Ocean Plastic Research eXXpedition
As an eastern North Carolina native, I am extremely proud to represent the US and North Carolina on the eXXpedition research crew that includes female researchers from all over the world. I am also very excited to be able to share the experience with all of my supporters back home during the creation of eXXpedition’s inspiring narrative of female leadership, personal and environmental exploration, and cultural conversation space aboard Sea Dragon, a 72 foot scientific exploration vessel.
As part of official crew for the 2015 Amazon eXXpedition, my research focus will be studying solid waste infrustructure and conducting vital research on plastics in the ocean (see more detail below).
As part of this journey, I will also be producing marine debris related curriculum that will be free for educators worldwide to download and use in their classrooms.
The curriculum will be presented during the 2016 NC Marine Debris Sympoisum and will be avialable for download by September 15th, 2016 at www.ncmarinedebrissymposium.com.
Here is more info about the eXXpedition:
Creating life changing all female research missions exploring the unseen problem of plastic and toxic contamination while creating an inspiring narrative of female leadership, personal and environmental exploration, and cultural conversation space aboard Sea Dragon, a scientific exploration vessel.
Our mission is to explore the issue of chemicals, endocrine disrupters and carcinogens in our personal and global environment that can cause disease, in particular raising awareness of those linked to the rise in breast cancer rates.
Our aim is to engage women in scientific narratives relating to the consumer choices they make, and their long term health impacts on themselves and our environment.
During an eXXpedition voyage we collect environmental samples to assess plastic and pollutants, feeding in these samples to wider studies investigating the impacts of toxics and plastics pollutants and linking this sampling to narratives of ecosystem health, personal health and the products we consume.
The eXXpedition crew participate in biomonitoring with the UN founded initiative ‘Safe Planet‘ to assess personal exposure to known toxic substances. Through personal exploration of our internal environment (MeSearch) we aim to better understand the levels of toxic exposure in women. Through our shared mission to understand this invisible pollution we hope to create a conversation which sheds light on the science of ecotoxicology and inspire positive actions to tackle the root causes.
All women’s voyages to make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our bodies to the toxics in our seas!
“eXXpedition” is a series of voyages to “make the unseen seen”, from the toxins in our bodies to the toxins in the seas. The overall mission is to explore the issue of chemicals, endocrine disrupters and carcinogens in our personal and global environment that can cause disease, in particular raising awareness of those linked to the rise in breast cancer rates.
The initiative is to engage women in scientific narratives relating to the consumer choices they make, and their long term health impacts on themselves and our environment.
During this eXXpedition voyage, the key is to collect environmental samples to assess plastic and pollutants, feeding in these samples to wider studies investigating the impacts of toxins and plastics pollutants and linking this sampling to narratives of ecosystem health, personal health, and the products we consume.
The eXXpedition crew, including myself, will participate in biomonitoring with the UN founded initiative ‘Safe Planet‘ to assess personal exposure to known toxic substances. Through personal exploration of our internal environment the focus is to better understand the levels of toxic exposure in women to work on ways to reduce such exposure.
Each eXXpedition voyage includes specific scientific research that will be conducted at sea as part of the over-all mission. My research focus will be studying plastic chemical absorption and plastic accumulation in the ocean and nearby solid waste facility infrastructure as it relates to such accumulation. I will also be working on developing curriculum for formal and informal educators to use in regards to marine debris prevention and best management practices for removal.
The plastic research includes studying the solid waste and recycling infrastructure of Recife, Brazil and Guyana, which will include waste audits and other data collection methods at solid waste facilities. As part of the actual at sea expedition there will be a heavy focus on plastic collection in the ocean during the 22 day journey sailing from Brazil to Guyana, which will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Georgia studies and Dr. Jenna Jambeck.
Manta trawl sampling will be conducted along the way in order to collect plastics that are larger than 333 microns. GPS locations of the trawls as well as locations of specific types of debris found will be tracked using the Marine Debris Tracker App.
Bucket sampling will be done on a daily basis to sample microplastics at several different levels. Floating debris will also be collected and tracked using the marine debris tracker. You can even keep up-to-date with news of our journey through different blog sites and track our plastic data collection information as well as GPS through the marine debris tracker app website.
I also plan to study any plastic or other debris accumulation on the bottom of the ocean in specific areas that are within recreational diving depth if the weather conditions are conducive.
This research is all part of a 22 day journey in the month of December 2015 sailing from Recife, Brazil to Guyana, but the research being done here will be far reaching and will serve to provide useful information on reducing plastic accumulation and pollutants around the world and for future generations to come.
I am currently seeking help to help cover my part of the research and travel. There will be blog casts, video footage, and a film that will be produced as a part of this exploration and research. The film will be shown all over the world and you can keep track of my research and news about the voyage at www.exxpedition.com.
Please also see my blog at www.coastinista.com Large donors and sponsors will be shown on the side bar including their logo and link to their website. Major donors and sponsors will also have multiple blog posts related to their business and/or products.
Thanks so much,
I am still reaching out for help in funding the eXXpedition.com ocean plastic research. My part of the funding is due in August, so I am running out of time to raise funds needed to make this happen.
The $5,000 I am hoping to fund via GoFundMe is just a portion of the funds that are needed for this project.
I would not ask for anyone to support a project that I am not willing to also support. I am supporting this project through thousands of dollars, nights and weekends of my spare time prior to the trip for planning and logistics, and a month off of work (my career job of over 11 years that I adore and have the support of supervisors and co-workers) to dedicate that time to the journey and research.
I am asking for your support for this worthwhile research. It is something that is very near and dear to me. I hope you find the time to read up about the research and the trip and find that it is something that you too would like to support.
Small contributions mean just as much as the larger contributions and I am forever grateful for every donation made.
For those that own a small or large business or blog or website that contribute $100 or more, I will feature your info several different ways including on my blog site www.coastinista.com for at least one year to the date of the contribution. This blog site will feature updates about the research, videos of the journey, and blogs about businesses that support the cause.
Thanks so much to my supporters so far:
Carolina Recycling Association
Keary and Drew Cunningham
Jim Ries and One More Generation
Lululemon of North Hills, Raleigh
and Wes Rider