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Mae Gustin, Ph.D.


Mae Gustin

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  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1988
  • M.S., University of NC, Chapel Hill, 1983
  • B.S., Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, 1979


A Professor and University of Nevada-Reno Foundation Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.  She has been with UNR since 1994. For her complete cv see  .

Her primary research interests are the study of the fate and transport and biogeochemical cycles of inorganic contaminants in the environment. Her recent work focuses primarily on understanding the chemistry and environmental fate of atmospheric mercury in the environment, and the sources of ozone and other air pollutants to the Western United States. She is especially interested in regional and long range transport, and how air pollution moves in complex terrains. She recently managed a large project that measured ozone and other air pollutants across the State of Nevada-the Nevada Rural Ozone Initiative.

Specific research topics she has addressed in the past included investigation of natural sources of atmospheric mercury, the role of plants in the biogeochemical cycling of mercury, mercury pollution and methyl mercury production in watersheds impacted by legacy mining, and arsenic. She also has done a significant amount of work investigating the potential impacts associated with Hg in coal combustion by-products, and use of these as agricultural amendments; and on Hg release from areas of legacy and industrial scale mining. She worked with the mining industry to develop best-management practices for reducing Hg releases from non-point sources.  She has done research on the fate of trifluoroacetic acids and organophosphate pesticides during interaction with vegetation and soils.  She is especially interested in the roles that the atmosphere and vegetation play as sources, sinks, and pathways for cycling of environmental contaminants. She has been an Associate Editor for Science of the Total Environment since 2011. She was a member of National Research Council Committee that wrote the following  document "Kolb, C., Bond, T., Carmichael, G., Ebe, K., Edwards, D., Fuelberg, H., Gustin, M. S., Hao, J., Jacob, D., Jaffe, D., Kreidenweis, S., Law, K., Prather, M., Simonich, S., Thiemens, M. (2010). Global sources of local pollution: An Assessment of Long-Range Transport of Key Air Pollutants to and from the United States, National Academy of Science Press 234 pp."


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