Kara Lavender Law

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Dr. Kara Lavender Law of The Longest Swim by Ben Lecomte

Dr. Kara Lavender Law is a Research Professor of Oceanography at SEA Semester Environmental Studies in Woods Hole & at Sea.


PhD - Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD, Physical Oceanography, 2001 BS - Duke University, Mathematics, 1994

Research Areas & Interests

Dr. Law's research interests include large-scale and mesoscale ocean circulation; intermediate and deep water formation in the North Atlantic and its role in the meridional overturning circulation; the distribution of plastic marine debris driven by ocean physics; and the degradation and ultimate fate of plastics in the ocean.

Professional Activities

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Marine Debris Working Group, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011-2015
  • Member, Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) Working Group 40: Sources, fate and effects of micro-plastics in the environment – a global assessment, 2012-2015
  • Participant, National Academy of Sciences Discussion Forum: Micro-plastics in the marine environment & potential human health risks, April 2014
  • Member, Ocean Health Index Scientific Research Team, 2010-2012.
  • Board of Directors, Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association, 2014-present.

The Longest Swim Support Team

She is a member of The Longest Swim, a transoceanic swim by Ben Lecomte who will swim across the Pacific Ocean starting in December 2015 along with the following researchers, scientists and physicians:

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