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Scientist standing in a marine area among water and sand.

Lauren Pincus studies the interaction of microplastics and heavy metals in the natural environment of New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay (pictured) and at Lake Carnegie on Princeton University’s campus. Pincus, a National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, is an environmental chemist working to understand the risks that microplastics pose to ecosystems. Pincus will be joining the Department of Chemistry at The George Washington University as an Assistant Professor in August 2024. PHOTO BY JARED FLESHER