The Video that Started my Plastic Advocacy
...at least in parts
In 2015, I filmed and uploaded a video which shows my research team extracting a plastic straw from the nostril of a marine turtle in Costa Rica.
Ever since the video has provided fuel for the anti-single-use-plastic movement.
Not as much attention received another viral video of mine that shows my research team removing ghost fishing gear from a marine turtle in 2016.
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Selection of International Press Coverage of My Work
2019 | Do You Really Need a Straw With That? (New York Times)
2019 | Straw Wars (SLATE)
2018 | Return of the olive ridley: Sea turtles make spectacular comeback in Mexico (Los Angeles Times)
2018 | Ending the Age of Plastic (TIME Next Generation Leader)
2018 | How a Texas A&M scientist's video of a sea turtle soured Americans on drinking straws (The Dallas Morning News)
2015 | How Did Sea Turtle Get a Straw Up Its Nose? (National Geographic)
TV & Film Appearances
2020 | Christine Figgener: Ihr Kampf gegen Umweltverschmutzung geht weiter (RTL-Explosiv, 2020/09/14)
2020 | Smarter Every Day: E239 Everything about Sea Turtles (YouTube)
2019 | Diese Frau befreit Meerestiere von Plastik (RTL-EXPLOSIV, 2019/11/19)
2019 | The Nature of Things: Turtle Beach (S58E17) (CBC production, featured researcher)
2018 | La Vie Secrète d'un nid de tortues marines (ARTE production, featured researcher)
2018 | Nature’s Turtle Nursery (BBC production, featured researcher)
2018 | What is the Real Impact of the #strawban? (ALJAZEERA -The Stream, 2018/07/23)
2017 | STRAWS (a documentary film about single-use plastics)
2014 | Paula und die wilden Tiere (BR production)
-Wie Schildkröten Eier legen (E50)
-Fit wie ein Faultier (E51)
-Warum nickt der Leguan? (E52)
Podcasts & Radio Appearances
2020 | Science Vs. – "Coronavirus: Labs Go Dark" (Gimlet)
2020 | SprechLoud – "Die Deutsche Umweltheldin"
2020 | Yakademia - "E09: Episode 9: Research Hurdles and Sea Turtles - Chris Figgener"
2019 | Unsere Umwelthelden (Radio Vest, 2019/12)
2019 | Wildly Opinionated – "E14: The Sea Turtle Straw Lady"
2019 | Speak Up For Blue – “SUFB 806: Sea Turtle Week with Christine Figgener”
2019 | Christine Figgener aka the "Sea-Turtle-Straw Lady" on The Infomaniacs (WTAW, 2019/04/22)
2019 | 1Live (WDR, 2019/04/12)
2019 | Let’s Rethink Food – “E7: Safeguarding Earth with Food” (EAT-Lancet)
2018 | Science Vs. – “Plastics: The Final Straw?”(Gimlet)
2018 | Higher Ed Social – “Christine Figgener & the Sea Turtles” (ConnectEDU Network)