Director of Research, 5 Gyres Institute
Dr. Marcus Eriksen is the Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He studies the global distribution and ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing through all 5 subtropical gyres, Bay of Bengal, Southern Ocean and inland lakes and rivers, most recently publishing the first global estimate of plastic pollution floating in the world’s oceans, totaling 270,000 metric tons from 5.25 trillion particles.
Continued research and advocacy have led to annual expeditions with young leaders in industry, science, activism and the arts, with the intention to provide science and understanding to a new generation. Recently, with a large team of NGO’s, the 5 Gyres Institute witnessed their discovery of microbeads in the Great Lakes lead to policy victories across the US banning microbeads in consumer products. It’s an example of science to solutions that we aim to apply to all products polluting our seas.
“Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism”
November 13, 2017 from our The 2017 Global Dialogue on Waste, Video Panels With a large team of NGO’s, the 5 Gyres Institute witnessed their discovery of microbeads in the Great Lakes lead to policy victories across the US
Outer Space & Deep Oceans (Out of Sight, Out of Mind)
July 25, 2016 from our The 2016 Global Dialogue On Waste, Video Panels Watch Dianna Cohen, Marcus Eriksen, Roz Savage and Sourabh Kaushal discuss the issue of waste management in outer space and deep oceans. This panel is part of the 2016 Global Dialogue on Waste's theme: Oceans & Plastic Pollution organized by be Waste Wise and Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Status of Oceans and Plastic Pollution
November 24, 2015 from our The 2015 Global Dialogue on Waste, Video Panels Watch Andrew Almack of Plastics for Change, Dianna Cohen of Plastic Pollution Coalition, Katherine O'Dea of Save Our Shorea and Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres Institute talk about opportunities for status of oceans and plastic pollution as part of the 2015 Global Dialogue on Waste