Sara Pedro

Doctoral Student

Office: Klinck 101
Advisor: Melissa McKinney

Research Interests:

I am mostly interested on the impacts of environmental anthropogenic contamination in the poles, in an ecological perspective. My research intends to explore how the increase in temperature and decrease in sea ice cover in the Arctic is affecting contaminant pathways in different regions, through changes in fish biodiversity. And also how these changes may affect marine mammals contaminant burdens and nutritional needs. 

Previously, I studied mercury levels in penguins from the Antarctic, monitoring mercury levels in their feathers and investigating the relationship of this contaminant with different factors (diet, sex and weight).

I think studying the poles is so fascinating because these regions are still considered pristine, even knowing that anthropogenic contamination is of serious concern. These remote areas can therefore raise the alert on the extent of human impacts on the environment.