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Neighbor Nights: Microplastics in Fresh Waters

  • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center 1 Confluence Way Alton, IL (map)

Plastics are every where, even the most remote parts of our planet. Most current research on plastics is undertaken on marine systems, despite the fact that over three quarters of the plastics found in oceans are derived from rivers. Despite their importance to the global plastic cycle, very little is known about plastics in river and lake ecosystems.

Come learn about the research by Dr. Tony Dell and others at NGRREC into this globally important topic, including touring some state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities.

The May classroom display will feature a picture posters and examples of plastics.

After the presentation, join Dr. Dell for a behind-the-scenes look into the Ecology Laboratory and the technology he and his team use in their research, including the NGRREC mesocosms!

This work is in collaboration with Saint Louis University's WATER Institute.

Talk starts at 6 p.m.
Lab Tour and Demonstrations start at 6:30 p.m.