Presented by Dr. Chelsea Rochman, University of Toronto on March 15 at 10 am Pacific/12 noon Central/2 pm Atlantic Standard Time.
Abstract: In aquatic habitats, plastic pollution is reported globally in lakes and marine coastal and pelagic habitats from the surface waters to the benthos. This material is associated with a cocktail of contaminants, including those that are added during manufacturing (i.e. BPA, PBDEs, phthalates, lead) and those that sorb to the material from ambient seawater (e.g. DDT, PCBs, PAHs, copper). It is now understood that several marine organisms across multiple trophic levels ingest plastic debris in nature. This includes fish and bivalves that we purchase for our own consumption. As such, there is a concern regarding how this material may post a threat to wildlife and human health. Using recent insights from field and laboratory experiments, this presentation will include information regarding the sources, fate and impacts of plastic debris and associated priority pollutants in aquatic habitats.
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