Research Webinar: Winter Mercury Patterns in Lake Champlain and Future Environmental Health Risks

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Online - Registration required

Speaker: Roxanne Karimi, Faculty at Stony Brook University and Scientist at Vermont Department of Health

Register for the online Zoom event on November 16, 2022: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1eW3hBK1T2a0MkjcTGWoHg

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact Lake Champlain Sea Grant / Julianna White at 802-777-7017 or seagrant [at] uvm.edu no later than three weeks before your chosen date so we can assist you.

Scientists have studied mercury cycling in lakes for decades. However, mercury bioavailability and transfer through the food chain during the winter is understudied compared to other seasons despite its potential sensitivity to climate change and importance to environmental health risks. This seminar will compare mercury bioavailability and bioaccumulation patterns in Lake Champlain basins across seasons from the team's field research. They will also discuss the implications of these patterns for fish consumption risks, including unique risks to subsistence anglers.    

Roxanne Karimi is an environmental health scientist with expertise in mercury, other heavy metals, and important nutrients at the intersection of aquatic ecosystems and human health. Roxanne received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from Dartmouth where she worked on the interdisciplinary Superfund Research Program. She is a faculty member at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University and scientist in the Environmental Health division at the Vermont Department of Health.

Participants should expect approximately 30 minutes of presentation, which will be recorded, followed by a facilitated, 30-minute Q&A period.

This seminar is part of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Seminar Series, and Roxanne Karimi's research project is funded by Lake Champlain Sea Grant.

Register for the webinar through this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1eW3hBK1T2a0MkjcTGWoHg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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