Mercury isa potentially serious public health concern due to its accumulation in aquatic and terrestrial food chains. The consumption of marine and freshwater fish containing elevated concentrations of mercury by women of child-bearing age has been linked to adverse health outcomes for their children (Oken et al., 2005; Grandjean and Perez, 2008). The goal of this project is to examine the biological and abiotic mechanisms that lead to the mobilization, transformation, and bioaccumulation of mercury in subsurface, estuarine, and marine environments. Understanding the fate of mercury in some of the most densely populated states in the U.S. will link process studies focused on biological cycling, speciation, and bioaccumulation to environmental management of the nation's aquatic natural resources. This project addresses the USDA National Institutes for Food and Agriculture national research priority area of Food Safety in that it will improve the knowledge base needed to 'reduce the incidence of food-borne illness and provide a safer food supply.' It also supports the mission of the NJAES in that it will contribute to the development of effective management strategies related to mercury in New Jersey's coastal environment thereby protecting natural resources, fisheries, and public health.
|Effective start/end date||12/11/13 → 12/10/18|