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Join us on the 9th May at 9am BST / 8am GMTfor episode eleven in our series, with PhD Candidate Peter Puskic , University of Tasmania. In this Researcher Live event, Peter will discuss his research on the effects of plastic on wildlife.
Plastic ingestion spells bad news for the animals which consume it. We know large amounts of plastics may damage an animal's internal organs, and lead to starvation or asphyxiation. However, when it comes to exploring the sub-lethal impacts described in lab settings, such as chemical leaching or impacts on growth, has proved challenging for wild animals which face multiple threats and pressures. Peter's PhD project brings together multiple disciplines and stakeholders to look at this problem holistically and collaboratively. I work with Aboriginal seabird harvesters, vets, and wildlife carers, emerging technologies for plastic research, and use a range of molecular and wildlife health tools.
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Full series programme:
- 4th April, 1.30pm BST How NOT to save a planet with Prof Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, the Dean of Durham Law School
- 13th April, 10am BST - The challenges of communicating climate change with Dr Christel W. van Eck, University of Amsterdam
- 19th April, 3pm BST - Achieving climate goals in the residential sector and industry: Power to heat and Green hydrogen as the most promising applications of sector integration with Dr Tuomas Vanhanen, Tampere University, Finland, and Jasmin Ramsebner, Vienna University of Technology
- 20th April, 4pm BST - Role of AI in Predicting Climate Disasters in Northern Regions with Dr. Pooneh Maghoul, Polytechnique Montreal and PhD Candidate Ali Fatolahzadeh Gheysari, University of Manitoba
- 21st April 1pm BST - The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change with Prof. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- 22nd April, 10am BST - Home away from home: The importance of sanctuaries for protecting and studying our fellow apes with PhD Candidate Jake Brooker, Durham University
- 25th April, 10am BST - Satellite Remote Sensing - a Conservation Revolution with Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
- 26th April, 9am BST - Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System with Professor Neil Ward, Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich
- 28th April, 11am BST - Defusing the 2020s Heat Bomb: Getting Government Action Now with Prof Ian Budge, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex
- 4th May, 3pm BST - Opportunities for storage to achieve deep decarbonization across sectors with Prof Noah Kittner, University of North Carolina System, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
- 9th May, 9am BST - Impacts of Plastics Pollution on Seabirds with PhD Candidate Peter Puskic, University of Tasmania
- 12th May, 10am BST - Biotransformation Technology: How to deliver full biological decomposition on polyolefin packaging materials in the open environment with Celine Moreira, Polymateria
interested in anthropogenic impacts on wildlife and ecosystems, Peter originally completed his undergraduate degrees in Zoology and Archaeology. At the time this seemed like a somewhat unlikely pairing, but now very fitting as he studies ‘Future Fossils: plastic pollution'. Peter’s PhD tries to detect the impacts of plastic and associated chemical pollution on wildlife. This uses multidisciplinary approaches such as animal health, molecular, ecotoxicological, and animal nutrition tools to explore the effects of plastic ingestion in seabirds. Peter loves science communication and community science as he sees this as an effective way to engage local communities in the prevention of pollution and encourage sustainable behaviours.
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