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A few of the 50 plastics ingested by a dovekie from Newfoundland. Her peers ate 0-5. Both this high ingestion rate and the fact that many of these plastics are burned are anomalies in the study. Image by Max Liboiron, 2016.

Max Liboiron is a scholar, activist, and artist. She is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she directs Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist marine science and technology laboratory that specializes in citizen science and grassroots environmental monitoring of plastic pollution. Her academic work focuses on how invisible yet harmful emerging phenomena such as toxicants from marine plastics become apparent in science and activism, and how these methods of representation relate to action.

Liboiron also runs Discard Studies, an interdisciplinary hub for research on waste and wasting.  Prior to her position at Memorial, Liboiron was a Postdoctoral Fellow with both the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University and with Intel’s Science and Technology Centre for Social Computing. She holds a Ph.D. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University.