PNW Consortium on Plastics

Marine litter comes in all shapes and sizes. But it may be the smallest particles, invisible to the naked eye, that threaten aquatic life and humans the most.

The Pacific Northwest Consortium on Plastics is dedicated to conducting reliable, science-based research to uncover the risks associated with micro and nanoplastic particles to aquatic life. This research is critical to informing risk management decisions regarding the protection of our environment and essential fisheries and aquaculture commodities. Visit our website for more information.

Platicast with John Dickens presented by PNW Consortium on Plasticss

Media Project

PLASTICAST is a media project within the PNW Consortium on Plastics. Hosted by John Dickens, M.S. student at Oregon State University, PLASTICAST is an episodic series featuring scientists, legislators, and all interested stakeholders on the latest in plastic pollution research and policy.

View all of our PLASTICAST videos on our YouTube channel.

Infographic saying tire particles are one of the leading contributers of microplastics in the water. Image of a car crossing over a bridge with a river below.


The resource pages on our website are updated frequently as our team finds and creates helpful content related to plastic pollution, to help educate people in the Pacific Northwest and the world about plastics and their impact on our bodies, environment, and more. These materials include videos, infographics, websites, and more! Check them all out at Resources pages.


In the News

A slide showing an plankton on one side and microplastics in water on the other.

OPB Think Out Loud - Interview (3/9/2022)

Oregon State University scientists find tiny tire particles can harm aquatic life


Interview - Launch of PNW Consortium on Plastics

Researchers at Oregon State University are studying the impacts of tiny plastics on aquatic life.

Check out these interviews with Drs. Susanne Brander and Stacey Harper of the PNW Consortium on marine debris and plastic pollution.

  • Dr. Susanne Brander: CBS News - Microplastics "washing right out into the ocean"
  • Dr. Stacey Harper: Interview with Dr. Stacey Harper of Oregon State University on microplastic pollution.


Toxicity of micro and nano tire particles and leachate for model freshwater organisms.


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The Consortium is supported by the National Science Foundation Growing Convergence Research Big Idea under Grants #1935028 and #1935018.