use of raw materials is required in order to act in a resource and environmentally friendly way. Deepen your understanding of microplastic contaminants, bio-friendly alternatives to environmentally harmful materials and research into alternative energy resources and recycling.
 

Attend the virtual Science for Sustainability Symposia where international technical experts and scientists in the field will share perspectives to advance science, and to facilitate collaborations, in order to support researchers towards a cleaner, healthier and safer world.

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Global Microplastics Symposium
April 13, 2021 - April 15, 2021
 
Hear from analytical experts as they review the challenges associated with identifying and quantifying contaminants, like plastics in the environment. Learn the best methods to provide meaningful data and important insights on studying the microplastics in different geo-environment and different sample matrices. It will end with a panel discussion where you can engage with experts looking to assessing risks and developing regulations for microplastics.
Biomaterials & Recycling Symposium       Apr 27 
Challenges and considerations in polymer/biopolymer recycling

April 28
Characterization and extrusion for sustainability applications
 
In this series, technical experts discuss how material characterization techniques have helped enabling research on recycling materials such as plastics, and on the manufacturing and characterization of innovative materials with sustainable properties such as biopolymers.

 

Join us to learn about the latest innovations in sustainable materials and environmental research, while taking advantage of networking opportunities with experts. We look forward to staying connected with you virtually!

 


Speakers
  • CTO, Cinthesis
  • Assistant Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering grad student at Texas State University
  • Professor, College of the Coast and Environment, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Assistant Professor at Utah State University
  • Assistant Professor at the Dept. Of Fisheries and Wildlife, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University
  • Research Scientist III, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • NSF graduate research fellow at the University of California Riverside
  • KU Leuven Bruges Campus, Material Engineering Departement, Propolis research group
  • Associate Professor at Arizona State University
  • Research Scientist at Iowa State University, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Professor for non-metallic materials with the Faculty for Technology and Bionics at the Rhine-Waal Univerity of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Research Associate at the Center for Coastal Studies
  • Research Biologist, Co-director, Chemical Sciences Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Center for Marine Debris Research
  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Head of Operations & Science Programming and Application Lead, U of T Trash Team, University of Toronto, St. George
  • Head of Department Plastics Technology, Recycling and Plastics Analytics at the Institute of Plastics and Circular Economy IKK
  • Principal research scientist of Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and a professor of Department of Applied Ocean Sciences at Korea University of Science and Technology
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management, California State University Channel Islands
  • KU Leuven Bruges Campus, Material Engineering Departement, Propolis research group
  • Post-doc researcher at Blue Growth Research Lab and GhEnToxLab at Ghent University (Faculty of Bioscience engineering)
  • Research scientist with the California Department of Public Health Environmental, Health Laboratory
  • Department Head of Chemistry at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority

