Dr. Patricia Corcoran

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Dr. Patricia Corcoran

Patricia Corcoran was recruited to the Department of Earth Sciences at Western University in January 2003 for her expertise in Sedimentary Petrology: the study of chemical and mineralogical compositions and textures of sedimentary deposits.

Dr. Corcoran’s research focuses on natural and anthropogenic sedimentary deposits in order to gain an understanding of Earth’s changing surface and atmospheric processes through time.One significant element of her research concerns the distribution, accumulation and degradation of plastic debris in shoreline and nearshore benthic sediments of lakes, rivers and oceans. Dr. Corcoran and her research group are investigating the potential for this plastic debris to become part of the future rock record, thereby representing a symbol of humankind’s global effect on Earth’s environment.

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