Beach Cleanup


To combat beach microplastic pollution through citizen science and uphold the utmost scientific integrity throughout the process




Founder & Lead Researcher

William Gao

Hi everyone! My name is William Gao and I am the founder and lead researcher of The Coastal Microplastics Project. Thank you so much for being involved in our citizen science community! I'm currently a high school student in Victoria, BC with a passion for science and the outdoors, and always looking for ways to have a positive impact.  Having seen the gaps in beach microplastic research and living right by the coast, I was inspired to start The Coastal Microplastics Project to address this prevalent environmental issue.  We are so appreciative of your participation and the samples you provide will be invaluable to the scientific community.