Assistant Professor Chelsea Rochman gave testimony today at the US House of Representatives in DC on the topic of Marine Debris: Impacts on Ecosystems and Species

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Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the University of Toronto, a scientific advisor to the Ocean Conservancy, and a co-founder and director of the U of T Trash Team. Chelsea holds a BSc in Biology from University of California, San Diego and a PhD in Marine Ecology from University of California, Davis and San Diego State University. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for the past decade. She currently runs a research program of more than 30 people researching plastic pollution, with microplastics being a major focus. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In addition to her research, Chelsea works to translate her science beyond academia. For example, her research group runs an outreach program in the community and Chelsea regularly presents their work to and/or provides advice for policy makers and managers in Canada, the US, the EU and the UNE.