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April 09, 2015

SEA Semester Instructor featured in Boston Globe for graphics work

Anne Broache,

SEA Semester

Skye uses visually striking infographics to broaden the reach of scientific datasets. The one above, “Plastic Where It Shouldn’t Be,” visualizes more than two decades of marine plastics debris data collected by SEA and other researchers.

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“Teaching scientists how to visualize their data”
The Boston Globe
April 8, 2015

Skye Moret, a SEA Semester visiting instructor of information design, former crew member and student program alumna, made headlines this week in the Boston Globe for her important work to communicate huge scientific datasets via information graphics—in this case, eye-opening SEA research on the magnitude of ocean plastics.

As a graduate student at Northeastern University’s new Information Design and Visualization program, Skye focuses on a big challenge for scientists and policymakers alike: how to present massive amounts of data (read: years upon years of logs of SEA Semester student net tows) in an easier-to-understand way.

“Science is a service just like any other career that should be communicated with the rest of the world,” she told the Globe. “These amazing discoveries are being made all the time, but we don’t hear about them because they end up in esoteric science journals.”

Check out the Globe’s April 8 story to learn more about Skye’s powerful work.

Watch Skye report on tough day during SEA's 2010 North Atlantic plastics research expedition (she shows up at around 1:21 in the video).

Categories: News, • Topics: research  plastics  science • (1) Comments


#1. Posted by maria on March 15, 2016

This data of “Plastic Where It Shouldn’t Be” is really eye opening. Plastic debris is regularly dumped in our seas and we don’t have a proper solution of plastic waste. (burning the plastic creates more pollution).
Moreover, I also support that scientific data should be communicated with the world in lighter way for understanding of people. This will increase awareness of general public



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