Public Lecture: Organic Pollutants in the Ocean
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00pm
Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker Classroom 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908
Organic Pollutants in the Ocean: How do they End Up on our Dinner Plates?
Presented by Dr. Loretta Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Persistent organic pollutants include pesticides, oils, flame retardants, herbicides, and innumerable other products and byproducts of modern civilization. As their name implies, these compounds are highly stable, making them long-lived and able to be transported throughout the biosphere in our fluid atmosphere and oceans. Determining how likely chemicals from a given contaminated site are to be transferred to the tissues of native organisms is a question scientists have been struggling to answer for decades. Progress in methods of sampling environmental compartments such as natural waters and sediments has identified a promising indicator of that likelihood, freely-dissolved concentrations.
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