DATE: February 8, 2010 5:43:45 PM PST
Geographer Evan Malczyk to Speak about Mercury Levels in Lake Zapotlan on Feb. 12 at WWU
Contact: David Rossiter, assistant professor, Huxley College of the Environment, (360) 650-3603 or David.Rossiter@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Evan Malczyk, who recently earned his master’s degree from the University of Toronto’s Department of Geography and is an alumnus of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, will speak at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in Communications Facility 125 on the WWU campus.
The event is free, open to the public and is part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series.
Malczyk’s talk, “Assessing Mercury Exposure Risk in the Lake Zapotlán Watershed, Mexico,” is the second of five in the annual Huxley Speaker Series. The goal of the series is to bring together the environmental studies and environmental science communities along with WWU and Bellingham community members to discuss matters of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.
Malczyk will discuss his graduate work on Lake Zapotlán’s mercury levels. Lake Zapotlán is the second largest lake in Jalisco State, Mexico, and is internationally recognized as an important wetland. To assess a mercury exposure risk to the lake’s fish consumers, Malczyk investigated the concentrations of total mercury in water inputs, surface waters, sediments and the commercial catch of two fish species, tilapia and carp.
For more information on this presentation please contact David Rossiter, an assistant professor of Environmental Studies within WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-3603 or David.Rossiter@wwu.edu.
Huxley College's academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world. This innovative and interdisciplinary approach established Huxley College as a leader in the field nearly 40 years ago. Since then the College has continued to lead, earning international recognition for the quality of its programs, the expertise of its faculty and the knowledge of its graduates.