Sam Athey, a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying microplastic pollution.

Meet Sam Athey, an environmental chemist studying microfiber pollution!

Sam Athey is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto with a focus in environmental chemistry. She studies the sources and solutions to microplastic and chemical pollution. Sam earned her MSc and BSc with honors in marine science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she conducted research on the impacts of plastic pollution in marine and estuarine ecosystems. Sam is currently a member of the U of T Trash Team, where she spends her free time cleaning up local shorelines and participating in community outreach.