Scientific Advisors

Plastic Pollution Coalition Scientific Advisors are highly regarded professionals in their respective fields, which range from oceanography to environmental and human health to marine biology to chemistry and more. They advise our team and Coalition members on matters relevant to their area of expertise.

Abigail Barrows, M.Phil
Marine Research Scientist, Adventure Scientists
College of the Atlantic & Global Microplastics Initiative

Arlene Blum, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Green Science Policy Institute

Susanne M. Brander, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Brander Lab, Oregon State University
Consortium Co-Leader and Project Co-Principal Investigator
Pacific Northwest Consortium on Plastics

Terrence J. Collins, Ph.D.
Institute for Green Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry

Win Cowger, Ph.D.
Research Director
Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research
Visiting Scholar
The Gray Lab

Sandra Curtis, Ph.D.
Public Health Institute

Wise Goodluck Datsomor, MSc.
Marine Research Scientist
Research Team Member
Plastic Punch

Jan Dell, P.E.
Independent Engineer
The Last Beach Cleanup

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.
Oceanographer, Explorer, Author & Lecturer
Mission Blue

Lisa Erdle, Ph.D.
Director of Science & Innovation
5 Gyres

Marcus Eriksen, Ph.D.
Explorer & Plastic Pollution Education Specialist
Co-Founder, 5 Gyres

Sedat Gündoğdu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Fisheries, Cukurova University, Microplastic Research Group

Rolf Halden, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Environmental Security
ASU Biodesign Institute

Jeremy Jackson, Ph.D.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Philip J. Landrigan, M.D.
Founding Director
Program in Global Public Health and the Common Good
Boston College

Manasa Mantravadi, M.D.
Founder, AHIMSA

Sherri A. “Sam” Mason, Ph.D.
Freshwater Plastic Pollution Researcher

Jane Munke, Ph.D.
Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer
Food Packaging Forum

Pete Myers, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Scientist
Environmental Health News

Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.
Marine Biologist
Chairman, California Academy of Sciences

Charles Rolsky, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Shaw Institute

Leticia Socal, Ph.D.
Chemist and Materials Scientist
Founder, Natu

Nicole Stott, M.Sc.
Veteran NASA Astronaut & Aquanaut
Founding Director, Space for Art Foundation

Kristian Syberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Roskilde University

Hideshige Takada, Ph.D.
Professor of Organic Geochemistry
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Tierney Thys, Ph.D.
Marine Biologist
Co-Founder and Director, Around the World in 80 Fabrics

Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P.
Professor and Researcher
NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Janette Wallis, Ph.D.
International Primatological Society


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