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December 2022 Conference

Dec 12 & 13 | Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building
Masks are encouraged!

Location: Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building, OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center - Newport, OR

Hotel: Best Western - Newport, OR (click                for the group booking rate, or call 541-265-9411 ext. 2 to speak directly to the front desk and tell them you are with the PNW Consortium on Plastics)

Cost of Attendance: $50 (free for students, postdocs, speakers)

Optional: Poster session presentation, if you are planning on presenting at our poster session on Monday, please include details during registration.

Catering: UltraLife Cafe - Newport, OR

Deadline to register: Dec. 5, 2022

We have also set up a Discord server for attendees to discuss and arrange travel, ask questions, and connect. Please feel free to join the conversation.


Monday, 12/12 - 8:00am - 4:00pm

Themes: Science, Monitoring

Poster Session presentations 4:00 - 5:30pm 

Dinner to follow

Tuesday, 12/13 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

Themes: Policy, Science Communication

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Susanne Brander (Consortium Co-lead) - Consortium updates and introductory talk 

  • Heejun Chang and Elise Granek (Portland State University) - Plastics in Portland, sampling moss to estimate atmospheric deposition of microplastics

  • David Gomberg (Oregon State Representative) - Legislative updates

  • Ellie Jones (Everblue) - Science communication

  • Jen McIntyre (Washington State University) - Toxicity of 6PPD to salmonids

  • Wayne Landis (Western Washington University) - Risk Assessment of microplastics in salmonids

  • Minal Mistry (Oregon Department of Environmental Quality) - Oregon DEQ updates and challenges

  • Shelley Moore (Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research) - Monitoring plastic pollution in California

  • Ryan Parker (Oregon State Parks) - Monitoring coastal debris in Oregon

  • Rachelle Riegerix (U.S. EPA) - Developing a circular economy approach to address marine litter

  • Leah Thornton-Hampton (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project) - Progress on regulation and policy updates in California

  • Patricia Villarubia-Gomez (PhD Candidate at Stockholm University) - Planetary boundaries and plastics (virtual)


      Gyotaku fish printing demonstration with Bruce Koike (

Zoom option available. For more details email:

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