Understanding PFAS: A Major Coastal and Ocean Issue | All Swell?

June 22, 2022

An issue we're going to be hearing much more about!

This episode on All Swell? covers the 3rd National PFAS Conference hosted in Wilmington, NC. Genevieve is joined by two other NC student researchers, Ashley Connors and Krystal Taylor to discuss PFAS, research, advocacy, and environmental justice.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of over 9,000 persistent hazardous chemicals used in industrial processes and consumer goods. They are ubiquitous in the environment and in people, who are exposed to PFAS via contaminated food and water, consumer products, and workplaces. Exposure to several PFAS has been linked to a plethora of health effects in both animal and human studies, even at background levels. They are so environmentally persistent that they have been termed “forever chemicals.

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Genevieve “GG” Guerry, Kyra Hagge, Nora Ives, Eva May, and Kara Nunnally

American Shoreline Podcast Network teamed up with graduate and professional students from student chapters of The Coastal Society to highlight voices in coastal science and management. Together they’ve created All Swell?, an innovative podcast that dives into current ocean and coastal issues, their potential solutions, and the people leading the way toward a more resilient future. The podcast creators and hosts this year are from East Carolina University and Duke University. Genevieve “GG” Guerry and Kyra Hagge are Ph.D. candidates at East Carolina. GG is interested in public health and aims to work on the public perception of forever chemicals such as PFAS in the Cape Fear watershed and climate migration. Kyra is integrating behavioral economics and social psychology with hydrogeology to tackle questions about pro-environmental behavior and adoption of green technology along the coast of North Carolina. Nora Ives, Eva May, and Kara Nunnally are Master of Environmental Management candidates at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment. Nora’s work explores policy and other management solutions to better conserve marine biodiversity, with a focus on protecting coastal elasmobranch nurseries. Eva’s work is in the field of sustainable fisheries and marine mammal accidental capture - she hopes to help find equitable solutions to bycatch that minimize fishery impacts on marine mammals and improve ecosystem knowledge amongst fishermen. Kara is interested in coastal resilience and adaptation strategies for North Carolina communities, shellfish aquaculture, sustainable sportfishing practices, and the microplastic crisis.