Seeking Graduate Student(s)

The Gustin Mercury Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno has a PhD position opening. The student’s work will focus on developing surfaces for collecting and thermally desorbing oxidized mercury compounds into a GC-MS to identify the chemistry. In addition, there will be some field work involved that includes deployment of a sampling system developed by the Gustin Lab in the Sierra Nevada, Georgia, and Utah.

Desired qualifications: Master’s degree in chemistry or related field, experience with surface chemistry, and experience using analytical instruments.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter describing your research interests and experience, your transcripts, and three references to mgustin[at] If you would like to discuss the position, inquire at the same email.

Congratulations Ben

We are proud of our December 2020 graduate, Ben Ingle (B.S.)!

November 2020 – SETAC Conference

Be sure to catch talks from my group at the 41st North America SETAC meeting. Talks will include:

  • Comparison of reactive mercury measurements from multiple co-located active systems (presenter: Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham)
  • Assessment of the variation in tree ring mercury concentrations between co-located tree species (presenter: Ben Ingle)

Congratulations Addie, Maggie & Sam

The Gustin lab is proud to have 3 2020 graduates: Adriel Luippold (M.S.), Margarita Vargas Estrada (B.S.), and Samantha Leftwich (B.S.). Job well done, ladies!

September 2019 – ICMGP Conference

This month my collaborators and I presented our research at the 14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.

Talks will include:

  • Testing methods for quantification and identification of reactive mercury compounds
  • Development of an automated method for measurement of gaseous oxidized mercury
  • Measurement and understanding GOM concentrations and chemistry from sites in Utah, Hawaii, Maryland, and Nevada, USA
  • An integrated system for accurate, independently verified measurements of oxidized mercury
  • Reactive mercury speciation and dry deposition during AMDEs in the Arctic

Posters will include:

  • Mercury is a global contaminant in commercial cat and dog foods
  • Introducing UNRRMAS­­ 2.0: Improvements for quantification and identification of atmospheric reactive mercury
  • Ozone may not be an important oxidant of atmospheric mercury

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