Sonja Gindorf (PhD Student):

Mercury is a natural element and at the same time a global pollutant. Emissions from human activities can reach even remote regions such as the Arctic Ocean. In the Ocean, microbes can transform mercury into a highly toxic form that poses a threat to wildlife and humans: In this neurotoxic form, mercury accumulates in living organisms. Nonetheless, mercury is a trace element in the ocean and its low concentrations make studying its distribution and especially transformation processes in the water column very challenging. At Pint of Science, I would like to speak about mercury in the Arctic Ocean from an ecosystem perspective, exploring the interplay of the living and non-living parts of the mercury cycle in the Arctic Ocean and sharing impressions from an expedition to the Arctic Ocean last summer.


May 13-15 2024