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ICMGP 2013 - Meet A Mentor Lunches

These are a chance to enjoy lunch with key players in the mercury world. These sessions will give an opportunity to speak to mentors in a relaxed and open discussion in small groups of around 5-6. The mentors are listed below with a brief bio. The lunches will take place throughout the week. If you would like to take part in this event please contact melaniew@earth.ox.ac.uk and indicate which mentor you would like to join.


  • Laurie Chan, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Charles Driscoll, Syracuse University
  • Ralf Ebinghaus, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
  • Xinbin Feng, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Mae Gustin, University of Nevada
  • Milena Horvat, Jo˛ef Stefan Institute
  • Ellen Kurlansky, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Robert Mason, University of Connecticut
  • Nicola Pirrone, National Research Council of Italy

Laurie ChanLaurie Chan is the holder of Dr. Donald Rix B.C. Leadership Chair in Aboriginal Environmental Health and Professor at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia (www.research.uottawa.ca/chairs-details_210.html). He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. from the University of London in Toxicology. Prof. Chan’s research in environmental and nutritional toxicology spans from the lab developing new techniques for contaminant analysis to participatory research in the community on the risk and benefits of traditional foods.

Prof. Chan was selected as a Fellow by the Leopold Leadership Program of Stanford University in 2008 and awarded a Visiting Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2009. He also served on an expert panel on benefits and risks of fish consumption by the World Health Organization in 2010.


Charles T. DriscollCharles T. Driscoll is the University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at Syracuse University (www.lcs.syr.edu/faculty/driscoll/personal/index.asp).
Dr. Driscoll’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of environmental engineering, environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, soil chemistry and environmental quality modelling. He has provided expert testimony on air pollution effects on ecosystems to U.S. Congressional and State committees and participated in the National Research Council committee on Air Quality Management. He recently served as a member of the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the US EPA Science Advisory Board committee reviewing the mercury risk assessment for coal-fired and oil fired electric generating units (2011).

A principal research focus of Dr. Driscoll’s research has been the effects of disturbance on forest, aquatic and coastal ecosystems, including air pollution (acid rain, mercury), land-use change, climate change and elevated inputs of nutrients and trace metals. Dr. Driscoll has authored or co-authored more than 380 peerreviewed articles, and has been acknowledged by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) as one of the most highly cited researchers in both engineering and environmental science. He has received external funding for more than 90 research projects, mostly obtained from competitive research programs such as the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency. In 1984, the National Science Foundation designated Dr. Driscoll as a Presidential Young Investigator. In 2007 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Driscoll has served on many local, national and international committees and boards, including current participation on the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology and Everglades Restoration Committee for the National Research Council, and the National Science Foundation advisory committee for Critical Zone Observatories.


Ralf EbinghausRalf Ebinghaus is an analytical and environmental chemist and head of the Department for Environmental Chemistry of the Institute of Coastal Research at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, near Hamburg, Germany (www.hzg.de/mw/ebinghaus/index.html.en). He is also Professor (h.c.) at the Faculty of Sustainability Sciences at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His research fields include transport, deposition and air/sea-gas exchange of atmospheric trace constituents, such as mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) with special emphasis on substances of emerging concern for the coastal, marine, and polar environment.

Ralf Ebinghaus has published more than 130 publications in peer reviewed journals ( H-Index = 29 ) and several book chapters. Ralf Ebinghaus has co-edited three books and is editor of the CSIRO Journal "Environmental Chemistry" and co-editor of the EGU Open Access Journal "Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics".


Xinbin FengXinbin Feng has been associate director of the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2006 and a professor there since 2000 (english.gyig.cas.cn).

Xinbin Feng’s research interests focus on the biogeochemical cycling of heavy metals, such as mercury, cadmium and lead in the environment and human health impacts. His group is studying mercury biogeochemical cycling in newly built reservoirs in Wujiang river; mercury transport, transformation, and accumulation in the environment of mercury contaminated sites; the distribution of atmospheric Hg in ambient air of remote areas in China and long range transport of mercury in the atmosphere; human exposure of mercury and health impacts in mercury mining areas and remediation of mercury contaminated sites. The group is has also begun to investigate Hg isotope fractionation in the environmental compartments and to utilize Hg isotope ratios as a tool to trace the sources of Hg contamination in the environment. Xinbin has published more than 153 peer-reviewed papers in SCI journals.


