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Amina Traore Schartup

  • PhD
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • 10Followers
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Research interests

Trace metal biogeochemistry

About

My childhood was spent principally in Azerbaijan and Mali. Like many former Soviet republics, Azerbaijan is facing enormous environmental challenges. Widespread oil pollution and the dumping of raw sewage into the Baku Bay give its beaches a peculiar odor. Like many African countries, Mali hosts various waterborne disease epidemics, to include cholera outbreaks, due to the lack of sewage systems and water treatment facilities as well as limited access to potable water. Although saddening, the experience of growing up in polluted countries sparked my interest in ecosystem management from a young age. As a result, I grew up wanting to play a role in maintaining a clean environment. This is how I ended up getting a BS in chemistry, working in a water treatment facility, obtaining a MS in water geochemistry and starting a PhD in chemical oceanography. The main focus of my doctoral research is how organic matter, that can be produced in Long Island Sound (LIS) or released by water treatment facilities into LIS affects the conversion of inorganic forms of mercury (least toxic) into organic forms (most toxic) that accumulate and magnify in the food chain. Human exposure to organic mercury occurs, mainly, through fish consumption. The EPA has documented disabilities associated with organic mercury exposure in utero including difficulty processing information and limited language, visual, and motor skills. Mercury is a serious health and ecological problem; in August 2009 the Associate Press reported that the US Geological Survey shows mercury contamination to be widespread and that about 1/4th of the fish tested exceeded levels recommended by the EPA for safe consumption. I hope that my work will shed some light on remediation required to provide healthy coastal environments for fish and people.

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Professional experience

Postdoctoral Researcher

Harvard School of Public Health

August 2012 - Present

Research assistant/ teaching assistant

University of Connecticut

August 2006 - August 2012(6 years)

RA/TA

University of Connecticut

August 2006 - August 2012(6 years)

Education

PhD. Oceanography

University of Connecticut

August 2006 - August 2012(6 years)

M.S. Geochemistry

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

September 2004 - July 2006(2 years)

B.S. Chemistry

Université de Paris 05 - Université René Descartes

October 2001 - July 2004(3 years)