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Xia Zhu

PhD Student, Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto

I am a Vanier Scholar in the Rochman Lab in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough studying the sources, transport, and fate of plastic pollution in the environment. In addition, I am interested in the connections between plastic pollution, carbon cycling, and climate change. I am currently a Visiting Graduate Student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego working on modelling the quantity of plastic pollution in global marine reservoirs. I was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Tasmania, Australia in 2018 also modelling the fate of plastic pollution under a CGS-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement. I am heavily involved in environmental advocacy in my community and beyond. I have a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry, both from the University of Toronto.


  • –present
    PhD Student, University of Toronto


    University of Toronto, Master of Science