Pam is a postdoctoral researcher with the Hydro-biogeochemistry group investigating arsenic cycling in contaminated urban lakes in western Washington. She received a PhD in chemical oceanography from the University of Washington in 2015 where she studied the role of particles in marine trace metal biogeochemistry. Prior to graduate school, Pam taught high school chemistry, physics, and biology in the Oakland Unified school District. Pam completed her undergraduate work at the University of Rochester, earning a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in political science. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, reading, and dance and is learning to sail.
Rachel is a postdoctoral researcher working on the fine-scale dynamics of mercury methylation and demethylation in the rice rhizosphere. Rice has relatively recently been identified as a significant dietary source of the more bioavailable and toxic methylated form of mercury, making this work significant to global public health. She completed her PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Toronto, Ontario, where she investigate multiple aspects of methylmercury production, distribution, and trophic transfer in managed wetlands. Rachel completed her B.Sc. at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, followed by an MSc in Plant Ecology at the University of Helsinki in Finland. When away from the lab, Rachel enjoys traditional crafts, running, and exploring the natural heritage of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and young son.