Mae GustinMae Gustin is a professor at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, USA (www.ag.unr.edu/gustin). Mae’s primary research interests are the study of the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. Recent work focuses primarily on the environmental fate of mercury and understanding sources of atmospheric ozone and mercury. Specific research topics include investigation of spatial trends in air mercury and ozone concentrations, and mercury deposition, the development of passive samplers and other methods for monitoring air mercury concentrations and deposition.

Other areas of research in the past includes understanding the natural sources of atmospheric mercury, the role of plants in biogeochemical cycling of mercury, mercury pollution in the watersheds of Nevada, and mercury release from coal combustion products and combustion product amended soils.


Milena HorvatMilena Horvat is head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Jo˛ef Stefan Institute in Slovenia (en.environment.si) and an internationally renowned expert in mercury analysis and speciation. Milena previously served as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory in Monaco. Milena Horvat is leader of the Global mercury observation system (GMOS) work package on over water measurements of mercury. Milena chaired the 7th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) and will givea plenary talk at this year’s meeting on “Advances in analytical technology”.


Ellen KurlanskyEllen Kurlansky has been a policy analyst in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Air and Radiation since 1997 (www.epa.gov/air/). She is responsible for policies pertaining emissions (including mercury emissions) from the electricity-generating industry. Before joining the Office of Air and Radiation she had broad experience in environmental policy gained from work at other EPA offices and at other government agencies, at non-profit organizations and as a consultant. Ms. Kurlansky has a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University and an M.A. in Economics from George Washington University.


Robert MasonRobert Mason has been a professor in the departments of Marine Science and Chemistry at the University of Connecticut since 2005 (sp.uconn.edu/~rom05001/). He was a professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, part of the University of Maryland prior to this move (1994-2005) and also completed a postdoc at MIT (1992-94). He received his PhD in 1991 from the University of Connecticut and his MS from the University of Cape Town in South Africa (1983).

His current research interests are directed at the fate, transport, and transformation of trace metals and metalloids, especially mercury, in aquatic systems and the atmosphere. The research includes studies of the open ocean, the coastal zone and estuaries, as well as freshwater systems with a focus on the important transformation processes, in the sediment, water and air, and at the interfaces (sediment/water and air/sea exchange), and how these impact bioavailability and bioaccumulation into aquatic organisms. Mason has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including a number of highly cited papers (10 with >100 citations; one with 475 citations). He currently has 6 graduate students, and has graduated 6 PhD and 7 MS students. Current and prior funding has come from NSF, EPA, NIEHS, Sea Grant, State institutions, and non-profit organizations, as well as from industry.


Nicola Pirrone

Nicola Pirrone is Director of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the National Research Council of Italy (www.iia.cnr.it) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences of the University of Michigan. The goal of his research is to understand the dynamic processes of mercury and other atmospheric pollutants by combining filed measurements and atmospheric modelling on different spatial scales. He has coordinated a number of international research projects and policy working groups.

He is currently Chair of the UNEP Global Partnership for Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research, Chair of the WG on Global Atmospheric Mercury Models Intercomparison within the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollutants (TF HTAP) of the UN-ECE-LRTAP convention and Chair of the GEO Task HE-09-02d “Global Monitoring network for Mercury” within the GEOSS program. He has been Chair of the European WGs that prepared the "Air Quality Position Paper on Mercury" that is one of the scientific background documents of the Forth Air Quality Daughter Directive of the European Union and Chair of the WG TC264 of the European Standardization Body (CEN) that was in charge to prepare the standard methods for measuring mercury concentrations in ambient air and precipitation samples as part of the European Air Quality Directives. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on different topics associated to atmospheric transport and chemistry and policy relevant issues related to mercury and other major atmospheric pollutants.


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