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Freshwater Colloquium: Microbial Interactions with Microplastics in Freshwater Environments

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Dr. John J. Kelly, Loyola University Chicago, will present “Microbial Interactions with Microplastics in Freshwater Environments” as part of the School of Freshwater Sciences spring colloquium series. 

Dr. Kelly is a Professor and Department of Biology Chair at Loyola University Chicago. His research focuses on microbial ecology and the analysis of complex microbial communities.  

Microplastic particles are contaminants of emerging concern in marine and freshwater habitats throughout the world. In aquatic environments microplastic surfaces are colonized by biofilms, which are complex communities of microorganisms attached to surfaces. Microbial growth on microplastics in freshwaters can affect the transport and biotic interactions of these materials, and in turn the interaction with microplastic surfaces and other adsorbed contaminants can affect the composition, transport, and activity of aquatic microbial communities. This talk will highlight Dr. Kelly’s recent work on microbial interactions with microplastics in freshwater environments. ​​

This presentation is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public.

The Colloquium series creates a platform where students, faculty, and scientists discuss emergent issues related to freshwater science research. Invited speakers present specific topics of their research, as well as policy, commercial, and industrial experiences.