Atmospheric Toxics Webinar Series

Over the last six years, the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), under funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and in cooperation with the eight Great Lakes states, has awarded research grants dealing with atmospheric toxic pollutants affecting the Great Lakes and their tributary watersheds. Thirty-five research grants have been awarded since 2004 addressing a diverse array of research concerning atmospheric pollutant loadings and movement within the basin and the associated impacts of numerous persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals on wildlife and human health. A substantial amount of new scientific knowledge has been attained through these research activities. The GLAD webinar series is intended to provide a forum for GLAD Principal Investigators (PIs) to disseminate information on their respective research activities, including specific findings, recommended follow-up actions, and potential public policy actions to foster elimination of PBT threats to the region.


  • Mercury research synthesis
  • Human and wildlife contaminant exposure & effects
  • Contaminant fate, transport, and loadings to the Great Lakes
  • Emissions from outdoor wood fired boilers & agricultural plastic incineration
  • Emerging contaminants

Webinar Schedule:

1. Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 10am-12pm (ET)

Great Lakes Mercury Research Synthesis

2. Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 2pm-4pm (ET)

Sources of Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs)

3. Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 2pm-4pm (ET)

Multimedia monitoring

4. Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 10am-12pm (ET)

Multimedia models

5. Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 10am-12pm (ET)

PBT measurement techniques

6. Thursday, February 3, 2011, 2pm-4pm (ET)

Fate of mercury in the Great Lakes environments

7. Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 10am-12pm (ET)

PBT effects on humans & wildlife

  • Assessment of health outcomes among a cohort of frequent and infrequent consumers of Great Lakes Fish (Lynda Knobeloch, Ph.D.) – Presentation [pdf | 3.1 mb]
  • Neurochemical biomarkers to assess effects of toxic substances on wildlife in the Great Lakes region (Nil Basu, Ph.D.) – Presentation [pdf | 3.9 mb]

8. Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10am-12pm (ET)

Emissions from outdoor wood fired boilers and agricultural plastic incineration