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Workshop Agenda

Day One - August 17, 2004

8:00 Refreshments, Registration, and Poster Drop-off 30 mins
8:30 Workshop Introductions & Review of the Agenda 15 mins
  Overview of Mercury Research and Relations to DOI Resource Management
Moderator: Eric Evenson, USGS
8:45 Overview of the mercury contamination problem and the remaining gaps in understanding related to mercury cycling and fate in the environment.
Presenter: Dave Krabbenhoft, USGS
30 mins
9:15 Update on EPA's Regulatory Approach to Reducing Mercury Emissions
Presenter: Ellen Brown, USEPA
20 mins
9:35 Panel presentation and discussion on DOI resource managers' perspectives on mercury issues and needs for future research.
Panel members: Dan Ashe, FWS; John Dennis, NPS; Jim Kendall, MMS; Chip Groat, USGS; John Persell, Chippewa Tribe in Minnesota
90 mins
11:05 Break 30 mins
  Case Studies on DOI Lands and Effects of Land Management on Mercury
Moderator: Neil Burgess, Environment Canada
11:35 The Aquatic Cycling of Mercury in the Everglades Project: Integrated Research Providing Information for Management and Science
Presenter: Bill Orem, USGS; coauthors, David Krabbenhoft, USGS; Cynthia Gilmour, Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences; and George Aiken, USGS.
20 mins
11:55 Mercury in wetlands on the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota
Presenter: Steve Sando, USGS
20 mins
12:15 Mercury in Voyageurs National Park Aquatic Food Chains
Presenter: Jeff Jeremiason, Gustavus Adolphus College
20 mins
12:35 Lunch 55 mins
  Biological effects
Moderator: Roger Hothem, USGS
1:30 Target Species at Risk: Evidence of Endocrine Disruption and Reproductive Toxicity in Invertebrates, Fish and Alligators.
Presenter: Tim Gross, USGS
20 mins
1:50 Threshold levels of mercury in bird eggs: what we know and don't know
Presenter: Gary Heinz, USGS
20 mins
2:10 Human health effects
Presenter: Kate Mahaffey, USEPA
20 mins
2:30 Mercury as an endocrine disruptor in fish.
Presenter: Paul Drevnick, Miami University
20 mins
2:50 Exposure and Effects of Mercury in Terrestrial Wildlife
Presenter: Dave Evers, BioDiversity Research Institute
20 mins
3:10 BREAK 30 mins
  Tools for Accessing Data, Models, and Ancillary Information
Moderator: Neil Kamman, VT Department of Environmental Conservation
3:40 National descriptive model of mercury in fish tissue
Presenter: Steve Wente, USGS
20 mins
4:00 Environmental Mercury Mapping, Modeling, and Analysis (EMMMA) - Web Deployment of the Wente Fish Tissue Mercury Model, Online Access to Mercury Data, and Integration with The National Map.
Presenter: Paul Hearn, USGS
20 mins
4:20 The Mercury Deposition Network (MDN) - National Status and Trends
Presenter: Mark Nilles, USGS
20 mins
4:40 Trends and uncertainties in mercury data analysis: An evaluation using the Contaminant Exposure and Effects— Terrestrial Vertebrates (CEETV) database
Presenter: Nancy Golden, USFWS
20 mins
5:00 BREAK -- Refreshments 60 mins
6:00 Poster session viewing 90 mins
7:30 Break for the night  

DAY TWO - August 18, 2004

  Mercury Sources
Moderator Lee Tarnay
8:00 Defining Atmospheric Mercury Source Receptor Relations: The USGS Mobile Mercury Lab
Presenter: Mark Olson, USGS
20 mins
8:20 Non-atmospheric mercury contamination and bioaccumulation in mining-impacted watersheds
Presenter: Charlie Alpers, USGS
20 mins
8:40 The mercury experiment to assess atmospheric loadings in Canada and the US (METALLICUS) project.
Presenter: Dave Krabbenhoft, USGS
20 mins
9:00 Source-apportionment for mercury deposition: Where does the mercury in mercury deposition come from?
Presenter: Mark Cohen, NOAA Air Resources Laboratory
20 mins
9:20 Atmospheric chemistry and the relative importance of emission sources
Presenter: Russ Bullock, USEPA
20 mins
9:40 Petroleum Drilling Fluids as a Source of Mercury to the Offshore Environment
Presenter: John Trefry, Florida Institute of Technology
20 mins
10:00 BREAK 30 mins
  Influence of Ecosystem Setting on Mercury and Mercury Manangment
Moderator: Adria Elskus, University of Kentucky
10:30 Mercury bioaccumulation in stream ecosystems--detailed studies, spatial assessments, and trend monitoring
Presenter: Mark Brigham, USGS
20 mins
10:50 Landscape factors affecting mercury bioaccumulation in biota
Speaker: Neil Kamman, VT Department of Environmental Conservation
20 mins
11:10 Wetland Restoration and the Potential for Enhanced Mercury Methylation
Presenter: Mark Marvin-DiPasquale, USGS
20 mins
11:30 Mercury Biogeochemistry in Two Gauged Watersheds, Acadia National Park
Presenter: Steve Kahl, University of Maine;
Coauthors: Ken Johnson, Sarah Nelson, Ket Sheehan, Ivan Fernandez, and Aria Amirbahman.
20 mins
11:50 LUNCH 70 mins
  Future Research Directions for the DOI Landscape Mercury Initiative
Moderator: Sarah Gerould, USGS
1:00 Summaries and directions for research from each of the 6 sessions.
60 mins
  Discussion 60 mins
3:00 End