Natural Sciences at Leicester


Thursday 2 March 2023

Spring Interdisciplinary Research Lecture: Careering off course: a journey from ancient fossils to plastic pollution

  • Speaker: Prof. Sarah Gabbot, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester
  • Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm (GMT)
  • Location: TBC (email for further details) 

Sarah is a geologist and has specialised in palaeontology and the evolution of life. Her early work focussed on ancient deposits where special preservation conditions have meant whole organisms, their muscles, eyes, guts and all have been fossilized. She has travelled to many of fossil sites to dig through the sedimentary layers in search of exceptionally preserved fossils, including in the Canadian Rockies, South Africa and China. She has also worked in the laboratory, recording how carcasses decay over time to understand processes of decay and how these will impact on the fossil record. More recently, Sarah has used her knowledge of how organic matter behaves in the environment to understand plastic pollution and the long-term fate of plastic contamination.




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