You can learn about water quality and microplastics in the Tennessee River during a meeting in Oak Ridge tonight (Thursday, June 6).
The program is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University of Tennessee Arboretum Auditorium. It’s a free program offered by the UT Arboretum Society and co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. No registration is required.
Microplastics have been in the news recently, a press release said. Martin Knoll, a professor of geology and hydrology at Sewanee: The University of the South, will explain why microplastics are an issue, and he will present his findings on the water quality of the Tennessee River during the program this evening.
As project manager for the Tenneswim in 2016, Knoll directed the most detailed analysis of Tennessee River water quality ever conducted, the press release said. During this project, Knoll and his colleagues found the highest levels of microplastics recorded in any river of the world to date.
Knoll has bachelor’s degrees in German and natural resources from Sewanee: The University of the South. After studying at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, he earned an master’s degree in geology at Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in geology at the University of Texas at El Paso, the press release said.
He has been teaching geology and hydrology at Sewanee since 1993. His main research interests include stormwater issues on the Cumberland Plateau, dynamics and water quality issues of groundwater on the Cumberland Plateau, microplastics in freshwater environments, and insect inclusions in Baltic Amber, the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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