Mercury 2022

Mercury 2022 - Scientific Committee

Name: Ass Prof Dr Amina Schartup

Company: Scripps Institution of Oceanography-University of California San Diego

Country: United States

Biography: Amina Schartup is an Assistant Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in San Diego, USA. Before SIO, Amina was a research associate at Harvard University investigating various aspects of the mercury cycle, from chemical transformations in flooded soils to biomagnification in marine food webs. Amina also spent 2 years at the U.S. National Science Foundation in the Office of Polar Programs where she worked in the Arctic Sciences Section on efforts to coordinate national and international research that support improving the resilience and sustainability of Arctic communities. Amina is particularly interested in research questions that address vulnerable communities needs and response to environmental change. Amina received a BSc. in Chemistry from the University of Paris V, an MSc. in Geochemistry from the University of Paris VII/Paris Institute of Earth’s Physics (IPGP), and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut.


Name: Dr Anne Soerensen

Company: Swedish Museum of Natural History

Country: Sweden

Biography: Anne Soerensen is a researcher at the Department of Environmental Research and Monitoring at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden. She holds a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Aarhus University, Denmark. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, USA, before moving to Sweden. Since coming to Sweden she has used the Baltic Sea (a semi-enclosed costal sea) as a study system to understand the main drivers controlling spatiotemporal variability in water column dynamics, food web uptake and bioaccumulation of mercury in aquatic systems. She also works with mercury in the Arctic, with specific focus on sources to, and processes within, the Arctic Ocean. Her work employs a combination of experimental, field based and modeling approaches. She is furthermore in charge of the Swedish Monitoring Programme for Contaminants in Marine Biota.


Name: Prof Dr Celia Y Chen

Company: Dartmouth College

Country: United States

Biography: Celia Chen is a Research Professor of Biology at Dartmouth College and Director of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. She received her M.S. in biological oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and her Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Dartmouth College. Over the last 25 years, her research has focused on the bioaccumulation and fate of metals, and mercury, in particular, in aquatic ecosystems including lakes and ponds, reservoirs, streams and rivers, and estuaries. In addition to her research program on Hg, she is also the Leader of the Research Translation Core (RTC) of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program (SRP) that is tasked with communicating and facilitating the application of the research findings of the Dartmouth SRP to policy makers, other stakeholder groups and the public. She has also served on Science Advisory Board Panels of the USEPA for mercury risk assessment, nutrient loading in Lake Erie, and science and technology awards. She has also served on the boards of the North Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Gelfond Fund at Stony Brook University.


Name: David Amouroux

Company: CNRS – University of Pau & Pays Adour

Country: France

Biography: David Amouroux, is Research Director at the French CNRS appointed at the Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physico-Chemistry for the Environment and Materials (IPREM, CNRS – University of Pau & Pays Adour) and he is research leader of the IPREM Cluster for Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology. He is an environmental and analytical chemist, specifically interested in cycling and reactivity of contaminants in the environment. Some of his research lines include: i) transformations and transfer of mercury; selenium and other metal(loid)s at aquatic environments interfaces and ii) development of analytical and experimental methods using stable isotopes of trace elements to investigate biogeochemical mechanisms in the environment. He has authored and co-authored more than 180 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 10 chapters in books, 40 invited conferences and 400 communications in conferences.


Name: Prof Guey-Rong Sheu

Company: National Central University

Country: Taiwan, Republic of China

Biography: Guey-Rong Sheu is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the National Central University in Taiwan. He has a PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park in USA where he graduated in 2001. His current and recent research focuses on atmospheric Hg cycling in the East and Southeast Asia and in regions downwind of the East Asian continent, such as Taiwan and neighboring countries and oceans (e.g. South China Sea, East China Sea, Taiwan Strait, NW Pacific Ocean). He started long-term monitoring of speciated atmospheric Hg at the Lulin Atmospheric Background Stations (LABS) in central Taiwan since 2006 to study the export of atmospheric Hg from East Asia. Since 2008, he assisted Taiwan EPA in establishing and operating a nation-wide wet Hg deposition monitoring network, consisting of 12 sampling sites, to collect weekly rainwater samples for Hg analysis. He started working with Taiwan EPA, USEPA and the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) to promote the collaboration in atmospheric Hg monitoring in the Asia-Pacific region since 2012, resulting in the establishment of the Asia Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network (APMMN) that addresses significant data gaps in a region where atmospheric Hg emissions are the highest globally but available measurement data are limited.


Name: Assoc Prof Jenny Fisher

Company: University of Wollongong

Country: Australia

Biography: Dr Jenny Fisher is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry, within the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences at the University of Wollongong. She completed her PhD at Harvard University in 2011. Her research centres on investigating the sources, chemical evolution, and transport pathways of atmospheric pollutants, including mercury. Her work combines atmospheric models with diverse measurements with the overarching goal of increasing fundamental understanding of the impacts of human activity and natural processes on the atmosphere. Jenny is a founding member of the Mercury Australia research network and co-chair of the GEOS-Chem Working Group for Mercury and Persistent Organic Pollutants.


Name: Prof Dr Jozef Pacyna

Company: AGH University of Science and Technology

Country: Poland

Biography: Prof. Jozef M. Pacyna is a Retired Professor at the Faculty of Energy and Fuels of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland and a former Research Director of the Norwegian Institute for Air Research in Kjeller, Norway. He has also been working as a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (1992-1993), the Chalmers 150th Anniversary Visiting Professor at the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (1994 – 1997), and the 2006 Visiting Professor at the Yale University. Prof. Pacyna’s expertise is on biogeochemical cycling and fluxes of mercury, other heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, and radionuclides in the environment. Another field of his expertise is related to the implementation of environmental strategies and policies defined within international agreements on emission and flux reductions, including cost-benefit analysis of this implementation. Prof. Pacyna is the author of more than 450 scientific publications, including more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 30 books and book chapters. In 2012 he received Life Achievement Award for recognition of his outstanding contribution to advancing scientific knowledge of heavy metals in the environment, and their impact upon human health. Prof. Pacyna was a Chairman of the ICMGP 2019 in Krakow, Poland.


