The Seminar Series in Biology presents: “Monitoring of mercury in Catskill regional fish population” presented by Colleen Parker

The Seminar Series in Biology presents:
“Monitoring of mercury in Catskill regional fish population” presented by Colleen Parker, MSc student, Biology Department, State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Colleen earned her BS in Environmental Science from State University of New York College at Oneonta in 2014 and began her MS soon afterwards. Colleen’s research is in collaboration with Syracuse University and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Through her research, Colleen examined mercury concentrations in sportfish in 13 lakes and reservoirs to further understand spatial patterns across Catskill region as part of statewide study investigating mercury distribution across NYS and collected water chemistry data to determine any chemical parameters as predictors of mercury concentrations in fish. Results from her research will augment existing statewide mercury data and assist agency staff with better management of these lakes with respect to fish advisories and human health. NYSERDA statewide report to be published in 2018.

In this presentation, Colleen will be discussing mercury as an environmental pollutant and the implications that mercury exposure has on human health via fish consumption. An understanding of the cycling of mercury including mercury emissions, atmospheric deposition, and transport of mercury to aquatic environments is imperative as these processes ultimately determine levels of mercury found in fish and subsequently in humans who consume them. Colleen will then share results of her research involving mercury concentrations in 4 species of sportfish from 13 lakes and reservoirs in the Catskill region and any trends examined between elevated mercury in fish and the chemical and physical composition of these waterbodies.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday November 10th in Science I room 121.

About this seminar series: This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.