2022 Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium Distinguished Speaker

JENNA JAMBECK, PhD

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Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor

Dr. Jenna Jambeck is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA) and Lead of the Circular Informatics Lab in the New Materials Institute at UGA. From 2018 – 2021 she was a National Geographic Fellow and co-Lead of the Sea to Source Expedition: Ganges. She has been conducting research on solid waste issues for over 25 years with related projects on marine debris and plastic pollution since 2001. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean has been recognized by the global community and translated into policy discussions by the High Level Panel for the Ocean, in testimony to U.S. Congress, in G7 and G20 Declarations, and the United Nations Environment Programme. She conducts public environmental diplomacy as an International Informational Speaker for the US Department of State. This has included multiple global programs of speaking events, meetings, presentations to governmental bodies, and media outreach around the world in 13 different countries. She has won awards for her teaching and research in the College of Engineering and the UGA Creative Research Medal, as well as a Public Service and Outreach Fellowship. In 2014 she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with 13 other women in eXXpedition to sample land and open ocean plastic and encourage women to enter STEM disciplines. She is co-developer of the mobile app Marine Debris Tracker, a tool that continues to facilitate a growing global citizen science initiative. The app and citizen science program has documented the location of over five million litter and marine debris items removed from our environment throughout the world. Follow her work on Twitter @JambeckResearch, @DebrisTracker.