About the scholar: Jiaying Liu grew up in China and attended Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Plastic in the ocean is one of the greatest concerns in today’s world. Among its lesser known damaging effects is its role in transporting invasive species. Pioneer scholar Jiaying was curious about how different countries manage the dangers of coastal plastic debris. Through analyzing reports from Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and California, she found that there was no consistent methodology for assessing the biological risk or reporting the results of mitigation efforts. She also found that public participation in clean-up efforts, and in particular educating the public to recognize biological invasion vectors and help collect data, is an underused resource.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.