University of Toronto, Canada

Tentative title: The impacts of plastic debris in aquatic ecosystems

Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Chelsea has her PhD in ecology with emphases on marine ecology, environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology. Her expertise is regarding the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastics and their associated cocktail of chemical contaminants in marine and freshwater habitats. Her work has landed her in traditional and non-traditional waste sites, including two of our ocean’s “garbage patches” and dozens of waste water treatment plants around the country. In addition to her academic research, Chelsea participates in policy meetings and working groups to translate scientific research beyond academia.