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Research Themes at UTAS: Tackling marine debris through research


Research Themes at UTAS: Tackling marine debris through research

Marine debris, including but not limited to discarded fishing gear, ghostnets, microplastics, and plastic pollution, is an ever-growing problem. Researchers at the University of Tasmania are examining the environmental, governance, community and aesthetic impacts of marine debris, and what we can do to solve this global problem.

Dr Joanna Vince, Senior Lecturer - Policy and Politics;
Kathy Willis, PhD candidate;
Kelsey Richardson, PhD candidate; and
Peter Walsh, Manager, Data and Information Systems.

Presented as part of the University of Tasmania Research Themes public forum series.
University of Tasmania Research Themes
The most pressing challenges our local and global communities face are deeply complex and can only be overcome by the combined efforts of diverse disciplines.
Our Research Themes draw together our rich multi-disciplinary expertise to develop solutions to real-world problems of global relevance, within a local context. They provide an interdisciplinary setting for individuals, established research concentrations and our partners to work collaboratively, and capitalise on the advantages presented by our unique locality and existing areas of research excellence.
Marine, Antarctic and Maritime
Sitting at the edge of the vast Southern Ocean, and separated from the Australian mainland by a treacherous Strait, Tasmania is an ideal laboratory in which to advance understanding of temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic environments.
Tasmania's only university enjoys all the advantages its location has to offer: tremendous international collaborations, world-class expertise and the broadest range of marine, Antarctic and maritime research programs in the country.
Following a long tradition in marine and Antarctic exploration and discovery, researchers at the University of Tasmania continue to lead the world in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science and governance. Our researchers also help to drive marine technology capability and support sustainable marine industries.

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