Kristen Mitchell, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo
A few weeks before finishing my PhD thesis I received an email asking me: “Do you long to sail on the open ocean one more time? Do you have fond memories of bow watch, gimbaled tables, and picking plastic out of neuston net samples? Are you looking for something adventurous to do this fall?” My answer was: “Yes! Get me out from behind this computer!” I decided to fill out the volunteer form and see what would happen.
As our journey ended in Hawaii, we all began our journeys home to our respective jobs, families, and lives. It was hard to say good bye to new friends, but before we parted ways we all agreed to share our journey and what we had learned about plastics in our oceans with as many people as possible. If you wish to learn more about our journey, check out the Plastics at SEA webpage which has videos, photos and our expedition journal.