Mae Gustin

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Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 186
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-4203
Lab: 784-4722

Fax: 784-4789

Cell: 230-0396

Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 126
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B.S. 1979 Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
M.S. 1983 University of NC, Chapel Hill
Ph.D. 1988 University of Arizona


My primary research interests are the study of the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. My recent work focuses primarily on the environmental fate of mercury and arsenic. Specific research topics include investigation of natural sources of atmospheric mercury, the role of plants in biogeochemical cycling of mercury, mercury pollution in the Steamboat Creek- Truckee River Watershed, arsenic in the Humboldt River and in ground waters in Fallon, NV. I have also investigated the fate of trifluoroacetic acid and organophosphate pesticides. I am especially interested in the role that atmosphere and vegetation play as sources, sinks and pathways for the cycling of environmental contaminants.


Pierce, A., Gustin, M. S., Christensen, J 2018, Use of multiple tools including lead isotopes to decipher sources of ozone and reactive mercury to urban and rural locations in Nevada, USA, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 615, 15 February 2018, Pages 1411-1427
McCarthy, D., Edwards, G., Gustin, M. S., Care, A., Miller, M., Sumna, A. 2017, An innovative approach to bioremediation of mercury contaminated soils from industrial mining operations., Chemosphere, 184, 694-699.
Arnold, J., Gustin, M. S., Weisberg, P. J. 2017, Evidence for nonstomatal uptake of Hg by aspen and translocation of Hg from foliage to tree rings in Austrian pine., Environmental Science and Technology.
Pierce, A., Gustin, M. S. 2016, Development of a Particulate Mass Measurement System for Quantification of Ambient Reactive Mercury, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2017, 51 (1), pp 436–445
Gustin, M. S., Pierce, A., Huang, J., Miller, M., Heather, H., Loria-Salazar, M. 2016, Evidence for different reactive Hg sources and chemical compounds at adjacent valley and high elevation locations., Environmental Science and Technology, 50, 12225-12231
Peacock, M. M., Gustin, M. S., Pizzaro-Barraza, C., Kirchoff, V., Robinson, M. L., Loux, T. 2016, Native non-game fishes in the Truckee River: Are barriers and patterns of genetic structure related?, Science of the Total Environment, 563-564, 221-236
Gustin, M. S., Evers, D., Bank, M., Hammerschmidt, C., Pierce, A., Basu, N., Blum, J., Bustamante, P., Chen, C., Driscoll, C., Horvat, M., Jaffe, D., Pacyna, J., Pirrone, N., Selin, N. 2016, Viewpoint: Importance of integration and implementation of emerging and future mercury research into the Minamata Convention., Environmental Science and Technology, 50(6), 2767-2730
Miller, M.B., Gustin, M.S. 2015, Gas-exchange chamber analysis of elemental mercury deposition/emission,, Chemosphere, 131: 209-216.
VanCuren R , Gustin M.S. 2015, Identification of sources contributing to PM2.5 and ozone at Great Basin National Park, Nevada, US, Science of the Total Environment 530-531: 505-518 doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.091
Gustin, M. S. , Amos, H. A, Huang, J., Miller, M.B., Heidecorn 2015, Measuring and modeling mercury in the atmosphere: A critical review, Invited paper- Special Issue of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics., Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, 15: 5697-2015. doi: 10.5194/acp-15-5697-2015.
Gustin M.S. , Fine R., Miller M.B., Jaffe D.A., Burley J. 2015, The Nevada Rural Ozone Initiative (NVROI): Insights to Understanding Air Pollution in Complex Terrain, Science of the Total Environment 530-531: 453-454 doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015,03.046.
Huang J., Lyman S.N., Stamenkovic Hartman J., Gustin M.S. 2014, A review of Passive sampling systems for ambient air mercury measurements, Invited paper for Special Issue on Research and Technology Development at the Leading Edge of the Field of Passive Sampling Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 16, 374-392