Show Resources
Global Microplastics Agenda
  • Comparison of microplastic identification methods using FTIR-ATR, FTIR-transmission with mapping, and Raman spectroscopy for beach sediment samples
    APR 15, 2021
    Wonjoon Shim, Ph.D.
    Principal research scientist of Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and a professor of Department of Applied Ocean Sciences at Korea University of Science and Technology
  • FTIR and SEM analyses of microplastic chemistry, size, shape, and surfaces in various sample matrices
    APR 15, 2021
    Jeff Wagner, Ph.D.
    Research scientist with the California Department of Public Health Environmental, Health Laboratory
  • Method standardization and technique development for FTIR and ATR-FTIR analyses in Belgian Research
    APR 15, 2021
    Maaike Vercauteren, Ph.D.
    Post-doc researcher at Blue Growth Research Lab and GhEnToxLab at Ghent University (Faculty of Bioscience engineering)
  • Microplastics in the Sierra Nevada: From Peak to Pipe
    APR 15, 2021
    Monica Arienzo, Ph.D.
    Assistant Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Open Source Raman and IR Spectroscopy, Paving the Future for Spectral Analysis using Artificial Intelligence
    APR 15, 2021
    Mr. Win Cowger
    NSF graduate research fellow at the University of California Riverside
  • A nurdle in a haystack. The 2020 Mississippi River plastic pellet spill reveals widespread pellet contamination from multiple sources.
    APR 14, 2021
    Mark Benfield, Ph.D.
    Professor, College of the Coast and Environment, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA
  • California's Path Towards Assessing Risks and Developing Regulations for Microplastics in Drinking Water
    APR 14, 2021
    Scott Coffin, Ph.D.
    Research Scientist III, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Distribution and bioavailability of anthropogenic microparticles in California's coastal ecosystems
    APR 14, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
    Clare Steele, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management, California State University Channel Islands
  • Great Shearwaters: The plastics within.
    APR 14, 2021
    Christy Hudak
    Research Associate at the Center for Coastal Studies
  • Microplastics measurement interlaboratory calibration study for drinking water
    APR 14, 2021
    Charles Wong, Ph.D.
    Department Head of Chemistry at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
  • Atmospheric plastic deposition
    APR 13, 2021
    Janice Brahney, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor at Utah State University
  • MICROPLASTICS IN THE NORTH PACIFIC GYRE
    APR 13, 2021
    Charles and Shelly Moore
  • Microplastics in Hawaiian marine environments: Where and How do we find them
    APR 13, 2021
    Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D.
    Research Biologist, Co-director, Chemical Sciences Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Center for Marine Debris Research
  • The complexity of microplastics and the implications for sampling and analysis.
    APR 13, 2021
    Chelsea Rochman, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Head of Operations & Science Programming and Application Lead, U of T Trash Team, University of Toronto, St. George
  • The effects of micro and nanoplastics on biota in the aquatic environment: what we know about hazard and risk
    APR 13, 2021
    Susanne Brander, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor at the Dept. Of Fisheries and Wildlife, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University
  • The complexity of microplastics and the implications for sampling and analysis.
  • The complexity of microplastics and the implications for sampling and analysis.
    APR 13, 2021
    Chelsea Rochman, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Head of Operations & Science Programming and Application Lead, U of T Trash Team, University of Toronto, St. George
  • Atmospheric plastic deposition
  • Atmospheric plastic deposition
    APR 13, 2021
    Janice Brahney, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor at Utah State University
  • Microplastics in Hawaiian marine environments: Where and How do we find them
  • Microplastics in Hawaiian marine environments: Where and How do we find them
    APR 13, 2021
    Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D.
    Research Biologist, Co-director, Chemical Sciences Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Center for Marine Debris Research
  • The effects of micro and nanoplastics on biota in the aquatic environment: what we know about hazard and risk
  • The effects of micro and nanoplastics on biota in the aquatic environment: what we know about hazard and risk
    APR 13, 2021
    Susanne Brander, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor at the Dept. Of Fisheries and Wildlife, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University
  • MICROPLASTICS IN THE NORTH PACIFIC GYRE
  • MICROPLASTICS IN THE NORTH PACIFIC GYRE
    APR 13, 2021
    Charles and Shelly Moore
  • Great Shearwaters: The plastics within.
  • Great Shearwaters: The plastics within.
    APR 14, 2021
    Christy Hudak
    Research Associate at the Center for Coastal Studies
  • California's Path Towards Assessing Risks and Developing Regulations for Microplastics in Drinking Water
  • California's Path Towards Assessing Risks and Developing Regulations for Microplastics in Drinking Water
    APR 14, 2021
    Scott Coffin, Ph.D.
    Research Scientist III, California State Water Resources Control Board
  • Distribution and bioavailability of anthropogenic microparticles in California's coastal ecosystems
  • Distribution and bioavailability of anthropogenic microparticles in California's coastal ecosystems
