Methylmercury uptake rate in phytoplankton is among the highest recorded A recently published study in the journal of the American Chemical Society, Environmental Science and Technology, found that while Great Lakes waters harbor low methylmercury concentrations, the rates of methylmercury transfer to phytoplankton are extremely high, higher than rates observed in open oceans. Phytoplankton Read more about Methylmercury water concentrations low, but Great Lakes fish consumption advisories persist—new research documents one probable culprit[…]
According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 40 years of reduced mercury use, emissions, and loading in the Great Lakes region have largely not produced equivalent declines in the amount of mercury accumulating in large game fish.
EPA-UW-Madison Research Fellow Ryan Lepak is looking at sources of methylmercury in fish and how it accumulates in and moves through the Great Lakes environment.
A new training program will support trainees at three levels (undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) while strengthening cooperation between the EPA and UW-Madison.