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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative

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Mercury Research

Validating Models for Mercury in Lakes Mercury in Acadia National Park Dragonfly Larvae Pilot Study

Validating landscape models for mercury in northeast lakes using dragonfly nymphs as mercury bio-sentinels
Mercury is a natural element but is found in elevated levels in Maine and many locations across the country due largely to fossil fuel emissions; mercury travels far in the atmosphere and lands in remote places – far from where it may be emitted – worldwide…

Mercury in Acadia National Park: Synthesizing a rich history of research at a highly sensitive site
This project follows on a working group, convened in 2011, charged with developing research priorities that address natural resource managers’ questions about mercury in the environment and identifying ways to incorporate participatory mercury research into science education (Mercury in Acadia and Northeast Protected Areas)…

Developing Indicators for Comparative Watershed Mercury Burdens: Dragonfly Larvae Pilot Study
In an effort to increase public awareness regarding mercury, Acadia Learning was expanded in 2012 to collect dragonfly larvae for mercury analysis in national parks. Fourteen national parks across the U.S. are participating in the initial effort…

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Contact Information

Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3244E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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