Photos from research focusing on mercury depositon in the Cascades

Mercury Deposition in Cascade and Olympic Ranges

Snowshoeing to sites in the Cascade and Olympic Ranges, senior Environmental Science student Katie Havens, under the direction of Geological Sciences faculty Dr. Jerry Fairley, incorporated adventure into academics as she and a team of researchers compiled data to determine the effect of densely urbanized areas on the mercury concentrations of local aquatic systems. The project, designed by Havens, involved an in-depth study of sample handling and field techniques while simultaneously integrating the exploration of royal snow-covered peaks. Conducted in March of 2008, this research was presented at the University of Idaho Spring Research Expo in April 2008.