TONIGHT! Marine Life Talk – 7 June 2012

Plastic Planet

Plastic Planet – 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –

by Jennifer Durden

Plastic has become ubiquitous in the developed world in the last 60 years, and much of it ends up as waste in our oceans: up to 95% of marine waste is plastic debris. This talk will cover how this waste gets in to our oceans, where it collects, and how it directly and indirectly affects the marine food web, and ultimately humans. A reduction of plastic debris is one of the most easily attainable improvements that we can make to the marine environment, and ways for you to help will be discussed.

Jennifer Durden is a PhD student at the University of Southampton studying the ecology of the deep sea. Prior to coming to Southampton, she obtained a degree in engineering and worked as an environmental consultant cleaning up terrestrial contaminated sites in Canada, Egypt and the UK. She hopes to ultimately combine her interests in pollution and marine ecology, and keep her plastic in the recycling bin.

Recordings of previous Marine Life Talks can be found on YouTube:

Future Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre

05/07/12 Secret life of a new brittlestar from the Antarctic deep sea – Rachel Boschen

02/08/12 The weird and wonderful life at the Mid-Atlantic ridge – Claudia Alt

Free admission – these talks are open to the public

The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm to be met in Reception.

Arrangements for wheelchairs must be made in advance. Unless it is possible to descend via the stairs in an emergency, access to upper floors cannot be permitted as lifts are automatically immobilised when the fire alarm is activated.

The National Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Southampton’s Town Quay and Ocean Village).

Event dates: 
Thursday 7 June 2012 - 19:15 to 20:30