No Host: Science Pub - The Plastic Effect

I will not be able to host this event tomorrow evening! This event is now a non-hosted event. Sorry for the change!


Doors open at 5:00pm.  Most Science Pubs fill quickly, so come early for food, drink, and to get a seat!

Science Pub is open to ages 21+, or minor with adult.

$5 suggested cover charge

Since the doors open at 5 pm, I would appreciate if some of you could show up early to help safe seats for the people that come later! Please mention in your RSVP if you are able to be there around 5 pm.


The Plastic Effect: How Plastic Pollution Is Changing the Ocean Ecosystem with Emelia DeForce, PhD, research associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


There is a looming global issue that is centered around a very tangible, user-friendly, and life-saving material: Plastic. Historically, over the last 60+ years, we as a society have gone from revolutionizing our day-to-day lives using plastic to the current “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra. Somewhere in between, a portion of the plastic we consume made its way from our hands and in to our oceans. In recent years, this has become a news-worthy topic as there is concern for the health of our planet. We know little about how much plastic is in our oceans and even less about how this newly introduced plastic is affecting the ocean ecosystem from microscopic organisms that grow on the plastic to fish that ingest the plastic mistaking it for food.

To seek out some answers to the questions about plastic pollution in our oceans, Emelia DeForce, PhD participated in two 6-week research expeditions (operated by Sea Education Association) dedicated to this problem. She will tell a story about what we currently know, what scientists are working on, and she will increase your awareness about the problem for the future.

Emelia currently resides on Cape Cod in Woods Hole, MA and works as a Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She received her master's and PhD degrees at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her specialty is microbial ecology. Her studies about microorganisms living in nature have taken her around the world to remote places. She is thankful for every opportunity to stay “salty” and travel by sea!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative. Didn't find group but like the lecture.

    June 3, 2013

  • Kris K.

    Does anyone want to get a beer after?

    June 3, 2013

    • Terry M.

      Too late, I'm having ice cream at Ben & Jerry's

      June 3, 2013

    • Kris K.

      Haha good choice though.

      June 3, 2013

  • Stacey

    Actually I can make it!

    June 3, 2013

  • Stacey

    I'm excited to join this group and have lots of fun! I have plans tonight but will join the next event! Have fun everyone!

    June 3, 2013

  • Deb

    I've got a conflict, so will not be able to make it tonight, sorry!

    June 3, 2013

  • Peter

    I will not be able to host this event tomorrow evening! This event is now a non-hosted event. Sorry for the change!

    June 2, 2013

  • Tova S.

    Sorry for the cancelation

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Tova S.

    I can be there around 5 pm to help.

    May 31, 2013

  • Deb

    The guest is a maybe at this point. Thx!

    May 10, 2013

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