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Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth Universityhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Richard ThompsonProfessor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University<div class="ExternalClass6636C26CBF1B44239EB04CAD36736864"><p>Richard Thompson is Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University. Much of Professor Thompson’s work over the last decade has focused on marine debris, with numerous publications and significant research funding on this topic. Professor Thompson co-authored the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive text on marine litter, prepared reports for the United Nations Global Environment Facility and United Nations Environment Programme, and was lead editor for two substantial journal volumes on plastic litter. In 2014 he presented his research to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, at his Our Ocean meeting in Washington. He has also presented to OECD nations and G7 nations. Recent work by his team directly informed the UK Government decision to introduce legislation on the use of microplastics in cosmetics. He is currently working with G7 nations on the monitoring of marine litter. Professor Thompson obtained his first degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and his PhD from Liverpool University. </p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakerPhotos2017/RichardCThompson.jpg, Richard ThompsonGP0|#7dbafb13-6663-4187-8c50-f332ac7a7d02;L0|#07dbafb13-6663-4187-8c50-f332ac7a7d02|Richard Thompson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb