Sustainability & The Environment

How Researchers Are Combating Plastic Pollution Today

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Megan Fieser, assistant professor of chemistry at USC Dornsife, discusses current projections for plastic pollution and commercial methods being used to address plastic waste. Find out what researchers are doing to contribute to solutions and what we can do to help mitigate the pollution. Featuring Katie Chvostal, development officer at the Friends of the Wrigley Institute and manager of the George and MaryLou Boone Center; John Heidelberg, executive director of the Wrigley Marine Science Center; and Ann Close, associate director and director of Education at the Wrigley Institute.

Who Will Benefit

– Those looking to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the plastic pollution crisis
– Conservationists who want to identify safe substitute alternatives to plastic products and materials
– Those searching for information on the different types of plastic, their properties and how they contribute to pollution

About Our Featured Faculty

Megan E. Fieser is a Gabilan Assistant Professor of Chemistry at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Fieser earned a BA in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, where she completed her dissertation on spectroscopic and computational analysis of rare earth and actinide complexes in unusual coordination environments and oxidation states. From there, Fieser became a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota.