Environmental Chemistry Research Group

Another interesting aspect of these studies is the link between dissolved trace metals, e.g. iron, and growth of phytoplankton. Numerous field and laboratory studies have shown that direct addition of iron, as dissolved iron solutions, enhances the growth of phytoplankton. Yet, one can pose the question “What would be the effect on biological activity and the growth of phytoplankton when Fe-containing mineral is directly added to the growth medium under environmental conditions?”  Therefore, we conduct interdisciplinary research studies to address these questions using biological assays of phytoplankton coupled with simultaneous iron dissolution measurements combining cutting edge spectroscopic and microscopic technologies.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

GAYAN R. RUBASINGHEGE

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Department of Chemistry

801 Leroy Place

Socorro, NM 87801

Bethany Jessen

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Department of Chemistry

801 Leroy Place

Socorro, NM 87801

Phone: 575-835-5129

Fax: 575-835-5215

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