Events & Media


Student-sponsored Speaker

"Calculating the Price of Amazon Gold: Illegal Gold Mining,
Mercury Contamination and Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon"

Luis Fernandez
Research Associate, the Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology
Director, Carnegie Amazon Mercury Ecosystem Project

Thursday, May 22, 2014
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"The scope and intensity of the mercury pollution in Madre de Dios is greater than previously thought adn may represent a serious environmental and public health problem. Luis Fernandez's work allows him to shine a bright light on the situation." — Adam Kreger, student host

In his presentation, Luis Fernandez will discuss the dynamics that have made artisanal gold mining both the primary driver of deforestation in the Western Amazon and the number-one source of anthropogenic mercury in the world today, and its effects on forest, wildlife and humans in the Amazon region.

Luis E. Fernandez is a tropical ecologist at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, and is the director of the Carnegie Amazon Mercury Project (CAMEP), a multi-institution research initiative that examines the impacts of artisanal gold mining, mercury contamination and deforestation on natural and human ecosystems in the Madre De Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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