Name: Dr Lesley Sloss

Company: IEA Clean Coal Centre

Country: United Kingdom

Biography: Lesley is an expert on mercury emissions from coal combustion. She is very active in the outreach work of the IEA CCC and runs the Workshop series on Mercury and Multi-pollutant emissions from coal. She acts as Lead on the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Coal Partnership Area providing guidance to the delegations on the implementation of the new Minamata Convention on Mercury. She has helped manage full-scale demonstration projects in Russia and South Africa. Lesley acts as an expert on BSI/CEN and ISO Standards working groups. She also works through the IEA CCC along with UNEP, US EPA, US DOE, EXPPERTS, Coaltrans and other organisations to disseminate information on clean coal internationally through workshops and conferences. Lesley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and on the board of the RSC Energy Sector Committee. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and a member of the IES Board.


Name: Dra Maria del Carmen Diéguez

Company: CONICET-INIBIOMA

Country: Argentina

Biography: María Diéguez is a researcher at the National Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (National Council for Science and Technology and Comahue National University) in Bariloche, Argentina. She holds a licenciature and a PhD in Biology from UNComa, (Bariloche, Argentina). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the IGB in Berlin, Germany and at the Biology Department in Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA, working in freshwater plankton ecology. She has done most of her research in the field of Limnology focusing in trophic interactions within pelagic food webs of Patagonian lakes. Her research involves the analysis of the mercury incorporation and transfer in planktonic food webs of shallow and deep ultraoligotrophic lakes within Nahuel Huapi National Park, a natural reserve in northwestern Patagonia under the influence of active volcanoes. Since 2010 she is in charge in the EMMA Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring Station of Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS) network.


Name: Assoc Prof Dr Noelle Selin

Company: MIT

Country: United States

Biography: Noelle Eckley Selin is Associate Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also the Director of MIT’s Technology and Policy Program. Her research uses atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-making on sustainability challenges, including mercury as well as other hazardous substances. Her work also examines interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations. She is the author (with H. Selin) of the book Mercury Stories: Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element (MIT Press, 2020). She received her PhD from Harvard University in Earth and Planetary Sciences as part of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group. Her M.A. (Earth and Planetary Sciences) and B.A. (Environmental Science and Public Policy) are also from Harvard University. Her articles were selected as the best environmental policy papers in 2015 and 2016 by the journal Environmental Science & Technology. She is the recipient of a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award (2011), a Leopold Leadership fellow (2013-2014), Kavli fellow (2015), a member of the Global Young Academy (2014-2018), an American Association for the Advancement of Science Leshner Leadership Institute Fellow (2016-2017), and a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Munich Institute for Advanced Study (2018-2021).


Name: Assoc Prof Dr Patricia Forbes

Company: University of Pretoria

Country: South Africa

Biography: Patricia Forbes is an Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and she holds the Rand Water Chemistry Research Chair. She was previously employed as Environmental Manager at Impala Platinum Refineries, and as Head of the Air Quality Research Laboratory of the CSIR. Prof Forbes was awarded the 2019 ChromSA Chromatographer of the Year award in recognition of her research achievements. She received the Chemical Education award of the South African Chemical Institute in 2014, the international Wharton QS Reimagine Education Award for Presence Learning in 2015, and the University of Pretoria Teaching Excellence and Innovation Laureate award in 2016 for chemistry outreach in Africa. Prof Forbes serves on the Professional Standards Board of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and chairs the RSC Local Section South Africa North committee, as well as the Chromatography Division of the South African Chemical Institute. She is Editor in Chief of the South African Journal of Chemistry, is a member of the journal Editorial Boards of Applied Science (Springer Nature) and Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)), and is Managing Guest Editor of MethodsX (Elsevier). Patricia’s research focuses on the development of novel sampling and analytical methods for environmental pollutants; including denuder based sampling techniques for semi-volatile organic compounds in air, biomonitors (such as biomonitoring of atmospheric mercury using lichens), and quantum dot based fluorescence sensors for trace pollutant detection in water.


Name: Prof Shuxiao Wang

Company: Tsinghua University

Country: China

Biography: Prof. Shuxiao Wang is a professor in School of Environment, Tsinghua University. She is also the Director of the State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Sources and Control of Air Pollution Complex in China. Her research interests focus on air pollution control, including mercury emission, transport and fate, and control policies. She has led over 20 research projects on mercury as PI. She has been serving as an expert of the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (TF HTAP), UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group, and the Technical experts group on emissions of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. She published over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, and was awarded as Global Cited Scientist in 2019.


Name: Ms Susan Keane

Company: Natural Resources Defense Council

Country: United States

Biography: Susan Egan Keane is the Senior Director of Global Advocacy, in the International Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a US-based environmental advocacy group. Susan is a public health specialist with over 30 years of experience working on domestic and international environmental health issues. In the past decade, her work has focused on advocating for the reduction of global mercury pollution. Susan directly engaged with governments during the negotiations of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which entered into force in August of 2017, and is now working to put the Convention into action. In particular, she is working with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNEP on planetGOLD, a multi-country program to reduce mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining. She is also the co-leader of the ASGM Area of the United Nations Environment Program Global Mercury Partnership.