Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Assistant Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds.
Water quality is one of the most significant considerations in working forests, and many of our current best management practices have been designed to protect our water resources. Diana Karwan, Assistant Professor in forest hydrology and watershed management, works with watershed tracer studies to better understand how sediments move through and interact with streams. In turn, her work can then help improve and design best management practices that are scientifically sound and impactful in forest watersheds.