The Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the ways in which arsenic and mercury in the environment affect ecosystems and human health. We communicate our results to communities, grass-roots organizations, and state and federal agencies, and we train students to conduct research from both a clinical and community-based perspective. We hope you will be inspired to ask questions about our work, and will learn about the ways these metals may affect your health.


Dartmouth SRP Researcher Brian Jackson to Speak on Arsenic in the US Food Supply, October 23, 6-7:30 pm

As part of a Seminar for the inaugural meeting of the NH Area of the NE Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Dr. Jackson will review Dartmouth-led studies on arsenic in food. Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program and the Green Mountain Section of the ACS.

What's New

Arsenic in Private Wells in NH Report Completed by Dartmouth SRP and Thayer School of Engineering

A new report prepared by the Dartmouth SRP and Thayer School of Engineering for the NH DES and DHHS, examines barriers to testing and treating arsenic in private well water. Funded through a grant from CDC, the report also examines health impacts of arsenic in drinking water and concludes that hundreds of cases of cancer of the lung, bladder, or skin could be avoided in New Hampshire by convincing private well users to test and treat their water to remove naturally occurring arsenic. Report; NHPR; Concord Monitor

Science Communication Workshop Big Success

Fifteen academic, federal agency and non-profit researchers participated in a workshop led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Participants learned techniques to improve the way they communicate their research to the public, policymakers, the media and more. Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program and NAC-SETAC.

Human and Environmental Sustainability Summit 2014: Consequences of Arsenic in Water and Food

Mt. Desert Island Marine Biological Lab and the Dartmouth SRP hosted a two-day stakeholder-driven meeting focusing on reducing the human health consequences of arsenic in the environment. Over 30 participants from state and federal government, industry, not-for profits, education organizations, media and academia worked together to craft specific long and short-term goals to address the issue.

Vivien Taylor Awarded KC Donnelly Externship

Vivien Taylor is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Trace Element Analysis Core working with Dr. Brian Jackson, where her research focuses on developing methods for determining mercury and arsenic species. Through this NIEHS-sponsored externship, she will expand on her current research by evaluating passive sampling techniques for measuring mercury in situ in estuaries. Passive samplers have been applied as a powerful tool for assessing the bioavailable fraction of organic contaminants, but have not been widely used for metals. This work will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Robert Burgess from the EPA's Atlantic Ecology Division, who has expertise in developing passive sampling techniques for organic pollutants. This project will allow Vivien to develop new tools for understanding mercury behavior, and will support the Dartmouth SRP and the EPA's goals of assessing environmental exposure to contaminants.

In the News

NHPR Reports on 50,000 Wells at Risk of High Arsenic, Negative Health Impacts and Treatment Solutions

Part 1: Arsenic Risks; Part 2: Treatment Solutions

Well Water for 80,000 New Hampshire Residents May Contain Metals Exceeding Human Health Standards

The United States Geological Survey released information today regarding a study showing three-in-ten well water samples from SE NH contained metals at concentrations exceeding the US EPA drinking water standards.
USGS Release; USGS Fact Sheet; NH DES Release

Watch Our New Movie!

Mercury: From Source to Seafood explains how mercury enters the seafood we eat, why eating low-mercury fish is important for good health, and the need to keep mercury out of the environment.

In Small Doses: Arsenic

WatchIn Small Doses: Arsenic and learn about the risks of exposure to arsenic in private well water.

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