How can a remote, uninhabited island become inundated with plastic waste? And what effect could this have on the local wildlife and marine life? Emma Nichols, a graduate student at Adrift Lab, discussed these questions based on recent findings from Henderson Island (South Pacific).

Adrift Lab is a research group focused on seabirds and marine plastics research, primarily based at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science. Our mission is to use insights gathered from our long-term research to inform marine and waste policy, and to drive positive changes at the individual and community level, for the benefit of our oceans.

The 2021 Global Biodiversity Festival was a 3-day virtual event celebrating the weird and the wonderful, the challenges life faces and some good news conservation stories. Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing highlights from the festival with our community members. Who was your favorite speaker? Add a comment below and we’ll feature their video in a future post.