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Professor Gratz Receives NSF Grant

Congratulations to Professor Lynne Gratz (Environmental Studies), who will be the lead principal investigator on a $1.6 million multi-institution National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a research project focused on the chemistry of atmospheric mercury, a hazardous air pollutant of both local and global importance.

This project is a collaboration between Colorado College, Utah State University, the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Utah, and will take place in two 6-month spring-summer field campaigns at the Storm Peak Laboratory in Steamboat Springs, CO. Researchers will explore the chemical mechanisms by which the persistent, globally-transported form of atmospheric mercury is converted to its more water-soluble, readily-deposited oxidized form that can ultimately pose environmental and human health risks.

Results of this work will improve the understanding of mercury chemistry in a remote continental atmosphere, and inform the accurate incorporation of mercury chemistry in global or regional models. Colorado College’s portion of the grant will support student researchers in summers 2021 and 2022, as well as Lynne’s participation in the fieldwork and data analysis over the next three years.

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