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APRIL 2018

Science Café continues with “Microplastics: What's the BIG deal?”

Maia McGuire Microplastics

St. Johns River State College’s Science Café lectures will continue Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Maia McGuire, who will discuss the sources of, and threats posed by, microplastics in the coastal environment. The lecture will be held on the Orange Park campus in room D14.

Microplastics are small plastic pieces (less than five millimeters long) that can be harmful to ocean and aquatic life. They form when larger plastic debris degrades into smaller and smaller pieces. Plastics are viewed as the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean.

Dr. McGuire joined the Florida Sea Grant Extension Program at the University of Florida in 2001. As a SGE agent, she conducts informal education programs on topics including marine debris, climate change, and invasive species. In 2015, she was awarded a NOAA Marine Debris Outreach and Education grant to start the Florida Microplastic Awareness Project.

A native of Bermuda, Dr. McGuire developed an interest in marine biology at an early age. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the Florida Institute of Technology and a doctorate in marine biology from the University of Miami.

Café participants will experience a casual evening filled with interesting topics, tasty treats and engaging conversation. The free event and open to the public.


 

 

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