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UNCG Ecotoxicology & Biogeochemistry Laboratory

People:

Our laboratory is open and we are setting up the lab right now. We are looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to join us to work on important environmental research.

Principal Investigator:

Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui
Assistant Professor
UNCG Biology
tmsui@uncg.edu
Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui

Biosketch: I originated from Hong Kong where I completed my bachelor and master degrees in Biology with concentration on environmental science and marine biology. I then came to the University of Minnesota for pursuing my doctoral degree, in my Ph.D. work I focused on mercury cycling in natural stream ecosystems. Upon finishing my Ph.D., I went to the University of Michigan for a postdoctoral training where I helped develop the use of stable isotope techniques in better understanding mercury and ecology problems in the natural environment. In addition to mercury, I have carried out different research projects on pesticides, organic compounds and trace metals in the environment.


Graduate Students:

Josh Brigham
EHS Ph.D. student
(co-advised with Dr. Anne Hershey)
jsbrigha@uncg.edu
Josh Brigham

Biosketch: I was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. I attended Elon University where I earned my degree in Biology (BS). I will be working on a project involving the study of methylation of mercury in local urban streams in Greensboro. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, and record collecting.


Peter Blum
Biology M.S. student
(co-advised with Dr. Anne Hershey)
pwblum@uncg.edu
Peter Blum

Biosketch: During my undergraduate at Appalachian State, I was able to participate in many labs, ranging from behavioral ecology to pollination biology. However, I primarily dealt with the identification and ecology of insects. This fed my interests for a particular family of "primitive" flies, the chironomids or "non-biting midges". Although adults are ephemeral and most lack feeding structures, larval chironomids occupy diverse niches, ranging from ectoparasites to leaf-miners. The majority of chironomid larvae are aquatic in nature, with many directly interacting with benthos. Because of this, the family is useful in the study of lentic and lotic systems in variety of capacities. My research interests lie in how methylmercury (MeHg) generated in benthos effects chironomid larvae, with particular interest in deformities of their head-capsule. The aim of my research is to establish whether the amount of MeHg incorporated within larval tissues correlates with rates of deformities, and if deformity rates could act as a proxy for measurement of environmental MeHg in bodies of water. This will be examined both with a laboratory and field component. As a first year graduate student at UNCG, I look forward to starting my research with the guidance of my co-advisors, Dr. Tsui and Dr. Hershey. I am excited to be a part of the newly formed Tsui lab and look forward to the developments over the next few semesters.


Christopher Hylton
EHS Ph.D. student
(***rotation in Spring 2014)
cahylton@uncg.edu
Christopher Hylton
Kristy King
EHS Ph.D. student
(***rotation in Spring 2014)
klking3@uncg.edu
Kristy King

Undergraduate Students:

Glenn Woerndle
Biology undergraduate student
gewoernd@uncg.edu
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Glenn Woerndle
Devin Olden
Biology undergraduate student
dlolden@uncg.edu
Project: Toxicity of mercury to aquatic organisms
Devin Olden
Elizabeth Lee
Biology postbaccalaureate student
(co-advised by Dr. Zhenquan Jia)
e_lee7@uncg.edu
Project: Cardiovascular toxicity of mercury
Anthony Stewart
Biology undergraduate student
(collaborated with Dr. Parke Rublee)
acstewar@uncg.edu
Project: Microbial indicators of mercury contamination in sediments