June Meeting

Rozalia Project: Expedition Sailing, Science and Solutions for a Clean Ocean!

By Bob Naylor

Rachael Miller – Expedition Scientist

If you look for trash and microplastic in the marine environment, you will find it. This pollution is nearly ubiquitous and making its way through the marine food web – onto our plates. National Geographic Explorer and Explorers Club Fellow, Rachael Z. Miller is working to keep both macro and microplastic out of our public waterways. Rachael and her team at the ocean-protection nonprofit, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, are at the leading edge of marine debris and microplastic research, solution development and solution implementation using a combination of expedition science and innovation to make an impact.

In this presentation, learn about the path Rachael and the Rozalia Project team took to go from learning about the problem of microfiber pollution, in particular, to developing the Cora Ball, a consumer-scale solution to microfiber pollution. She will define the problem, lead you through first-of-their-kind expeditions investigating microplastic along the entire Hudson River, from the mountains to the sea, and leave you with actions everyone can take to protect our one, big ocean

Join us on Zoom Tuesday, June 8. Our meeting starts at 7pm
Guests are always welcome.

About Rachael: Rachael Zoe Miller is an expedition scientist, inventor, National Geographic Explorer and Explorers Club Fellow working to protect the ocean. She is the Founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, a nonprofit working on the problem of marine debris and co-inventor of the Cora Ball, the world’s first microfiber-catching laundry ball. Rachael leads teams on expeditions whose scientific results are published in peer-reviewed journals and education programs that inspire thousands of people of all ages. She’s presented at venues worldwide including on the TedX stage and at The Explorer’s Club. Rachael captains the 60’ sailing research vessel, American Promise, certified hundreds of people to be sailing instructors, trained Navy SEALS to find unexploded mines using underwater robots, pitched to audiences at Our Ocean and Plastics Europe and mentors young scientists at the New York Harbor School. She lives in Vermont, loves the snow as much as the sea and does her best thinking on skis, bikes or paddleboards.