Mark E. Hines, a Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, passed away on March 11, 2018. He studied mercury biogeochemistry in diverse locations including the Carson River, Nevada, the Adirondacks, New York, peat wetlands in Alaska, and various mining locations throughout the United States. Internationally, Mark’s research made key contributions to the understanding of the risk of mercury contamination in many countries; most significantly, he played a central role in research on the effects of mercury originating in the Idria mine (Slovenia), to the Gulf of Trieste ecosystem. The collaborations that supported these projects have earned Mark many colleagues and friends in the mercury research community.
Mark’s approach to mercury biogeochemistry was informed by his expertise in carbon, sulfur, and metal cycling. His major contributions to our understanding of mercury cycling were in the interface between different element cycles and included an emphasis on the role of both methylation and methylmercury degradation in the accumulation of methylmercury in contaminated environments. At the time of his death, Mark was examining the impact of wetland trophic status on carbon cycling dynamics and its impacts on methylmercury accumulation.
At the ICMGP 2019, we will remember Mark and his many contributions in a session dedicated to his memory.
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