Impact of Plastics on Marine Wildlife


The Royal Society of Tasmania invites you to a public lecture by Dr Jennifer Lavers on the impact of plastics on marine wildlife. 

Plastic has only been mass produced since approximately the 1950s, yet debris is now ubiquitous in aquatic and terrestrial environments, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from the top of Mount Everest to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Remarkably, our understanding of the impact all this debris is having on species, habitats, and the ecosystem as a whole is poorly understood.  Much of what we do know has been documented for seabirds and remote islands.

The presentation will highlight Australia’s contributions to this emerging and important field of research.

Dr. Lavers is a Lecturer in Marine Science at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on understanding how remote islands and seabirds can act as bio-indicators of ocean health, particularly in relation to plastic pollution. She teaches a number of ecology-focused courses and coordinates Adrift Lab, a team of scientists who mentor graduate students through the research process.

Where: Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk
When: 1.30 pm Sunday 23rd May 2021 Due to COVID restrictions, registration will be required for the QVMAG lecture – phone 0417 330 118 or email
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  • Sunday, 23 May 2021 | 01:30 PM


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Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk, 2 Invermay Road Inveresk, Invermay 7250  View Map

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