Chelsea M. Rochman, PhD
Smith Fellow in Conservation Biology
University of California Davis and University of Toronto
Panelist–Marine Plastics: What's the Catch?
Chelsea Rochman, PhD is a Smith Fellow at the University of Toronto and UC Davis. She’s an ecologist who focuses on marine ecology, environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology. She’s most interested in how the incredible progress of our own species affects the well-being of others. Her broader research interests examine the ecological effects of anthropogenic contaminants on wildlife and our resources, e.g. water and seafood. Her current focus is the implications of plastic debris into aquatic habitats. Particularly, her expertise is related to the sources and effects of the chemicals—pesticides, trace metals, flame retardants—associated with plastic debris. Although her current focus is on the impacts of plastic debris in coastal habitats for wildlife and fish for human consumption, she’s also studied plastic debris in the subtropical gyres. First and foremost, she considers herself a curious person with a passion for the wilderness, and most importantly for conservation of wilderness and our environmental resources. In addition to her research, Chelsea participates in policy meetings and working groups to translate scientific research beyond academia. chelsearochman.com