The Gustin Mercury Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno has a PhD position opening. The student’s work will focus on developing surfaces for collecting and thermally desorbing oxidized mercury compounds into a GC-MS to identify the chemistry. In addition, there will be some field work involved that includes deployment of a sampling system developed by the Gustin Lab in the Sierra Nevada, Georgia, and Utah.
Desired qualifications: Master’s degree in chemistry or related field, experience with surface chemistry, and experience using analytical instruments.
If you are interested, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and experience, your transcripts, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to discuss this position, inquire at the same email.
Check out this week’s featured article in Nevada Weekly, showcasing our recent pet food mercury study.
Our team is going to SciCon2! Be sure to catch all of our presentations, including:
- Comparison of reactive mercury measurements from multiple co-located active systems (presenter: Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham)
- Assessment of the variation in tree ring mercury concentrations between co-located tree species (presenter: Ben Ingle)
Check out this feature article on the Core Analytical Lab.
The University of Nevada, Reno Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA Agriculture Research Service have teamed up form the Core Analytical Laboratory (CAL), and have named me the lab Director!
Check out the capabilities of the CAL at our new website.
This month my collaborators and I will be presenting our research at the 14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.
Talks will include:
- Testing methods for quantification and identification of reactive mercury compounds
- Development of an automated method for measurement of gaseous oxidized mercury
- Measurement and understanding GOM concentrations and chemistry from sites in Utah, Hawaii, Maryland, and Nevada, USA
- An integrated system for accurate, independently verified measurements of oxidized mercury
- Reactive mercury speciation and dry deposition during AMDEs in the Arctic
Posters will include:
- Mercury is a global contaminant in commercial cat and dog foods
- Introducing UNRRMAS 2.0: Improvements for quantification and identification of atmospheric reactive mercury
- Ozone may not be an important oxidant of atmospheric mercury
Check out my chapter, “Standard Techniques in Geomicrobiology”, in Analytical Geomicrobiology: A Handbook of Instrumental Techniques, available now from Cambridge University Press.
March 27, 2019
Happy Women in Science Month! This month, the University is featuring some of our female STEM scientists. I am honored to be featured twice on the Nevada Today blog alongside Drs. Stringham and Yerka as well as my fellow female pet food researchers.
Edit: The Nevada Today blogs posts were additionally featured in the April 5, 2019 and April 12, 2019 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) newsletters, under the “General Interest News” section.