The expansive program—which will conduct critically important scientific research on ocean pollution sources and consequences—will be led by Dr.
"Threats to ocean health include urban and industrial effluents, runoff from forestry and agriculture, oil and gas shipping and exploration, plastics and debris, and climate change," says Dr. Ross. "Understanding the nature and extent of these threats provide a crucial basis for policies and practices that will protect ocean health for future generations.
"This is an area of study that must not be overlooked," says Dr. Ross. "By launching this program, we're meeting immediate scientific, conservation and education needs. The Aquarium is stepping up to the plate on an issue that is often vexing and complex but also worthy of dedicated research."
This vital research will take place on the ocean and in the laboratory. State-of-the-art equipment for measuring and assessing the impacts of ocean pollutants will be housed in a new laboratory at
• Marine mammals as sentinels of ocean pollution • Clean seafoods for coastal communities • Marine debris and microplastics • Hydrocarbons in the coastal environment • Emerging pollutant concerns
"The Ocean Pollution Science Program is part of
Editors: A backgrounder and biography of Dr.
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