Contaminants of Emerging Concern and their Connections to Salish Sea Wildlife and People
Start Time & Date
Contaminants of Emerging Concern are substances that have the potential to harm wildlife and humans, but have not been well studied or regulated. Microplastics, tire wear particles, and pharmaceutical and personal care products are among those that we are studying. The presentation will focus on what we know about the toxicity and chemistry of these substances, and what we know about the impacts to wildlife and humans in the Salish Sea.
Ruth Sofield is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University. She is an environmental toxicologist and chemist with experience in marine and freshwater systems. Her current research projects are focused on microplastic and tire wear particle toxicity and chemistry, modeling the risk of contaminants of emerging concern in Puget Sound, and assessing contamination in Salish Sea seaweeds.
Location & Time
Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30pm On-campus and ONLINE.
Due to the pandemic, the in-person presentations are not open to the public. However, the talks will be live-streamed ONLINE for the off-campus audience.