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Falmouth Water Stewards Sponsors Talk on Plastics

The Falmouth Water Stewards will hold a special talk on the effect of plastics on the marine environment featuring Dr. Kara Lavender Law, a research professor at Sea Education Association.

The talk entitled "Ocean Plastics Pollution from Sources to Solutions" is scheduled for Thursday, March 29, from 7:30 to 9pm in the Hermann Meeting Room at Falmouth Public Library.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Dr. Law received her PhD in physical oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and developed an interest in marine debris while teaching and sailing with SEA.  

As a faculty oceanographer and chief scientist, Kara taught more than 200 students in 10 SEA Semester classes about the ins-and-outs of oceanography both onshore in Woods Hole, and at sea in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and Caribbean Sea.

Now a research professor at SEA, Kara studies plastic marine debris using SEA's 25-year data set consisting of plastic counts from more than 7,500 plankton net tows that were carried out by over 7,000 SEA students and scientists.  

Her interests include understanding how ocean physics determines the distribution of plastic and other marine debris, and the behavior and ultimate fate of different plastics exposed to the harsh ocean environment.