Science Saturday: Ecological Survey Effects of Micro-plastics

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Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Fee: $5

Fee with Member Discount: Free for Members & FRIENDS

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November 14: Ecological Survey Effects of Micro-plastics

Presenter: Aaron Stoler

Over the past two years, Aaron Stoler has conducted an extensive survey of micro-plastic contamination in freshwater lakes across the state of New Jersey. He have also explored how micro-plastic contamination influences freshwater organisms and entire communities. In this talk, he will discuss why micro-plastics are a topic of concern. Aaron will also talk about how he measures micro-plastics in the environment and will go over some of his preliminary results.


Aaron Stoler is a freshwater ecologist at Stockton University. He focuses on questions related to the relationship between biodiversity and ecological function, as well the ecotoxicology of various contaminants (e.g., microplastics, road salt, pesticides, fertilizer). He is most interested in exploring the intersection of those two fields; particularly asking how diversity might buffer against effects of contamination in freshwater systems. As a complete non-sequitur, he is also working on a USDA-sponsored grant to promote maple syrup production in southern New Jersey.

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