Oh, the Places Ocean Plastic Will Go with Dr. Delphine Lobelle | Rising Sea Voices Podcast
We're swimming in plastic with no easy way out.
Join Rising Sea Voices’ host Felicia Olmeta-Schult and Dr. Delphine Lobelle, physical oceanographer and post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, to talk ocean plastic! In this episode, Delphine explains her work on computer simulations that estimate where tiny pieces of plastic (smaller than a grain of rice) will end up in the ocean. It happens that algal growth on these tiny pieces has an important role to play. Delphine does not stop there. She strongly believes that stakeholder engagement, scientific communication and collaborations, and synergies at the nexus of society, policy, and science are necessary to take effective actions in the clean-up and management of plastic. Outside of her postdoc, she dedicates time to inform and connect people via webinars, a global summit, and an intergenerational network so we can together find ocean solutions.
We hope you will enjoy this episode and join us monthly to discover new guests and their work! In the meantime, look below for Delphine’s bio and contact information and links to events and organizations she mentioned in this episode.
Alt-text: A young white woman with blond hair, a brown scarf, and white jacket smiles in the foreground. She is on a vessel on a sunny day with a clear sky. Behind her is the open ocean with an iceberg in the far background.
Dr. Delphine Lobelle is a physical oceanographer and post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. She works in a team called TOPIOS or Tracking of Plastic In Our Seas, which aims at exploring where plastic ends up in the ocean. Delphine specifically investigates algal growth on tiny pieces of plastic (smaller than a grain of rice) and how this affects global 3D transport of ocean plastic. She is also working half-time on a material flow analysis of Dutch plastic waste to estimate how much ends up in the environment. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography at the University of Southampton (UK), her MSc. in Applied Marine Science at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and her BSc. in Biological Sciences at Warwick University (U.K). Delphine is the co-organizer of Ocean Plastic Webinars, she coordinated the global Ocean Visions summit on ocean solutions earlier this year, and she is always interested in getting involved in public engagement and science communication events.
- Ocean Visions Summit website + YouTube videos from the event
- Ocean Plastic Webinars website + YouTube videos of monthly talks + Twitter page
- Early Career Ocean Professionals slack page invite
- Research team’s twitter account
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This episode was recorded on October 22nd, 2021.