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.


March 24 NH Water & Watershed Conference

Dartmouth Superfund Program Community Engagement Coordinator Kathrin Lawlor and Trace Element Analysis Research Scientist Vivien Taylor are presenting at the March 24, 2017 NH Water & Watershed Conference at Plymouth State University. Kathrin will be speaking on "Arsenic in Private Well Water: Engaging a variety of stakeholders to create lasting change" and Vivien will be presenting on "Controls and Impacts of Mercury in Watersheds in the Northeast". For more information and to register.

SRP Training/Regional Meeting in April

On April 4 and 5, 2017 a Superfund Research Program (SRP) Training/Regional Meeting will be held at Northeastern University in Boston. Attendees will include representatives from Dartmouth, BU, Northeastern, Brown and Columbia SRP programs.

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What's New

Concord Monitor Cites Dartmouth Superfund Program Work

An article in the Concord Monitor cites work by the Dartmouth Superfund Program, in cooperation with our stakeholders, to inform and educate private well owners about the need to test and treat their wells, as well our CEC (Community Engagement Core) and RTC (Research Translation Core) work to survey private well owners and test interventions. The article also mentions our new website, Arsenic and You.

ARSENIC AND YOU New Website Launched!

Arsenic and You, the first website to provide comprehensive information on arsenic in food, water and other sources serves as a centralized web-based information resource for families, caregivers and vulnerable populations. The site is designed to be easily accessed on mobile devices for access anywhere at any time.

AAAS 2017 Arsenic in Food Session Big Success!

Sixty people attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science session, Arsenic in Food: From Soil to Plate to Policy. Mary Lou Guerinot was the session organizer and Margaret Karagas, David Salt and Keeve Nachman were the presenters. A story in Science Magazine provides a great summary.

Margaret Karagas Quoted on Importance of Reducing Arsenic Exposure in Food

Superfund Program researcher Margaret Karagas is quoted in Health on the importance of reducing consumers' exposure to arsenic in food. She mentions the strategies of “testing private wells for arsenic and eating a diverse diet" in addition to soaking rice and cooking it in extra water.

Celia Chen and Shannon Rogers Awarded U.S. EPA Grant

Celia Chen and Shannon Rogers are part of an interdisciplinary team of investigators including Rich Howarth, Professor and Chair of Dartmouth's Environmental Studies Program, who recently received a $797,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the way changes in land and water use are affecting the Great Bay watershed in southeastern New Hampshire.

Paper Selected as one of NIEHS Top 25 for 2016

A paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives and led by Diane Gilbert-Dimond, Ph.D., highlighting the effects of low arsenic levels during pregnancy and fetal growth was selected by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as one of the top 25 papers for 2016.

7th Annual Dragonfly Project Student Poster Session

The Dartmouth SRP hosted 170 students and their families from four regional high schools for an evening event at the Top of the Hop, to present posters on their research on mercury in dragonfly larvae, an ongoing citizen science project. Steve Faccio, Cofounder and Conservation Biologist, The VT Center for Ecostudies, was the keynote speaker.

NIEHS Fest a Big Success

This year the national Superfund Research Program Annual meeting was held as part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 50th anniversary celebration, the Environmental Health Science FEST. Over 900 grantees and others attended and the Dartmouth SRP was well-represented. Talks were given by Bruce Stanton, Mary Lou Guerinot and Kate Buckman and trainees and the CEC and RTC presented multiple posters.

Latest Papers

Paper Published on Maternal Arsenic Exposure and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

The paper Maternal Arsenic Exposure and Gestational Diabetes and Glucose Intolerance in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study by Dartmouth Superfund Program Researcher Dr. Margaret Karagas and former Superfund Program Trainee Dr. Shohreh Farzan studies the relationship between arsenic exposure from water in private wells and GDM (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus). The findings are published in the journal Environmental Health.

Dartmouth Researchers Study Arsenic Concentrations in Seaweed

New research published in Chemosphere found the presence of high concentrations of inorganic arsenic in samples of seaweed. The paper, written by Brian Jackson and Vivien Taylor, concluded that the findings warranted further monitoring due to the increasing popularity of seaweed and its use in agriculture and livestock farming.

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Latest News

NEW!! Trainee Spotlight: Britton Goodale, Ph.D.

NEW!! Trainee Spotlight: Heng-Hsuan Chu, Ph.D.

Read more about our Dartmouth Superfund Program Trainees.

Well Water Community Action Toolkit

The Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to help communities ensure the safety of private well water.

Mercury: From Source to Seafood

WATCH Mercury: From Source to Seafood to learn how mercury enters the seafood we eat, why eating low-mercury fish is important for good health, and how 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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