Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar

(Topic: Plastic Pollution)
Dr. Win Cowger, Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research

April 28, 2022
4:00pm-5:30pm in HSCI-104

Win Cowger

Dr. Cowger completed an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, at Hawkeye Community College, and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science, Iowa State University. He then received a PhD in Environmental Science Soil and Water, from the University of California at Riverside.

Dr. Cowger is an Environmental Scientist at the Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research. He specialize in advancing science on transport and fate of trash (including plastic and microplastic pollution) in watersheds and river flow (Tracking Trash). His work focuses on the belief that if we can track trash, we can identify solutions to plastic pollution and assessing their effectiveness. While conducting this research, he encountered major hurdles in Data Science and Spectroscopy which the field needed to overcome to have an accurate understanding of how to track trash and worked to overcome them. His goal with all of this research is to work myself out of a job by using science to end the trash pollution problem. As an applied scientists, He works with professional societies like AGU Thriving Earth, nonprofit groups like Let's Do It World and 5 Gyres, government agencies like Trash Monitoring Workgroup and the Ocean Protection Council, and academics to implement science in practice.

See also: Win Cowger website

The Seminar Series is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in biology and what biologists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in biology. All students are encouraged to attend.

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The following schedule is for Spring 2022.

Seminar Schedule for Current Semester
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
April 28, 2022 (Topic: Plastic Pollution) Dr. Win Cowger, Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research
May 5, 2022 tbd Dr. Nicholas Pannunzio, UC Irvine

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March 10, 2022 Ecological and evolutionary consequences of flexible foraging behavior Dr. Avery Russell, Missouri State University
March 3, 2022 Seabirds, Sentinels, and Sensory Ecology: an ecological model for understanding changing marine ecosystems Dr. Brian Hoover, Chapman University
February 24, 2022 Whether feast or famine, the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa relies on enhancer-binding proteins to coordinate its metabolism with the production of virulence factors in the host environment Dr. Benjamin Lundgren, The College of New Jersey
February 21, 2022 Fighting climate change with microbes, metals, and molecular genetics Dr. Joseph Groom, University of Washington
February 17, 2022 Antibiotic Resistance: Evolution in Action Dr. Portia Mira, UCLA
February 10, 2022 The Acoustic World of Bats: Jamming, Stealth and Silence Dr. Aaron Corcoran, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
February 3, 2022 Annotation and Characterization of Human Protein-Coding Small Open Reading Frames Dr. Thomas Martinez, UC Irvine

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