Microplastics discussed at next Comox Valley Nature lecture on Jan. 15

Comox Valley Nature hosts Dr. Sarah Dudas for a lecture on  “Microplastics in the environment and implications for the Salish Sea.”

Dudas is Canada research chair at the Shellfish Research Centre at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

Her research of microplastic impacts on marine food chains has drawn international attention, and on the  national webinar series of the Canadian Society for Environmental Biologists. She is currently supervising a project tagging some 3,000 Vancouver Island shellfish to study the impacts of microplastics on marine food chains.

The impact of microplastics ingested by marine organisms is a growing recent concern. Dudas, together with Dr. Katie Davidson, is the author of one of the few recent in-depth studies on the presence of microplastics on manila clams in Baynes Sound and potential impacts of microplastics.

The free lecture is on Sunday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre,  411 Anderton, Courtenay.