#58 - Dr. Peter Ross: Ocean Pollution, Plastics & Contaminated Killer Whales
Aaron Pete sits down with Dr. Peter Ross to learn about ocean pollution, plastics, and chemicals. He discovered the region’s killer whales to be the most ‘contaminated marine mammals in the world’ in a groundbreaking study, and reported on the widespread distribution of microplastics in the NE Pacific and Arctic oceans. In this interview, Dr. Ross explains the causes of ocean pollution, what is being done to address this growing global problem and what individuals can do to help.
Dr. Peter S. Ross is an internationally recognized ocean pollution expert working as a senior scientist with Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia as well as the University of Victoria. Dr. Ross is a Science Manager and ocean pollution scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the academic, government and private sectors. Skilled in conservation research, Public Engagement, Media interactions, Scientific Publishing, Report Writing, Policy Analysis. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and MSc from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.
He recently served as the Vice-President of Research at Ocean Wise, where he founded the Ocean Pollution Research Program, launched PollutionTracker and the Plastics Lab. He served for 16 years as a federal Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. His work with priority pollutants and microplastics has led to numerous invitations to advise industry, government, the G7, the European Union, and the OECD. His work has been featured prominently in national and international media. Dr Ross is now Senior Scientist at Raincoast Conservation Foundation, where he is developing a new community-oriented Healthy Waters Program.
Peter Ross LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-ross-53241855/?originalSubdomain=ca
Peter Ross Twitter: https://twitter.com/calypsocoast
Donate to Raincoast Conservation: https://www.raincoast.org/donate/
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7jl39CsCYhImbLevAF6aTe?si=dc4479f225ff440b
Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/bigger-than-me-podcast/id1517645921
Listen on Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS8xMDc3MjYyLnJzcw?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiA8JKF2tT0AhUPmp4KHR2rAPkQ9sEGegQIARAC
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/geiqqB2TJxg
0:05:25 Serving in the Canadian Military
0:10:50 Becoming an Ocean Pollution Expert
0:37:49 Killer Whales in BC are the most CONTAMINATED marine mammals
0:49:59 Indigenous Principles & Conservation
1:07:40 Ocean Garbage Patches & Boyan Slat
1:23:34 Polyester, Plastics & Ocean Pollution
1:51:35 Saving the Ocean
2:20:49 Are Aquariums Good or Bad?
2:39:12 How Can Listeners Help Save the Ocean?