    APR 14, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
    Clare Steele, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management, California State University Channel Islands
  • A nurdle in a haystack. The 2020 Mississippi River plastic pellet spill reveals widespread pellet contamination from multiple sources.
  • A nurdle in a haystack. The 2020 Mississippi River plastic pellet spill reveals widespread pellet contamination from multiple sources.
    APR 14, 2021
    Mark Benfield, Ph.D.
    Professor, College of the Coast and Environment, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Microplastics measurement interlaboratory calibration study for drinking water
  • Microplastics measurement interlaboratory calibration study for drinking water
    APR 14, 2021
    Charles Wong, Ph.D.
    Department Head of Chemistry at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
  • FTIR and SEM analyses of microplastic chemistry, size, shape, and surfaces in various sample matrices
  • FTIR and SEM analyses of microplastic chemistry, size, shape, and surfaces in various sample matrices
    APR 15, 2021
    Jeff Wagner, Ph.D.
    Research scientist with the California Department of Public Health Environmental, Health Laboratory
  • Method standardization and technique development for FTIR and ATR-FTIR analyses in Belgian Research
  • Method standardization and technique development for FTIR and ATR-FTIR analyses in Belgian Research
    APR 15, 2021
    Maaike Vercauteren, Ph.D.
    Post-doc researcher at Blue Growth Research Lab and GhEnToxLab at Ghent University (Faculty of Bioscience engineering)
  • Microplastics in the Sierra Nevada: From Peak to Pipe
  • Microplastics in the Sierra Nevada: From Peak to Pipe
    APR 15, 2021
    Monica Arienzo, Ph.D.
    Assistant Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Comparison of microplastic identification methods using FTIR-ATR, FTIR-transmission with mapping, and Raman spectroscopy for beach sediment samples
  • Comparison of microplastic identification methods using FTIR-ATR, FTIR-transmission with mapping, and Raman spectroscopy for beach sediment samples
    APR 15, 2021
    Wonjoon Shim, Ph.D.
    Principal research scientist of Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and a professor of Department of Applied Ocean Sciences at Korea University of Science and Technology
  • Open Source Raman and IR Spectroscopy, Paving the Future for Spectral Analysis using Artificial Intelligence
  • Open Source Raman and IR Spectroscopy, Paving the Future for Spectral Analysis using Artificial Intelligence
    APR 15, 2021
    Mr. Win Cowger
    NSF graduate research fellow at the University of California Riverside
  • Plastic Recycling in the Circular Economy: Definitions, Characterization and Standardization of Recyclates
  • Plastic Recycling in the Circular Economy: Definitions, Characterization and Standardization of Recyclates
    APR 27, 2021
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    Madina Shamsuyeva, Dr.
    Head of Department Plastics Technology, Recycling and Plastics Analytics at the Institute of Plastics and Circular Economy IKK
  • Bioplastics- opportunities and limitations
  • Bioplastics- opportunities and limitations
    APR 27, 2021 7:15 AM PDT
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    Prof. Dr. Christoph Hess
    Professor for non-metallic materials with the Faculty for Technology and Bionics at the Rhine-Waal Univerity of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Advanced rheological characterization for highly sensitive biobased materials
  • Advanced rheological characterization for highly sensitive biobased materials
    APR 27, 2021 8:45 AM PDT
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    Prof. dr. ir. Frederik Desplentere
    KU Leuven Bruges Campus, Material Engineering Departement, Propolis research group
  • Advanced rheological characterization for highly sensitive biobased materials
    APR 27, 2021 8:45 AM PDT
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    Ineke Velghe
    KU Leuven Bruges Campus, Material Engineering Departement, Propolis research group
  • Reactive extrusion as a tool for high performance biomass-derived polymers
  • Reactive extrusion as a tool for high performance biomass-derived polymers
    APR 28, 2021
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    Michael Forrester
    Research Scientist at Iowa State University, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Reactive Extrusion and Temperature-Controlled Ball Milling: Scaling-up Solvent-Free Organic Synthesis from Milligram R&D Work
  • Reactive Extrusion and Temperature-Controlled Ball Milling: Scaling-up Solvent-Free Organic Synthesis from Milligram R&D Work
    APR 28, 2021
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    Joel Andersen, Ph.D.
    CTO, Cinthesis
  • End of Life Plastics to Enhance Sustainability of Pavement Construction Utilizing a Hybrid Treatment of Bio-Oil and Carbon Coating
  • End of Life Plastics to Enhance Sustainability of Pavement Construction Utilizing a Hybrid Treatment of Bio-Oil and Carbon Coating
    APR 28, 2021
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    Elham Fini, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor at Arizona State University
  • MAGNETIC AND MECHANICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED STRONTIUM FERRITE/POLYAMIDE 12 COMPOSITES USING TWIN-SCREW AND SINGLE-SCREW EXTRUSION
  • MAGNETIC AND MECHANICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED STRONTIUM FERRITE/POLYAMIDE 12 COMPOSITES USING TWIN-SCREW AND SINGLE-SCREW EXTRUSION
    APR 28, 2021
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    Camila Belduque
    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering grad student at Texas State University
Speakers

