Event Date

September 14, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Brown Bag Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

BRIT Research Seminars
Date: Various dates throughout year
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public
Visit the event page for specific date and time information.

Point of Contact

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Director of Research Programs

Mercury contamination of the environment is one of the most significant issues facing the planet. Because of widespread atmospheric deposition of mercury, all aquatic ecosystems from small ponds and creeks to large lakes and rivers are contaminated with toxic mercury, making these aquatic systems potentially hazardous for both humans and wildlife. Mercury reaches high levels in the tissues of aquatic organisms like fish and insects. When humans or birds eat aquatic organisms, they are exposed to mercury. In this seminar, Dr. Chumchal will discuss mercury contamination in the south central United States with special emphasis on how landscape features, like coniferous forests and human-made ponds, may exacerbate the problem.

About Research Lecture Series

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars.