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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
November 28, 2014

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Rachael Diamond sucessful thesis defense

May 1/12

On April 23 Rachael Diamond successfully defended her thesis entitled "Characterizing Dissolved Organic Matter and Cu2+, Zn2+, Ni2+, and Pb2+ Binding in Salt Water and Implications for Toxicity". In her research Rachael was able to demonstrate a direct link between speciation of lead and toxicity to mussel larvae. In particular, she showed that as dissolved organic carbon concentration increases in salt water the binding capacity for metal does not necessarily increase. This result has very large implications for predictive bioavailability models such as the Biotic Ligand Model (BLM).

Rachael's research was funded by NSERC, ILZRO, IZA, ICA, CDA, NiPERA, Teck Resources, Vale and Xstrata Zinc.

Great work Rachael !

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