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New Bedford Science Café

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This month’s guest is Beckett Colson, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution mechanical engineer. He will discuss
“A New Tool for Detecting Ocean Microplastics.” Research has shown that ubiquitous microplastics pollute our oceans. Big unknowns include: How bad is the problem? Where exactly are the microplastics coming from?

Beckett, who works in WHOI’s chemical sensors lab, is designing a fairly inexpensive instrument, flow-through microplastic sensors that might be deployed in situ, directly in the ocean, to map the presence of microplastics and gain clues as to where they are entering waterways. Currently, no such instrument exists. “We need this kind of data if we’re to inform policy decisions that can reduce ocean plastics,” said Beckett received his Ph.D. in Ocean Instrumentation from M.I.T. and WHOI this fall.

Free parking is available behind the building. Attendees are asked to be vaccinated, and facemasks are strongly recommended.



March 7
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Last Round Bar & Grille
908 Purchase St
New Bedford, MA United States
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