  • Joel Andersen, Ph.D.
    CTO, Cinthesis
    Biography

      Dr. Andersen received his PhD in organic chemistry stemming from deep research into mechanochemistry and he has an MS in Environmental Science & Engineering.

    • Monica Arienzo, Ph.D.
      Assistant Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences
      Biography

        Monica Arienzo is an Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Hydrologic Sciences at the Desert Research Institute. She earned a doctoral degree in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the University of Miami in 2014. In her research, Monica uses chemical tools to understand how humans have impacted the environment. After years of studying caves in the Bahamas and ice cores from Antarctica, now she studies pollutants and climate change impacts in the western United States. Her research focuses on pollutants (including microplastics) in snowy peaks, downstream lakes and rivers, and drinking water taps. This research would not be possible without the help of her colleagues, students, collaborators, and more than 25 volunteer citizen scientists.

      • Camila Belduque
        Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering grad student at Texas State University
        Biography

          I am an aeronautical engineer from Colombia, with experience in composites materials, manufacturing processes and characterization. 

        • Mark Benfield, Ph.D.
          Professor, College of the Coast and Environment, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA
          Biography

            Mark Benfield is a Professor in the College of the Coast and Environment, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University. His research examines plastic pollution and zooplankton ecology. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, M.Sc. from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, and B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.

          • Janice Brahney, Ph.D.
            Assistant Professor at Utah State University
            Biography

              Dr. Janice Brahney is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University. She received her doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in Environmental Biogeochemistry. She holds an MSc degree in Earth Science and a BSc degree in Environmental Science, both from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. Her research sits at the nexus of several critical zone disciplines and includes three primary themes, 1) the atmosphere as a vector for material transport to aquatic ecosystems, 2) climate change effects in mountain environments, and 3) the cause, effect, and mitigation of water quality impairment. She has received over $2M in research grants from a range of federal, state, and international agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Utah State Division of Water Quality, Canadian Provincial Parks, the US Forest Service, and US Geological Survey. Much of Dr. Brahney’s work has produced results with far-reaching implications for policy, land-use regulation, and ecosystem monitoring.  Her work has been cited in the IPCC and has received considerable attention from the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Scientific American, and NPR. Dr. Brahney is currently an associate editor for Freshwater Science.

            • Susanne Brander, Ph.D.
              Assistant Professor at the Dept. Of Fisheries and Wildlife, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University
              Biography

                Dr. Susanne Brander has been faculty at Oregon State University since 2017, after moving from a the University of North Carolina, Wilmington where she was faculty for 4 years. Brander’s research encompasses the fields of toxicology, endocrinology, and ecology; integrating molecular approaches with measurements at the organism and population level. Brander’s main focus is on the effects of stressors such as emerging pollutants, plastics, and changing climate on aquatic organisms, but her research and teaching also spans the links between ecological and human health. She has a Ph.D. in Toxicology and Pharmacology from UC Davis (2011), and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University (2005). Although Brander has worked in academia for the past six and a half years, following completion of an M.S. and prior to pursuing a Ph.D. she worked in industry as an Environmental Analyst and Project Scientist at Weston Solutions, Inc. She has also worked briefly in the non-profit industry. Her research is currently funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation. She has presented on plastic pollution to the legislature in Salem and on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

              • Scott Coffin, Ph.D.
                Research Scientist III, California State Water Resources Control Board
                Biography

                  Dr. Scott Coffin serves as a Research Scientist at the California State Water Resources Control Board, where he performs research and develops drinking water regulations for microplastics and other contaminants. Scott completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Riverside. His graduate work focused on endocrine-disrupting chemicals and eco-toxicological effects of plastic. Scott's expertise are in analytical chemistry, bioanalytical screening, ecotoxicology, bioaccumulation modeling, and human health risk assessments.

