Youth march at the COP21 Negotiations in Paris, 2015.
Alice speaking to Citytv at the March for Jobs, Justice, and Climate in Toronto in summer of 2015 about the importance of youth in fighting for climate-friendly policies.
Alice speaking at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA) in 2019 about microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay (her Master's research) and the Arctic. 

Brief Bio:



Alice is a PhD student at the University of Toronto studying the sources and fate of microplastics in the marine environment as part of the Rochman Lab.


She has initiated and been involved in numerous research endeavours, leadership roles, technological projects, and social initiatives to date. She also loves cooking and travelling, and is an avid badminton fan <3!


More information about her career and various projects, please see the left-hand side menu.


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News and Media about Me:

The complete list of 2020 Vanier Scholars can be found here (see 'NSERC' tab for Xia Zhu, Oceanography):

Public Talk at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA), From the Bay Area to the Arctic: Shezad Dawood and Alice Xia Zhu. Video: (2019)


Clean up the Don River 2018:

Innovamasters Design Competition 2014-2015: "How might we harness human motion to generate clean energy?" 


UofT Students at COP21 Assess new Paris Agreement: (UofT News)


UofT Students head to COP21: (Varsity News)


A Youth Campaigner's Thoughts on Local Climate Action and their Impact: (2:15)


School of Environment Scholarship Winners 2014-2015: , pg 17


Schulich Leader Nominee Profiles 2012-2013:


OFSAA 2012 Year in Recap: Toronto City Single's Winner and OFSAA B-Flight Finalist



Who Am I?



Alice with the UofT Trash Team!
Alice at a local beach clean-up in 2019 as part of the International Coastline Cleanup (ICC) initiative.
Microplastic pollution from the Bay Area to the Arctic: a conversation with Shezad Dawood and Alice (Xia) Zhu, Museum of Contemporary Arts, September 23rd, 2019
Contamination, sources, and fate of microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay: oral presentation at MICRO2020 research conference, November 23-27th, 2020
Interview by CTV News Toronto at Queen's Park climate rally on the role of youth in climate activism as student delegate to the Paris Climate Summit, Oct 2015
Individual Actions Against Waste: sustainability workshop hosted by Global Leadership Organization (GLO), November 7th, 2020
Interview on role of youth in climate activism (excerpt from the documentary "Climate Crisis"), 2015
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