SETAC 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark

ENVS MSc student Molly Bradford and Dr. Nelson O’Driscoll attended the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s 32nd Annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark May 15-19 ( Molly and Nelson cochaired several oral and poster sessions on “Trace Element Biogeochemistry” with colleagues from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Dr. Stephen Lofts) and the Copper Alliance (Dr. Stijn Baken). Molly presented two posters from her graduate research and three other posters were presented by Nelson from the Mercury Lab group ( As session chairs they were invited to attend the president’s assembly in the Copenhagen town hall where they enjoyed the city history and some lemon crepes. Other conference highlights included interesting keynote lectures which will be very informative for Dr. O’Driscoll environmental contaminants class (ENVS 4613). Of particular interest was the keynote by Dr. Hans Peter Arp which focused on addressing the risk of thousands of highly mobile and persistent contaminants in human drinking water that are not captured under current assessment regulations (see talk here: Towards reducing pollution of PMT/vPvM substances to protect water resources | Zenodo). A memorable highlight of being in Copenhagen as a city would have to be the bicycling which was their main route of transportation all week (and much faster than car or subway).

Nelson and Molly chairing the session.

Molly Bradford presenting her work on methylmercury accumulation in invertebrates of the Minas Basin

Nelson O’Driscoll presenting work on methylmercury production in Brier Island Big Meadow Bog.

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