Cross-habitat exchange of mercury between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Project Overview
Project Abstract: 
The purpose of this study is to investigate the cross-habitat exchange of mercury between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. When the insects emerge out of the water, they transport significant amount of mercury to terrestrial ecosystems. The transported mercury can then be exposed to terrestrial food webs including carnivorous insects, birds and bats. Similarly, aquatic organisms can receive terrestrial mercury via allochthonous sources. This study will utilize stable mercury isotope as a tracer to identify the pathways of mercury transport between two different ecosystems and the extent of exposure to food webs.
Investigator Info
Funding agency: 
M cubed
Years research project active: 
2012