Adjunct Associate Professor of biology Marilyn S. Mayer has been awarded a grant by the St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund (SLRREF), which the New York Power Authority (NYPA) established as part of its relicensing of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in 2003. The grant to Mayer, for $20,000, was among projects "that will contribute to appreciation and understanding of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem," according to the authority.
The funding will allow Mayer to hire a St. Lawrence student as a research assistant for the summer.
Mayer will conduct research on levels of mercury in select wildlife in created and natural wetlands ranging from the Thousand Islands to Akwesasne. She plans to evaluate the effects of wetland origin (natural vs. created), water level management, wetland age and wetland type on the impact mercury has on wildlife; and also, quantify mercury levels among tree swallows, the Blandings turtle, bullfrogs and bass.
A graduate of Cornell University, where she also earned a master's degree, Mayer earned the Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.
According to a press release from NYPA, the grant is one of four recently awarded. Other organizations awarded grant funding are Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam and Save The River; a total of $40,000 in grant funding was awarded. The four projects chosen this year were selected out of a pool of 10 applicants and will receive $48,232 in matching grants from other sources, according to the authority.
Posted: June 24, 2010