Podcast Series – February 2014 Edition
Posted on: February 10, 2014

Monday, February 10th 2014

FEBRUARY EDITION

Jim Bailey, RAP Coordinator, interviews fourth year Lakehead University Environmental Science student, Laura Gallagher, about her undergrad thesis work on microplastics in the Thunder Bay Harbour.
Jim Bailey, RAP Coordinator, interviews fourth year Lakehead University Environmental Science student, Laura Gallagher, about her undergrad thesis work on microplastics in the Thunder Bay Harbour.

For our second installment, Jim Bailey, North Shore RAP coordinator interviewed Laura Gallagher, a 4th year Environmental Science student here at Lakehead University.  Laura is currently completing her 4th year honours thesis project on the presence of microplastics in the Thunder Bay harbour.  Laura talks to us about “what is a microplastic?” and the consequences to them in the Great Lakes.

To listen to the podcast, please click on the above photo for a link to the interview!

See below for a microscopic image of the microplastics that Laura found.

Example of one of the microplastics that Laura Gallagher found in the Thunder Bay Harbour, seen here through a microscope (40X resolution). Photo courtesy of L.Gallagher.
Example of one of the microplastics that Laura Gallagher found in the Thunder Bay Harbour, seen here through a microscope (40X resolution). Photo courtesy of L.Gallagher.

On a larger scale, The 5 Gyres institute, in collaboration with SUNY Fredonia have recently published a scientific paper regarding the presence of microplastics in the Great Lakes. Click HERE to read the article.

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