Director of Science & Innovation at 5 Gyres
Director of Science and Innovation at 5 Gyres, Marcus Eriksen has led expeditions around the world to research marine pollution, co-publishing the first global estimate an the discovery of plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes, which led to the federal Microbead-free Waters Act of 2015.
He and Anna Cummins began 5 Gyres with an 88-day journey from California to Hawaii on the Junk Raft, built from 15,000 plastic bottles. Earlier, Marcus had 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, growing steadily today.