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mailto:pganguli@uci.edu    I am an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the University of California (UC) Irvine (Mackey Lab) and UC Santa Cruz (Lamborg Lab) where I study the transport and fate of mercury in the environment. I am developing a project to investigate the biological uptake of mercury in response to phytoplankton bloom and die-off cycles in coastal lagoon systems. Phytoplankton are the entry point for mercury in aquatic food webs, and subsequent mercury accumulation in fish is the primary route of human exposure. Prior to my current position, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI; 2014-2015) where I studied mercury transport and biogeochemical cycling in saltmarsh systems. That project is part of a US Geological Survey (USGS) effort to assess climate change impacts on carbon storage in coastal environments.  In addition to my academic background, I gained valuable experience working as a geologist at the San Francisco Bay Water Board where I was involved in large-scale mine site and wetland remediation projects, as well as groundwater cleanup at industrial sites (e.g., refineries, landfills). I am drawn to multidisciplinary projects and my research campaigns provide diverse opportunities for student involvement
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