CANCELED – 8th Annual Scott W. Nixon Lecture: Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean


Date: New date TBD
Location: Coastal Institute Auditorium, Narragansett Bay Campus

Reception to follow in Studio Blue

Rsvp to:

Guest Speaker
Jenna Jambeck, PhD
Professor, College of Engineering
University of GeorgiaLecture will be livestreamed:

The Annual Scott W. Nixon hosted by the URI Coastal Institute will feature guest speaker Dr. Jenna Jambeck.  Dr. Jambeck is a Professor in Environmental Engineering at University of Georgia (UGA), Director of the Center for Circular Materials Management in the New Materials Institute, a National Geographic Fellow. She has been conducting research on solid waste issues for over 23 years with related projects on marine debris for 19. She also specializes in global waste management issues and plastic contamination. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean has been recognized by the global community and translated into policy discussions by the Global Ocean Commission, in testimony to U.S. Congress, in G7 and G20 Declarations, and the United Nations Environment program. She conducts public environmental diplomacy as an International Informational Speaker for the US Department of State. This has included multiple global programs of speaking events, meetings, presentations to governmental bodies, and media outreach in thirteen economies including Chile, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, Vietnam, Jordan, Israel, South Korea, India, and China. She has won awards for her teaching and research in the College of Engineering and the UGA Creative Research Medal, as well as a Public Service and Outreach Fellowship. In 2014 she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with 13 other women in eXXpedition to sample land and open ocean plastic and encourage women to enter STEM disciplines. She is co-developer of the mobile app Marine Debris Tracker, a tool that continues to facilitate a growing global citizen science initiative. The app and citizen science program has documented the location of over two million litter and marine debris items removed from our environment throughout the world. Follow her work on Twitter @JambeckResearch, @DebrisTracker.