Fri 18 Jan
Come along to The Next Wave of Plastic - Pop Up Science and learn about the impacts our plastic waste can have on the environment from local researcher Maddison Carbury from the University of Newcaslte.
Get hands on while sieving for micro plastics in beach sand and mangrove sediments in this interactive display. Learn how the different colours, shapes and sizes of micro plastic particles can impact marine organisms and discover the typical lifecycle of plastic in the environment.
About Maddison Carbery:
PhD in Environmental Remediation
Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Marine Science major)
Maddison has been volunteering, working and researching in marine sustainability for the past 8 years. She is currently undertaking her PhD at The University of Newcastle focusing on the impacts of micro plastics and chemical contaminants in marine food webs (emphasis on seafood species) to determine the potential risks to human health. The initial stages of her research involve monitoring the distribution, abundance and types of micro plastics around Australia, with Port Stephens, Newcastle Harbour and Lake Macquarie being her focus sites. Maddison will also investigate the presence of micro plastics in a variety of seafood items including farmed oysters and wild caught prawns and fish. Her work is supported by Newcastle City Council and NSW DPI Fisheries, with researching partners including Tangaroa Blue, AUSMAP, Take3 and CSIRO.