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Chelsea Rochman awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

February 12, 2020

Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor at the department of ecology and evolutionary biology in the Faculty of Arts & Science, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2020.

Sloan Research Fellowships recognize extraordinary early career researchers at U.S. and Canadian institutions for setting high standards for achievement, creativity and leadership. Rochman will receive USD $75,000 over a two-year period to support her research into the source of microplastics, what happens to them once they enter the environment and what effect they have on organisms as well as marine and freshwater ecosystems.

“Although plastics have improved the lives of millions, we are now recognizing that plastic pollution may transform our ocean's ecosystems,” Rochman says. “As policy-makers seek to understand and respond to plastic pollution, there is an urgency for further scientific inquiry to inform decisions. I’m incredibly grateful to the Sloan Foundation for providing me the resources to answer this call.”

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