University of Western Ontario ,
Dr. Patricia Corcoran is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on natural and anthropogenic sedimentary deposits. One significant element of her research over the past decade has been the distribution, accumulation and degradation of plastic debris in marine and fresh water shoreline, river, and lake bottom sediments. Her work is supported by the provincial and federal governments, and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including National Geographic Magazine, Science Magazine, Science et Vie, the New York Times and CBC’s The National.