STEM Speaker Series: “Winter mercury patterns in lake ecosystems and our future environmental health risks” with Dr. Roxanne Karimi

Date: 05/02/2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Special Collections Seminar Room


The health risks and benefits of eating fish are expected to change through the future, as climate change alters fish contaminant levels. However, scientists do not fully understand the influence of climate on fish contaminants, including mercury. Patterns of mercury bioavailability and transfer through the food chain during the winter are unknown compared to other seasons, despite their potential sensitivity to climate warming. Dr. Karimi will show new findings that demonstrate how mercury bioavailability in lake ecosystems can be highest in winter compared to other seasons. Dr. Karimi will discuss future scenarios as winters continue to warm, the implications for health risks to different subpopulations, and broader considerations for the future risk-benefits of fish consumption.

Roxanne Karimi is a Research Scientist in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. She studies how environmental factors influence aquatic pollutants in freshwater and marine ecosystems, and how those pollutants impact human health. Dr. Karimi was trained in Ecology and Environmental Health at the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College. Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the United Nations Environment Programme, New York Sea Grant, and Lake Champlain Sea Grant.

If you have a disability and are requesting accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please email or call 631-632-7100.



Bookings are closed for this event.

Clara Tran

Clara Tran

Head, Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University Libraries
Clara is the member of the Library STEM Team.
Clara Tran
Posted in Sciences Events, Workshops