Title: Health Impact of Toxic Metal(loid)s from Coal Fly Ash
Principal Investigators: Jennifer Guerard, Sarah Hayes
Abstract: This proposal seeks to investigate coal fly ash interactions with organic constituents of boreal surface waters. It is currently unknown to what extent these metal(loid)s from fly ash are mobilized into boreal surface waters upon leaching, or impacts on their bioaccessibility resulting from interactions within a surficial aquatic matrix. Undergraduates will investigate fly ash leaching and metal(loid) complexation in a variety of aqueous matrices using a a suite of analytical methods to characterize both metal(loid) and organic constituents. This proposal will integrate a tiered mentoring model between PIs, graduate, and undergraduate researchers to maximize undergraduate development and strengthen mentoring relationships.