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Meet the Expert, Biology Dr. Rae McNeish VIRTUAL EVENT
Meet the Expert, Biology Dr. Rae McNeish VIRTUAL EVENT

Thu, Nov 16

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Online Virtual Event

Meet the Expert, Biology Dr. Rae McNeish VIRTUAL EVENT

Ever wonder how much plastic rains on you or was in the fish now on your dinner plate?

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Nov 16, 2023, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST

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Registration Closes at 2pm on November 16, 2023

Only one ticket reservation necessary per family/group

Ever wonder how much plastic rains on you or was in the fish now on your dinner plate?

Dr. Rae McNeish, a freshwater ecologist, will explore these and other questions to better understand plastic pollution in the environment. Discover how human activities play a critical role in the interactions between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, as well as the effects of plastic pollution associated with plastic pollution on rivers and animals. Learn how research into plastics in the environment can be used to create a framework for managing plastic pollution in terrestrial and freshwater habitats. Dr. McNeish’s goal is for the science she and her student do benefit both the environment and human well-being while also contributing to our scientific understanding of the environment.

Dr. Rae McNeish is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Bakersfield. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Millersville University, Pennsylvania where she studied how an invasive plant (tree-of-heaven) and an invasive crayfish (rusty crayfish) impacted the aggressive behavior of a native crayfish species. She earned her Master of Science and Ph.D. Degrees in Biology from the University of Dayton, Ohio while she explored how management activities for the removal of a terrestrial invasive plant (Amur honeysuckle) impacted stream ecosystems. Dr. McNeish conducted her postdoctoral research at Loyola University Chicago, Illinois with the goal of understanding how seasonal patterns and changes in the landscape impact microplastic pollution in rivers throughout the Lake Michigan watershed.

Her research at CSUB focuses on terrestrial-aquatic connections and how human activities, pollutants, and terrestrial management practices impact freshwater ecosystems. Current research projects are exploring the ecological and biological connections associated with anthropogenic litter and microplastics in the environment while working towards establishing standardized microplastic methodologies. Dr. McNeish's goals are to contribute to the broader understanding of freshwater ecosystems, engaging students in research, and communicating results to broader communities while conducting science that serves these communities.

Registration Closes at 2pm on November 16, 2023

Only one ticket reservation necessary per family/group

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