Pioneering plastic pollution researcher Chelsea Rochman receives NSERC Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship

November 9, 2023 by A&S News

Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in the Faculty of Arts & Science, has been awarded a prestigious Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The fellowship recognizes early-stage academic researchers in the natural sciences and engineering with the goal of enhancing their research capacity so they can become leaders in their field and inspire others.

Rochman is a pioneer in research on plastic pollution in aquatic habitats who explores the processes by which microplastics move through food webs and their ultimate impacts on populations, habitats and ecosystems.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the McDonald Fellowship,” says Rochman. “I am so looking forward to the extra time and resources that will allow me to dig deeper into my research and spend more quality time with my trainees in the laboratory and field. I am so grateful for this recognition from my peers and for a greater opportunity to make a real impact.”