Ilan MacAdam-Somer

Research Coordinator at Algalita

Ilan MacAdam-Somer, Research Coordinator at Algalita
Ilan is a professional cellist who was inspired by his time teaching in Cameroon to pursue a career that would further the environmental movement. He is passionate about solving many environmental issues, and as such is driven to develop a portfolio career.

Since graduating with his master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the UCSB Bren School in June, 2017 he has worked on numerous projects as a freelance environmental consultant, including: the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative; two life cycle assessments, one comparing materials used for the light-weighting of vehicles and the other comparing almond milk to other types of milk; as a Research Coordinator for Algalita Marine Research and Education; and most recently as a Research Specialist at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.
Ilan’s work has intersected ocean conservation issues via marine plastic pollution and global warming. As a Research Coordinator at Algalita, he conducted program and project development to create partnerships with the City of Long Beach to mitigate land-based sources of plastic pollution, much of which ends up in the ocean. As a Research Specialist at the UCSB Bren School, he worked with Professors Roland Geyer and Sangwon Suh to determine the amount of synthetic fibers produced from washing textiles, namely clothes, that enter the environment. Ilan’s most recent work involves understanding if seaweed mariculture can be a pragmatic tool in mitigating global warming.

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