The extent of microplastic occurrence in glaciers, rivers, beaches, rain, and snow in Juneau, Alaska and potential effects of plastic-born chemicals on these environments
On August 18, we will be hosting a microplastic-themed webinar with Dr. Sonia Nagorski from the University of Alaska Southeast. Dr. Nagorski has decades of experience studying water quality as an environmental geochemist and recently turned her attention to the emerging issue of microplastic contamination. Plastic is a material unknown to Earth prior to recent decades but has rapidly become a persistent and pervasive global pollutant. Together with a group of UAS undergraduates, Dr. Nagorski is conducting original investigations into the extent of microplastic occurrence in glaciers, rivers, beaches, rain, and snow in Juneau, Alaska.
Dr. Sonia Nagorski is an Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Alaska Southeast with a focus on environmental geochemistry and water quality. Dr. Nagorski has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Montana, and much of her research examines the presence and sources of contaminants such as trace metals and black carbon in both natural and anthropogenically impacted stream and glacial systems. In addition, a recent investigation she participated in with several UAS undergraduates examined an emerging contaminant in her local waterways - microplastics.
We'll also be joined by Alaska Community Action on Toxics staff sharing findings from their upcoming report on plastics, chemicals, and climate in Alaska, highlighting the most pressing health concerns related to plastic pollution and associated chemical contamination of marine and terrestrail environments.