Charles Rolsky

  • Marine researcher or biologist
  • Arizona, USA
  • Dec 05, 2019
Full time Government/Nonprofit Research Science

Personal Summary

I will be defending my PhD in Biology in the Spring of 2020. My research focuses on plastic pollution in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. I work in an engineering lab and apply complex, analytical approaches to better understanding the role of polluted plastics.

I wish to contribute to marine research, particularly with marine mammals as I have conducted field work with endangered killer whales in the past but am also open to working with other types of biota. 

For five years I taught classes at my university. I also participate in many science outreach events each year as I feel that it is our duty as scientists to engage with the public and disseminate our research whenever possible. 

Work Experience

Director of Science North America
Mar 2019 - Plastic Oceans

-In charge of disseminating science to the public

-On the topic of plastic pollution

-Create short videos on a range of subjects relating to plastic pollution and marine conservation

-Attend conferences and meetings to promote research and awareness

Graduate student
Aug 2013 - May 2020 Arizona State University

-Funded via Research Assistantship

-Conducting PhD research on plastic pollution

-Topics include microplastics, microplastics and marine biota, Raman Analysis, Microplastics and human health, contact lenses as a form of environmental pollution, sewage sludge and microplastics

Teaching assistant
Aug 2013 - Dec 2018 Arizona State University

-Started teaching BIO 282 Conceptual Approach for Bio Majors II lab (three hours) twice weekly

-Promoted to head TA

-Worked on redesigning the course several times

-Was promoted to one of two Barrett Honors labs

-Mentored 55 students into getting research or internship positions

-76% were young women


Masters in Biology
Aug 2013 - Dec 2017 Arizona State University
PhD in Biology
Jan 2017 - May 2020 Arizona State University