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Miriam Goldstein is a marine biologist and science communicator, and is currently spending a year as a Sea Grant Fellow in the United States Congress. Miriam holds a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego California, where she studied the ecological impacts of plastic debris in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Miriam's research focuses on the true nature of the Garbage Patch -- tiny pieces scattered over vast areas of the Pacific ocean -- and on the ways in which ocean life interacts with this plastic pollution. She has appeared on CNN, CBS, NPR Science Friday, and the BBC.