Garbage provides global perspective
Gabrielle Kleber is an international beachcomber who is looking for trash, not treasure. The MSU senior, who is majoring in chemical engineering and environmental studies, already has earned the title of world traveler—and garbage woman—in her quest to study how marine pollution travels the globe.
With a grant from the Circumnavigators Club Foundation, which encourages global fellowship and understanding, Kleber tracked ocean debris that is polluting the world’s waters. On her seven-country research expedition, she visited some exotic, though not pristine, locales: Hawaii, Australia, the Maldives, South Africa, Iceland, and the United Kingdom.
Along the way, she talked to experts and locals and picked up 72,000 pieces of trash—everything from diapers to computer parts to a castaway Barbie doll. But her larger mission is to learn how governments around the globe deal with ocean pollution and how that affects people’s lives.
Watch a video about Kleber’s story.