                • Mr. Win Cowger
                  NSF graduate research fellow at the University of California Riverside
                  Biography

                    Win is a Ph.D. candidate and NSF graduate research fellow at the University of California Riverside. He studies the sources, transport, and fate of plastic pollution in the environment. His science focuses on identifying solutions to plastic pollution and assessing their effectiveness. As an applied scientist, Win works with nonprofit groups like Let’s Do It World and 5 Gyres, Government agencies like SCCWRP and the Ocean Protection Council, and academics to implement science in practice.

                  • Prof. dr. ir. Frederik Desplentere
                    KU Leuven Bruges Campus, Material Engineering Departement, Propolis research group
                    Biography

                      Frederik Desplentere graduated as a master in mechanical engineering in 1999. In 2007, he obtained his Phd in materials engineering. From 2004 on, he is involved in the applied research on polymer processing combining material characterization, numerical simulations and validation experiments valid for injection molding, extrusion technology and thermoforming. Up to date lab equipment is present both to perform material characterization and instrumented processing. In 2013, Frederik Desplentere became a professor within the materials engineering department of KU Leuven Bruges Campus. Nowadays, he is the head of the Propolis research group which counts 20 members. The research group is mainly focusing on sustainable polymer processing; several projects are performed on the processing of recycled or biobased materials. 

                    • Elham Fini, Ph.D.
                      Associate Professor at Arizona State University
                      Biography

                        Dr. Ellie Fini is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, an Invention Ambassador at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fulbright Scholar of Aalborg University of Denmark, a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation and Director of the Innovation Network for Materials, Methods and Management. Her research focuses on the production, characterization and atomistic modelling of sustainable novel materials for use in construction. 

                        In addition to more than 200 scholarly publications and numerous invited talks, her research has been featured by BBC Women in STEM, Science Nation, Wired Magazine, and CNBC. She is editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials and Journal of Resources, Conservation & Recycling. She has served as the president of ASCE’s North Carolina Northern Branch and a program director of the National Science Foundation. Her achievements have been recognized via multiple awards including an NSF CAREER award, ASEE Gerald Seeley award, BEYA Emerald STEM Innovation award, NC BioTech Research Excellence award and WTS Innovative Transportation Solution award to name a few. 

                      • Michael Forrester
                        Research Scientist at Iowa State University, Chemical and Biological Engineering
                        Biography

                          Michael Forrester is a research scientist at Iowa State University who has 8 publications and 15 patents or patent pending, and has been extensively involved in acquiring grants for ISU totaling over $2.5M. Forrester was also a contributor to three ISU technologies that are currently being commercialized (Polyacrylated Glycerol based wood adhesives, soybean oil asphalt rejuvenators, and polyacrylated soybean oil asphalt polymer modifiers). Forrester and several collaborators have dedicated themselves to the commercialization of technologies developed at Iowa State University and have established three start up companies for this purpose. 

                          Originally a traditional experimentalist, Forrester's responsibilities are now predominantly focused on acquisition of grants and mentorship of graduate students. To date, Forrester has mentored over 35 undergraduate students, many of which went on to pursue graduate school, as well as 15 graduate students, 3 of which have graduated. Forrester is currently helping manage 7 different research projects, ranging from asphalt based restoratives to chemical recycling of polyesters such as PET. 

                        • Prof. Dr. Christoph Hess
                          Professor for non-metallic materials with the Faculty for Technology and Bionics at the Rhine-Waal Univerity of Applied Sciences, Germany
                          Biography

                            Professor for non-metallic materials with the faculty for Technology and Bionics at the Rhine-Waal Univerity of Applied Sciences (Germany).
                            Research focus: Biopolymers, Polymer recycling, self-reinforced polymers. 

