Marine Pollution

Conference Date: 
Sunday, January 15, 2017 to Thursday, January 19, 2017
PLEASE CONTACT Daniela Zak at MERCI by November 1, 2017 FOR REGISTRATION. Email following details: Name, Graduate status (year, degree), and affiliation to dzak [at]
This course will consider marine pollution in its various forms. We will focus primarily on chemical contaminants, including an array of metals and metalloids, long-lived radionuclides emanating from the nuclear fuel cycle and weapons testing, and organic pollutants (including oil, chlorinated hydrocarbons, pharmaceutical wastes). The course will consider sources of these contaminants, routes to the sea, biogeochemical cycling, toxicity to marine organisms, and possible public health implications from consumption of contaminated seafood. Problems associated with sewage treatment plant effluents, including excess nutrients and pathogenic microorganisms, will also be considered, as will non-toxic pollutants such as plastics. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral investigators, but may also be suitable for advanced undergraduates with strong biology and chemistry backgrounds. Students will be expected to lead discussions on some assigned readings and participate in debates on controversial subjects related to marine pollution. The workshop will also include a one-day field trip to sites such as sewage treatment and desalination plants.
Brief bio Nicholas Fisher is a marine biogeochemist who is known primarily for his studies on the interactions of contaminants with marine organisms, particularly the cycling and bioaccumulation of metals, metalloids, and long-lived radionuclides in marine ecosystems. These studies have considered contaminant fluxes in the oceans, the trophic transfer of metals in marine food webs, and public health implications of seafood contamination. Fisher has a BA in Biology from Brandeis University (1970) and a PhD in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1974). He was a postdoctoral investigator in the Chemistry
University of Haifa, Israel

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