Lecture: "Mercury in the Global Environment—Where Does It Come From, Where Does It Go?"
Professor Daniel Jacob
Prof. Daniel Jacob
May 21, 2015 (Thursday)
Kane Hall 210
About the Lecture
When people think of mercury, they tend to think of the element in its silvery, fluid state—the stuff to avoid if a thermometer breaks. It’s a fascinating metal in that it is liquid at room temperature, but it is present in the atmosphere as an elemental gas. Does mercury come from the atmosphere, bodies of water, soil, intentional use of mercury in products and processes (commercial mercury)? Discover where it comes from and where it goes.
About the Speaker
Daniel J. Jacob is the Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering at Harvard University. Professor Jacob is one of the group leaders for the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group at Harvard. His research interests lie in the field of global atmospheric chemistry, climate change, air pollution and biogeochemical cycles. He has been honored with the Haagen-Smit Prize from Atmospheric Environment, James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union, and NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. He is a top-ranked geoscientist in the world according to the Institute for Scientific Information based on citations and was ranked 16th “hottest researcher in the world” on the basis of frequently cited papers. More information on Prof. Jacob can be found at http://acmg.seas.harvard.edu/.
Sponsored by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.