Liz Bonnin: The Problem with Plastics

Liz had always been interested in biology and chemistry at school, and she went on to study Biochemistry at University. After graduating, she started a career as a TV presenter working on such shows as BBC One’s Top of the Pops, before returning to her first love, science, and completing a Masters in Wild Animal Biology and Conservation. Liz’s main interests during her studies were animal behaviour and intelligence and big cat conservation. She set up and carried out a research project on the diet of tigers in Bardia National Park, Nepal, which saw her come first in her class.

Liz’s TV career has drawn heavily on her academic expertise. Most recently, Liz presented the ground-breaking documentary Drowning in Plastic on BBC One and Should We Close Our Zoo’s in the latest series of Horizon for BBC Two. Liz has also recently been on our screens presenting the BBC One series Galapagos and Wild Alaska Live following the hugely successful Big Blue Live series in Monterey, California for the BBC, and for PBS in the USA. Last year, Liz appeared in the series of Who-Do-You-Think-You-Are? on BBC One and presented a brand new wildlife series for BBC One about animal migrations called Nature’s Epic Journeys, which broadcast in May 2016. Other TV credits include wildlife and animal behaviour programmes Super Smart Animals, Animals in Love, Animals through the Night: Sleepover at the Zoo, Operation Snow Tiger and Animal Odd Couples; science series Horizon, Stargazing Live and Bang Goes the Theory; documentaries Egypt’s Lost Cities, Museum of Life and Science Friction; and ITV’s popular Countrywise.

In addition to her TV work, Liz is a conference facilitator and awards host, and has MC’d various events, including most recently, the UK’s National Science and Engineering Competition Awards and the Natural History Museum’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. Liz was also recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association.

Talk: The Problem with Plastics 

Blue Planet II has had a huge impact in drawing attention to the problem of marine plastic pollution. Liz reveals the full scale of the problem across our oceans and explores how science can offer solutions to one of the biggest environmental disasters of our time.

Dot Talks, Mission Control Saturday 2019

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