Dr. Derek WrightAssistant Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science
Lake Superior State University
650 W. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
B.S. Lake Superior State University
Ph.D. Rutgers University
Area of Specialty:
Trace Metal Biogeochemistry
Aquatic Chemistry of Freshwater and Marine systems
Research Interests and Opportunities:
My current research interests are primarily focused on the biogeochemical cycling and biological uptake of trace metals, in particular mercury. Mercury is emitted to the atmosphere from anthropogenic activities such as the combustion of coal and municipal waste, where it can subsequently be deposited locally, or enter the global atmospheric mercury pool depending on its chemical form. Once mercury makes its way into aquatic systems, it can be transformed to methylmercury, the form that accumulates to potentially dangerous levels in fish. I am interested in investigating various aspects of the mercury cycle, including: 1) enhanced local deposition near emissions sources, 2) the effects of scavenging by vegetation on mercury deposition, and 3) the factors that contribute to enhanced bioaccumulation and trophic transfer of mercury in aquatic food webs.