University of Tasmania

Jennifer Lavers

2017 Environment & Sustainability

Jennifer Lavers, a research scientist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, studies the shocking effects of plastic pollution on ocean ecosystems, in particular seabird populations. Her 2017 reports on extraordinary pollution levels found on a remote and uninhabited island deep in the Pacific Ocean listed as UNESCO World Heritage, has served as a global wake-up call on the alarming state of our oceans. Based on her outstanding field research and equipped with haunting examples of wildlife destruction by human hand, Jennifer advocates for urgent action by governments, companies and individuals in order to avoid a complete and irreversible collapse of the world’s oceans.

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