Walkie Talkie: Plastic Pilgrimage

Meet outside main door at Exeter Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Exeter, EX1 1HS

Did you know that by 2050, the plastic in our oceans could outweigh all fish in the sea?

Drs Ceri Lewis and Lara Pinheiro will take you on a gentle walk from the Cathedral Green to Exeter Quay to chat about the impacts of plastic pollution to our ecosystems and the efforts that are being made in reducing plastic pollution.

As consumers, we interact with plastic and microplastics on a daily basis. This is a great chance to meet two scientists whose work on biological impacts of microplastics is critical to our current understanding of the problem.

The event will last approximately 45 minutes and is part of the British Science Festival.


Speakers


Ceri Lewis

Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology
Bioscience
University of Exeter


Ceri Lewis is an experienced marine biologist conducting research into how marine animals respond to environmental change, such as ocean acidification and plastic pollution. She graduated from Swansea University and did her PhD at Newcastle University before heading off to Cape Town for a 3 year research post. Ceri joined the Catlin Arctic Survey in 2010 and 2011 to study ocean acidification processes in the High Arctic.

Lara Pinheiro

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Biosciences
University of Exeter


Lara’s research aims to investigate and reduce plastic pollution in the region of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Galapagos Archipelago, especially regarding the biological impact on marine species and the risks for these protected areas.