                            PhD in physical chemistry at Uni Osnabrück (M.D. Lechner). 
                            Gel structures based on renewable raw materials

                            Christoph’s expertise:
                            Process and environmental engineering 
                            Groundwater and soil vapor remediation 
                            10+ yrs research manager at the industry for compounding of biopolymers

                          • Christy Hudak
                            Research Associate at the Center for Coastal Studies
                            Biography

                              Christy has been a Research Associate in the Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies for ten years. After obtaining her M.S. in marine science from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, Christy worked at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, heading the Manatee Program at the Tequesta Field Station. From the sunny shores of Florida, Christy brought her experience in marine mammal necropsies, rescues, tracking, aerial surveys, and photo identification to the cool shores of Cape Cod and currently focuses on the food resource of the North Atlantic right whales and microplastics research.

                            • Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D.
                              Research Biologist, Co-director, Chemical Sciences Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Center for Marine Debris Research
                              Biography

                                Dr. Lynch’s career has focused on understanding marine pollution and educating others to perform excellent science that can inform conservation and sustainability. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Duke University, in Marine Environmental Toxicology, measured and assessed the effects of persistent organic pollutant concentrations in sea turtles.  he has worked in organic analytical chemistry for the National Institute of Standards and Technology for 18 years, and is the Co-Director of Hawaiʻi Pacific University’s Center for Marine Debris Research, located in one of Earth’s most plastic polluted marine environments.  Recently, her research has focused on plastic ingestion by sea turtles and improving methods for polymer identification of plastic marine debris.  She has published 57 scientific manuscripts, three book chapters, and mentored 95 students. 

                              • Charles and Shelly Moore

                                Biography

                                  Charles Moore, Captain of Oceanic Research Vessel Alguita, was the first to scientifically sample microplastics in the North Pacific Gyre, after witnessing large amounts of debris on a voyage from Hawaii. Shelly Moore, a research scientist from Southern California, has studied marine debris and trash in aquatic environments since the mid 1990s. Together they have formed a new nonprofit, the Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research, with the mission of expanding the knowledge of the impacts of plastic pollution on our environment.  Currently their focus is on micro- and nano- plastics and the threats they pose to the Biosphere.

                                • Chelsea Rochman, Ph.D.
                                  Assistant Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Head of Operations & Science Programming and Application Lead, U of T Trash Team, University of Toronto, St. George
                                  Biography

                                    Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the University of Toronto. Chelsea 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.

                                  • Madina Shamsuyeva, Dr.
                                    Head of Department Plastics Technology, Recycling and Plastics Analytics at the Institute of Plastics and Circular Economy IKK
                                    Biography

                                      Professional experience 
                                      15.06.2019 – onwards           Institute of Plastics and Circular Economy IKK, Leibniz Universität Hannover 
                                                 - Garbsen, Germany 
                                                 Function: Head of Department Plastics Technology, Recycling and Plastics Analytics 
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                                      01.02.2014 – 31.12.2018          Fraunhofer Institute of Wood Research WKI Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI 
                                               - Hanover, Germany                                     
                                               Function: Research associate in the field of (hybrid) natural fiber-reinforced plastic
                                               composites and fiber surface treatment            
                                      _____________________________________________________________________________________________
                                      01.04.2012 – 30.04.2013       Bayer MaterialScience, New Applications 
                                      – Leverkusen, Deutschland 
                                         Function: Intern in the field of plastic composites  
                                      Education
                                      03.12.2014 – 18.09.2019  Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute of Technical Chemistry 
                                      - Braunschweig, Germany 
                                      Dr. rer. nat.: Surface treatment of cellulose-based for the use in plastic composites 
                                      _____________________________________________________________________________________________
                                      01.10.2010 – 23.04.2013  Universität Siegen, Chemistry 
                                      - Siegen, Germany
                                      M. Sc.: Development of new plastic composites 
                                      _____________________________________________________________________________________________
                                      01.10.2005 – 27.06.2010           Middle East Technical University 
                                               - Ankara, Turkey 
                                               M. Sc.: Chemistry

                                    • Wonjoon Shim, Ph.D.
                                      Principal research scientist of Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and a professor of Department of Applied Ocean Sciences at Korea University of Science and Technology
                                      Biography

                                        Dr. Wonjoon Shim is currently a principal research scientist of Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and a professor of Department of Applied Ocean Sciences at Korea University of Science and Technology. His scientific background is environmental chemistry. His research focus includes development of analytical methods for microplastics, assessment and characterization of microplastic pollution, and weathering process of producing microplastics. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed research papers. 

