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Charles Rolsky

Teaching Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5904

Student Information

Graduate Student
Biology
The College of Lib Arts & Sci

Research Interests

I'm a postdoctoral reearcher and I conduct research in Rolf Halden's lab, within Biodesign's Center for Environmental Health Engineering. Here, I work on marine and aquatic microplastics which have emerged as a major source of concern within many ecosystems and environments. Their identification, fate, and impact are only now starting to be understood and we have developed several analytical tools to help improve upon this. We are collaborating with ASU's Fulton School of Engineering on several projects pertaining to microplastics as well as with many groups around the world. We have studied plastic pollution in sevral ways, ranging from contact lens pollution to creating a method to detect microplastics in our own tissues and organs. 

I have also worked for several years on using non-invasive research methods to collect species health information. This includes fecal samples from wild species such as killer whales. Through this information, we can gather all kinds of knowledge pertaining to hormonal activity in the realm of stress, reproduction, and overall species health.

I have been a teacher for over six years and actively participate in science outreach programs aimed at empowering budding scientists from elementary school to high school.

Research Activity

Microplastic pollution, Raman sprecteoscopy, public outreach, marine biology

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 281 ConceptualApproachBioMajors I
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 282 ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 282 ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 282 ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 182 General Biology II