Wright, G., Woodward, C., Peri, L., Weisberg, P., Gustin, M. S. 2014, Application of tree rings [dendrochemistry] for detecting historical trends in air Hg concentrations across multiple scales, Biogeochemistry120:149-12
Briggs, C., Gustin, M. S. 2013, Building upon the conceptual model for soil mercury flux: Evidence of a link between moisture evaporation and Hg evasion., Water Air Soil Pollution, 224, 1744.
Huang, J., Miller, M., Weiss-Penzias, P., Gustin, M. S. 2013, Comparison of Reactive Mercury Measurements Made with KCl-coated Denuders, Nylon Membranes, and Cation Exchange Membranes., Environmental Science and Technology, 47, 7307-7316.
Gustin, M. S., Huang, J., Miller, M., Peterson, C., Jaffe, D., Ambrose, J., Finley, B., Lyman, S., Call, K., Talbot, R., Feddersen, D., Mao, H., Lindberg, S. 2013, Do We Understand What the Mercury Speciation Instruments Are Actually Measuring? Results of RAMIX., Environmental Science and Technology, January 10, 2013 DOI 10.1021/es3039104
Wright, G., Weiss-Penzias, P., Gustin, M. S 2013, nvestigation of mercury deposition and potential sources at six sites from the Pacific Coast to the Great Basin,USA., Science of the Total Environment, 470-471C, 1099-1113.
Miller, M., Gustin, M. S. 2013, Testing and modeling the influence of reclamation and control methods for reducing non-point mercury emissions associated with industrial open pit gold mines, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Huang, J., Gustin, M. S. 2012, Evidence for a Free Troposphere Source of Mercury in Wet Deposition in the Western United States., Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 6621-6629
Gustin MS, Weiss-Penzias PS, Peterson C. 2012, Investigating sources of gaseous oxidized mercury in dry deposition at three sites across Florida, USA., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 2012; 12: 9201-9219
Jew, Adam; Kim, Christopher; Rytuba, James; Gustin, Mae; Brown, Gordon 2011, A New Technique for Quantification of Elemental Hg in Mine Wastes and Its Implications for Mercury Evasion Into the Atmosphere, Environmental Science and Technology 45 (2) 412-417.
Eckley CS, Gustin M, Miller MB, Marsik F. 2011, Measurement of surface mercury fluxes at active industrial gold mines in Nevada (USA), The Science of the Total Environment 409 514-522
Eckley CS, Gustin M, Miller MB, Marsik F. 2011, Nonpoint source Hg emissions from active industrial gold mines-influential variables and annual emission estimates., Environmental Science and Technology 45 (2) 392-399
Lyman, S., Gustin, M. S., Prestbo, E. 2010, Development and use of passive samplers for determining reactive gaseous mercury concentrations., Atmospheric Environment, 44, 246-252.
Gustin, M. S., Ladwig, K. 2010, Laboratory investigation of Hg release from flue gas desulfurization products., Environmental Science and Technology, 44, 4012-4018
Gustin, M. S. 2010, Measurement-Based Models for Estimating Mercury Flux from Soils., Environmental Science and Technology, 44, 8522-8588.
Gustin, M. S., Jaffe, D. 2010, Reducing the uncertainty in measurement and understanding of mercury in the atmosphere., Environmental Science and Technology-News Feature, 44, 2222-2227.
Eckley, C., Gustin, M. S., Lin, J., Li, X., Miller, M. 2010, The influence of dynamic chamber design and operating parameters on calculated surface-to-air mercury fluxes Atmospheric Environment., Atmospheric Environment, 44, 194-203.
Peterson, C., Gustin, M. S., Lyman, S. N. 2009, Atmospheric mercury concentrations and air speciation measured from 2004 to 2007 in Reno, NV, USA., Atmospheric Environment, 43, 4646-4654.
Stamenkovic, J., Gustin, M. S. 2009, Non-stomatal versus stomatal foliar mercury exchange, Environmental Science and Technology, 43, 1367-1372..
Gustin, M. S., Weisberg, P. J., Lindberg, S. 2008, An update on our understand of the role of natural sources and sinks in the biogeochemical cycle of Hg, Applied Geochemistry, 23, 482-493
Gustin, M. S., Ericksen, J., Fernandez, G. C 2008, Determination of the potential for release of mercury from combustion product amended soils –I. Simulations of beneficial use, Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 58, 673-683.
Book or Chapter(s) in Books
Gustin, M.S. 2011, Exchange of Mercury between the Atmosphere and Terrestrial Ecosystems, Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology of Mercury Guangliang Liu, Prof. Yong Cai and Prof. Nelson O’Driscoll eds. John Wiley and Sons.