                                      • Clare Steele, Ph.D.
                                        Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management, California State University Channel Islands
                                        Biography

                                          Dr. Clare Steele is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management at CSU, Channel Islands. Dr. Steele’s Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science from the University of Rhode Island examined the population dynamics of coral reef fishes in the Bahamas. Her M.Sc. in Tropical Coastal Management from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK assessed community-based management of coral reef fisheries resources in the Philippines. Her career in marine ecology and coastal management began at the University of York, UK, with an undergraduate research experience examining tourism impacts on coral reefs in marine protected areas in the Egyptian Red Sea.


                                          Dr. Steele is an applied marine ecologist with extensive experience in marine and coastal environments around the world, conducting research and natural resource assessments to enable informed management decisions. She has conducted research assessing the benefits of protected areas and community-based resource management to reef fish assemblages and artisanal fisheries in the Philippines, Fiji, Kenya and the Bahamas. In southern California, her research has focused on productivity of fishes on natural kelp and artificial reefs, and assessing anthropogenic impacts to sandy beach ecological communities.


                                          Dr. Steele’s current research focuses on the impact of human activities on marine and coastal natural resources. Her ongoing research in the California Channel Islands and Southern California coast examines the ecological impacts of ocean litter and microplastic debris on coastal ecosystems. Dedicated to providing research opportunities to undergraduate students, she provides educational and research experiences in the California coastal zone and at CSUCI’s undergraduate research station on Santa Rosa Island.

                                        • Ineke Velghe
                                          KU Leuven Bruges Campus, Material Engineering Departement, Propolis research group
                                          Biography

                                            Ineke Velghe graduated in June 2018 as a master in Product Development at the University of Antwerp and graduated in June 2020 as a master in Polymer Processing at the KU Leuven. In August 2020 she started working in the ProPoliS research group as a PhD-student on the Tune2Bio-project, aiming to tune the biodegradability of biopolymers. The role of ProPoliS in this project is to characterize new formulations of PLA and perform numerical simulations to predict the extrusion process, together with lab scale testing.

                                          • Maaike Vercauteren, Ph.D.
                                            Post-doc researcher at Blue Growth Research Lab and GhEnToxLab at Ghent University (Faculty of Bioscience engineering)
                                            Biography

                                              My name is Maaike Vercauteren after my masters in Biology, I obtained a FWO-grant for a doctoral research at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine. During this research I studied the cause and impact of skin ulcerations in flatfish from the Belgian part of the North Sea. By pinpointing the occurrence of said disease and investigating risk factors for development of ulcerations, mitigation measurements are possible. After the successful doctoral research, I shifted my focus towards microplastic pollution. As postdoc, I coordinate all microplastic research of our research group ranging from study on sinking behavior of plastics to environmental effects, monitoring and human health effects. 

                                            • Jeff Wagner, Ph.D.
                                              Research scientist with the California Department of Public Health Environmental, Health Laboratory
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                                                Jeff Wagner is a research scientist with the California Department of Public Health Environmental Health Laboratory. He assesses potential exposures to environmental toxics using novel measurement and modeling techniques. Recent projects have included low-cost community particle monitoring, wildfire smoke, infectious aerosol transmission, vaping devices, and microplastics/POPs.

                                              • Charles Wong, Ph.D.
                                                Department Head of Chemistry at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
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                                                  Dr. Charles Wong is Department Head Chemistry at SCCWRP. His research interests center on methods development, fate, and effects of constituents of emerging concern, e.g., pharmaceuticals, polyfluorinated alkyl substances, and their metabolites and degradates, and microplastics.  Prior to joining SCCWRP in 2019, he was Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Winnipeg.  He continues to hold concurrent adjunct appointments there and at Jinan University (China), the University of Manitoba, and the Costa Rica Institute of Technology.  Dr. Wong is Associate Editor for Environmental Pollution, and for Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, and served on the SETAC North America Board of Directors from 2012-2015.  He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from MIT and a PhD from the University of Minnesota, all in civil and environmental engineering.

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