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The accumulation of plastic waste in our oceans and other bodies of water is a serious concern that dominates news stories. Unfortunately, it is not a simple problem to understand or study. Much of this debris exists in tiny pieces called microplastics, which are able to interact with even the smallest ocean animals but very difficult for scientists to trace. The chemical makeup of plastics varies greatly and adds another layer of difficulty in understanding how plastics affect the marine environment. Ashley King, a masters student at VIMS, will discuss the complex story of plastics in the ocean — where they come from, where they go, and how they impact ocean organisms. She will explain what the future may hold and our role in the story. 

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