Beach Trash

Harvard scientist Graham Reynolds with a call for more focused study on beach pollution.  The same idea behind the Bahamas Plastic Movement post we made last week.  Anybody that has their own observations and ideas to share, if even simple, don’t hesitate to send them along to us.

Thanks Graham for this thought…

I recently visited the Ragged Islands as part of my work studying the reptiles of the Bahamas. I am continuing to notice many pristine and undeveloped beaches which look like this one.

Currents bring huge quantities of trash, mostly plastic and styrofoam, to Bahamian beaches. Indeed, the problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is continuing to be recognized as a major concern. Perhaps we should start photographing these beaches and posting the photos, as a way to draw attention to this problem? Most visitors to the islands are likely not seeing what the “natural” state of many beaches currently looks like- beautiful sand covered with a layer of plastic flotsam.

By | 2015-08-04T11:21:08-04:00 August 4th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, pollution|Comments Off on Beach Trash

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Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.