Older News

22 Oct 2013: Deb Goodwin and I have a new paper out on barnacles eating plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. The paper is freely available at PeerJ. I also wrote a blog post about it, which was picked up by The Atlantic, Grist Magazine, Huffington Post Canada, and author Margaret Atwood.

16 Sept 2013: I'm delighted to announce that I'll be working in the office of Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts for the remainder of my Sea Grant fellowship! Sen. Markey is formerly the Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, and a newly elected Senator.

Aug 2013: I'll be giving three talks in Maine this August. The two seminars will be a mix of my science, outreach, and political work, and the science cafe will be Pacific garbage patch facts & fiction aimed at a general, preferably not so sober, audience. If you're in the area, come say hi!

29 July 2013: I am a co-author with John Davis on the first guidance on the array of ecological, engineering, and legal obstacles that must be overcome for plastic litter in our oceans to be cleaned up effectively. Press release, guidance.

June 2013: I'm honored to announce that my dissertation won a 2013 Chancellor's Dissertation Medal at UC San Diego.

14 May 2013 My blog post A field guide to privilege in marine science: some reasons why we lack diversity was a finalist for the best life-in-science post at the ScienceSeeker Awards! Check out the award page for tons of great posts on all kinds of science topics.

26 April 2013: Ever wanted to know how scientists can benefit from social media, and how to get started? Holly Bik and I have a paper in PLOS Biology that's aimed at you - check out An Introduction to Social Media for Scentists. It's currently the most-tweeted paper in PLOS history!

2 April 2013: Our paper on sea skaters and microplastic was one of the Biology Letters' top ten most downloaded articles in 2012! You can download the paper for free through mid-July.

4 February 2013: I have moved to Washington DC and started my Knauss Sea Grant Fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Democrats. My social media efforts will be on hiatus through January 2014.

12 PM, 29 Nov 2012: Call me Dr. Miriam Goldstein.

29 Nov 2012: I'll be defending my dissertation at 10 AM in the Scripps Seaside Forum. It's open to the public, so if you're in the San Diego area, come on by.

18 Sept 2012: My essay "Don't Panic: Sustainable Seafood and the American Outlaw" will be coming out in The Best Science Writing Online 2012.

6-10 August 2012: I'll be at the Ecological Society of America Meeting in Portland, OR, and will be giving a talk on Monday afternoon in the Conservation Ecology session.

9 May 2012: I've published a paper on how plastic debris is altering open ocean habitats in Biology Letters! Links to the paper, data, and media coverage here.

March 2012: My poster from the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, "Increased abundance and ecological implications of plastic microdebris in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre," won an Outstanding Student Presentation Award!