Research Themes at UTAS: Tackling marine debris through research


Our Research Themes draw together our rich multi-disciplinary expertise. Come join this forum of speakers from our Marine, Antarctic and Maritime Research Theme.

Start Date

29th May 2018 6:00pm

End Date

29th May 2018 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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Marine plastic pollution is a complex collective action problem with dire ecological and social consequences. An estimated 6-12 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans annually. It is so widespread that macroplastics, microplastics, and nanoplastics have been found in the most remote ocean areas and at enormous depths. While the majority of plastic enters the ocean via land-based sources, sea-based pollution has a disproportionately large impact on fisheries and the marine ecosystem.

This Marine Antarctic and Maritime Research Theme forum introduces UTAS researchers and their projects that address this pressing issue. These researchers utilise multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to examine issues ranging from local to global impacts and solutions for plastic marine debris sourced from both the land and the sea.

  • Dr Joanna Vince, Senior Lecturer - Policy and Politics;
  • Kathy Willis, PhD candidate;
  • Kelsey Richardson, PhD candidate; and
  • Peter Walsh, Manager, Data and Information Systems.

Presented as part of the University of Tasmania's
Research Themes public forum series.

University of Tasmania Research Themes

The most pressing challenges our local and global communities face are deeply complex and can only be overcome by the combined efforts of diverse disciplines.

Our Research Themes draw together our rich multi-disciplinary expertise to develop solutions to real-world problems of global relevance, within a local context. They provide an interdisciplinary setting for individuals, established research concentrations and our partners to work collaboratively, and capitalise on the advantages presented by our unique locality and existing areas of research excellence.

Marine, Antarctic and Maritime

Sitting at the edge of the vast Southern Ocean, and separated from the Australian mainland by a treacherous Strait, Tasmania is an ideal laboratory in which to advance understanding of temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic environments.

Tasmania's only university enjoys all the advantages its location has to offer: tremendous international collaborations, world-class expertise and the broadest range of marine, Antarctic and maritime research programs in the country.

Following a long tradition in marine and Antarctic exploration and discovery, researchers at the University of Tasmania continue to lead the world in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science and governance. Our researchers also help to drive marine technology capability and support sustainable marine industries.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.


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