Assessment of trace metal abundance and speciation in soils and sediments

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Jeff Catalano, Dan Giammar

Trace metals play important roles in the biogeochemistry of soils and sediments, serving as both essential micronutrients and toxic contaminants. This interdisciplinary project aims to

  1. Establish baseline data on the concentrations and speciation of metal contaminants and micronutrients at Tyson Research Center, and
  2. Identify locations with varying redox conditions that may influence coupled biogeochemical processes.

Areas of investigation include the research garden and pond sediments. This work is intended to lay the foundation for future field-based environmental research projects.