Former CFE student Jessica Wilhelm, MS in Environmental Science & Policy ’15, has a new publication about her research while a student at Plymouth State. The paper is titled “Trace metals in Northern New England streams: Evaluating the role of road salt across broad spatial scales with synoptic snapshots” and was published in February 2019 in PLOS ONE. Co-authors include Mark Green and Kathleen Bush from CFE, Daniel Bain from the University of Pittsburgh, and William McDowell from UNH. The article is available online.
The research project involved resampling a water sample archive to explore the spatial pattern of streamwater total concentrations of arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc and their associations with biogeochemical controls in northern New England. The results indicate that road deicing has the potential to increase streamwater trace metal concentrations across broad spatial scales and increase risks to human and ecosystem health.
- Read David Brooks’ The Granite Geek blog post about this paper