Taylor Maddalene

Ph.D. Student

Riverbend Research Center South
220 Riverbend Road
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Taylor Maddalene is currently the Circularity Assessment Protocol (CAP) Director at the Circularity Informatics Lab and a PhD Student in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Her background is in marine ecology, conservation, and science communication, working on projects around the globe with organizations such as National Geographic, NOAA, and Rare. Before starting her PhD, she served as the Director of the Plastics Initiative at National Geographic and organized their largest female-led expedition on the Ganges River to study plastic pollution. Her current research focuses on the impacts of plastic pollution on coastal ecosystem health and tying human behavior and waste management infrastructure on land with that we find in the ocean.


  • Circular Materials Management
  • Plastic Pollution
  • Environmental Health
  • Marine Science & Conservation 

Major Professor

Jenna Jambeck, Ph.D.


Circularity Informatics Lab, New Materials Institute


M.A.S., Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, 2015
B.A., Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 2012