Overview of Environmental work at IAEA Marine Environmental Study Laboratory


Dr Sylvia Sander is currently the section head of the IAEA Marine Environmental Study Laboratory (MESL), part of the Nuclear Applications Environment Laboratories in Monaco. The Environment Laboratories are using nuclear and isotopic techniques to understand and propose mitigation strategies and tools for the environmental impacts of radionuclides, trace elements and organic contaminants, as well as climate change, habitat destruction and biodiversity loss. MESL specifically assists IAEA Member States in monitoring the health of their marine environment and measuring pollutants including mercury and other toxic trace elements, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and petroleum hydrocarbons. An overview of the work of the Environment Laboratories will be given.


Ms Sander is also an honorary Research Associate Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand where she had set up a research group for marine trace element biogeochemistry, with focus on trace element speciation and bioavailability between 2001 and 2017 before joining the IAEA. Ongoing research incudes trace metal studies in hydrothermal vent systems as sources and sinks of trace elements and as natural laboratories for future climate scenarios.  


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