Marcus Eriksen, Ph.D
Co-Founder of The 5 Gyres Institute and Leap Lab
Region: West Coast
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Marcus has led expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, co-publishing the first global estimate and the discovery of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes, which led to the federal Microbead-free Waters Act of 2015. His Junk Raft journey led to the launch of The 5 Gyres Institute with his wife, Anna Cummins. Marcus had previously rafted the Mississippi River, writing about the river and his experience as a Marine in the 1991 Gulf War in the book, My River Home (Beacon 2008). His second book, Junk Raft: An ocean voyage and a rising tide of activism to fight plastic pollution (Beacon 2017) recalls the rise of the plastic pollution movement, which is growing steadily today. He received his Ph.D from USC and is developing the Leap Lab Institute, a next generation science center.