Winter Break = lots of lab time!

Over the break I am finally able to catch up on all my dissections and sand processing.  Currently I have gathered over 200 sand crabs from up and down the coast of California to test for microplastics as well as sand samples from each location.  This will be a busy winter break!IMG_8487

What a great event!

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PatrickMicheala and I arrived just as the sun was coming up to a great event at Ledbetter Beach in Santa Barbara!  This ‘keiki’ surf contest was hosted by Surf Happens which is a local surf school in Santa Barbara dedicated to teaching kids the art of surfing with proper education, etiquette and history of the sport.  The group promotes the high five initiative where everyone that hits the beach picks up 5 pieces of trash before they enjoy the waves.

This weekend was special because Pro Surfer Lakey Peterson was there to host the event and had a special clinic session for Teddy Bear families with kids that have cancer.  It was pretty cool to watch parents and kids out there having fun in the waves with a pro surfer!

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Sand, Sand and more Sand!

This week I am excited that I have collected over 50 sand samples from all over the United States with help of friends and colleagues! I have also been able to borrow some historical samples from different places in the world! I will be testing all of the samples for the presence of microplastics as well as collecting what I find in each sample to run some new testing procedures to determine what they are and hopefully give us an idea what the main pollution source is in each area .

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WSN!

This weekend I was able to present my research project in the poster session at WSN in Sacramento, CA.  I had an awesome time meeting other students and professors from all over the place.

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