Microplastics Sampling

Throughout her Expedition, Cassie is Volunteering for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a non-profit organization that sends Adventurers on Missions to collect data sampling from remote locations to then provide to their conservation partners. “These partnerships have led to the discovery of more than two dozen new species, provided key information to guide climate change decision-making, and helped protect threatened wildlife habitat around the world”. Partners include: Stanford University, The American Alpine Club, Harvard Medical School and US Forest Service Department of Agriculture, to name a few.

Microplastics pose a major health risk to the environment and humans. They’re particles can’t be seen by the naked eye, yet get caught in our waterways though the washing of nylon material, cosmetics and toothpaste, and debris such as plastic bottles and bags. To learn more, please visit this link. Cassie is traveling to 196 countries over the course of 3 years and she wants to assist in the research of Microplastics so that ASC can then use the data to “turn off the inputs of microplastics pollution at their source”.

When the water is collected in the bottle, the sample is then sent through the mail to Abigail Barrows, the Lead Research Scientist and Principal Investigator over at ASC. The sample results take between 6-8 weeks to process.

“I’m very much a nature person more than a city person. So, when I travel, I try to steer clear of cities and rather immerse myself in little towns or in nature. I feel that I can understand the culture or environment more by doing so, since I tend to get overwhelmed in cities. Serving as a volunteer for ASC will not only give me the opportunity to assist in the research of Microplastics around the world, but also allow me to travel to more rural areas of the world, to be in nature. It’s a project that I feel passionate about on so many levels, and I’m so glad that I can help out ASC through providing samples from waterways around the world.”

Collecting water samples at Lake Balaton in Hungary. October 24th, 2015.

Collecting water samples at Lake Balaton in Hungary. October 24th, 2015.

Collecting water samples at Isar River in Munich, Germany. October 26th, 2015.

Collecting water samples at the Isar River in Munich, Germany. October 26th, 2015.

Härlanda tjärn, Göteborg, Sweden Testing on 11/4/15

Sampling in Härlanda tjärn, Göteborg, Sweden. November 4th, 2015.

Sampling at Plitvice Lakes National Park on November 8th, 2015.

Collecting Samples in Venice, Italy. November 12th, 2013.

Collecting Samples in Venice, Italy. November 12th, 2013.

Sample taken right after the attacks in Paris at the La Seine River

Sample taken right after the attacks in Paris at the La Seine River

When Cassie is not meeting with University students and Skal Presidents to promote Peace Through Tourism and Sustainability, she hopes to collect samples from as many different waterways as possible around the world to then send to ASC for research. See updated chart below.