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Prof. Sherri Mason, one of the premier researchers of microplastics in freshwater ecosystems, will present a keynote address on “Microplastics in the Great Lakes” and then participate in a panel discussion on the topic at this year’s Freshwater Summit, which focuses on current issues facing the Great Lakes, on Oct. 30 at the Grand Traverse Resort.
Mason, a Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Program Coordinator at the State University of New York in Fredonia, conduced the first-ever survey of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes in 2012.
“Not surprisingly, we have found plastic particles within all five of the Great Lakes. The counts obtained rival those within the worlds’ ocean,” she says. “What surprised us the most is the size of the particles we found. To date, about 70 percent of the plastic we skim off the surface of the Great Lakes is between one third and one millimeter in diameter.”
Panelists include Melissa Duhame, Research Scientist at the University of Michigan; Tim Hoellein, Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago and Jeanie Williams, Lead Scientist and Education Coordinator with Inland Seas Education Association.
Other topics to be covered at the Freshwater Summit include Great Lakes evaporation, Great Lakes coastal wetlands and local research and restoration projects.
This year’s Freshwater Summit is part of the 9thBienniel State of Lake Michigan/15th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association conference and will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Grand Traverse Resort from 8:30a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $45 per person; $25 for students. Prices include lunch.
Register at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1750155.