Upcoming in Rocheport, Mo.
Film & Discussion – “Exxpedition – Making the Unseen Seen”
Film and Discussion led by Diana Papoulias, PhD
Diana Papoulias was part of an all-women crew that sailed the Atlantic Ocean sampling for distribution and environmental impacts of plastic on our oceans. She will be screening a film about her expedition, followed with an update on the science and a discussion with the audience.
Time and Place
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by Diana Papoulias, PhD, Fish Biologist
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
- 7 p.m. presentation
- lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro in Rocheport, MO
- Map and Directions
If you intend on coming early to purchase an amazing dinner at Les Bourgeois Bistro before the presentation, PLEASE call to make a reservation at: 573-698-2300 and…tell them you are with the Big Muddy Speaker Series!
Presentation is FREE and open to the public!
This is a very special Big Muddy Speaker Series.
In 2014, Callaway County resident Diana Papoulias joined a unique expedition. An all-woman crew of scientists, artists, visionaries and sailors boarded a sailboat for a trip across the Atlantic Ocean. The goal of the project, called Exxpedition, was to sample the entire ocean voyage for microplastics suspended in the water column and quantify the impact our plastic lifestyle is having on the most remote regions of the planet – our vast oceans.
Diana was the expedition scientist on the trip, helping to design sampling protocols. As a fish biologist for the US Geological Survey Columbia Environmental Research Center (a position she recently retired from), she had studies the effects of environmental toxins on fish in the Missouri River and other locations. She discovered a disturbing trend of intersex features in sturgeon in the Big Muddy and studied the causes of this (Find out more on this topic by checking out her Big Muddy Speaker Series talk on this topic). In other words, she was the perfect crew member for this expedition.
Diana will show a 45 minute film on the Exxpedition. She’ll then describe the results of the data they recovered from the trip, a brief review of other science being done on the effects of plastic on our environment and open up the floor for discussion.
Diana Papoulias, PhD, is a retired fish biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Columbia Environmental Research Center. She is now involved in non-profit work in Peru and Ecuador and is a board member for Missouri River Relief.
- 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO
- Take I-70 to the Rocheport, MO, exit (Exit #115). It’s the first exit east of the Missouri River.
- Head north toward Rocheport.
- After about a mile, turn left at the sign for Les Bourgeois Bistro. Follow the signs to the Bistro. You will probably need to park in the lot above the Bistro and walk the trail down.
- The presentations are held in upstairs in the restaurant. The restaurant is no longer open on Tuesdays but the bar is! You are welcome to bring your own food or snacks.
Resources and Links
Dig deeper for more info on this topic.
- Diana Papoulias USGS Staff page, with links to her research and publications
- “Intersex Sturgeon in the Missouri River” – archive and video of Diana’s Big Muddy Speaker Series talk about intersex shovelnose sturgeon
- Exxpedition website • Exxpedition Facebook
- Exxpedition Film
- Plastic Soup News – a news aggregation blog by Missouri River Relief’s Melanie Cheney collecting stories about plastic pollution.
- Algalita Foundation – the original organization, founded by Captain Charles Moore, that documented the North Pacific Gyre, a collection point for plastic in the Pacific Ocean.
- BOOK – “Plastic Ocean – How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans” – by Capt. Charles Moore.
- “By 2050, plastic will outnumber fish in the world’s oceans, study says” – by Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, January 20, 2016
- “Ocean’s plastics provide a fortress for a mess of microbes” – by Chris Samoray, Feb. 5 2016, Science News
- RESEARCH – “Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean” – Feb. 2015, Science Journal, Jenna R. Jambeck, Roland Geyer, Chris Wilcox, Theodore R. Siegler, Miriam Perryman, Anthony Andrady, Ramani Narayan, Kara Lavender Law
Organizations and Projects
5 Gyres – an international project measuring plastic pollution in oceans.
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Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us!
The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.
The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.