Due to concerns regarding the spread of the coronovirus, the SDFO Board has decided to cancel our March SDFO meeting. We are committed to our members's health and well-being. We would also like to ensure a proper-sized audience for all our speakers. We hope to be able to reschedule this talk at a later date.
Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, 21 April at 6 pm at the Mission Valley Library. Our April speaker has been confirmed as Dr. Jennifer Brandon. Her presentation is entitled "Marine Debris in the Pacific Ocean."
She will discuss marine debris and plastic pollution as a general global problem, and then dive into the specifics of microplastics, and her research. She will end with some simple solutions we can all adopt to help combat the problem.
Dr. Brandon was a double major in Biology and English at Duke University, where she researched stormwater runoff pollution. She later got her PhD in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2017, focusing on the nascent field of marine microplastics. She is an expert in quantifying and identifying marine microplastics, and has developed multiple novel methods to identify the smallest sizes of microplastics and determine the age of plastics exposed to varying weathering conditions in the environment. She was the first to find temporal trends of microplastic in the sediment record, and the exponential increase of microplastics she recorded from 1945-2009 closely correlates with the exponential increase in worldwide plastics production over that same time period.
P.S. SDFO membership dues are most welcome. Please contact me offline or look on the SDFO webpage for my mailing address.. Single membership dues are $25.00 and family dues are $35.00.