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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina
Biogeochemistry of mercury and other trace elements in aquatic systems and the influence of atmospheric deposition on the cycling of mercury and trace elements in these system, the use of near-neutral electrolyzed water (EOW) solutions in pre and post-harvest food safety applications for the control of fungi and bacteria on fruits, vegetables and row crops
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Jane L. Guentzel, associate professor of marine chemistry, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 1998. She obtained Bachelor's degrees in biology and secondary science and mathematics education from Florida State University in 1989 and a Doctorate degree in Chemical Oceanography from Florida State University in 1997.
Guentzel has conducted mercury research in South Carolina, Mexico and Florida. While working in Florida her studies focused on quantifying the atmospheric loading of mercury to the Everglades and determining contributions from local versus global sources. Her current studies in South Carolina and Mexico focus on the geochemical cycling of mercury in salt water lagoons, salt marshes and coastal flood plain rivers. Her paper, titled "Mercury Transport and Bioaccumulation in Riverbank Communities of the Alvarado Lagoon System, Veracruz State, Mexico," appeared in the December 2007 issue of Science of the Total Environment. Her most recent paper titled "Wetland Influences on Mercury Transport and Bioaccumulation in South Carolina" has been accepted for publication and is scheduled to appear in a forthcoming issue of Science of the Total Environment. Guentzel is also conducting studies on the antimicrobial and antifungal effects of electrolyzed dilute salt solutions. Her publication titled "Reduction of Bacteria on Spinach, Lettuce, and Surfaces in Food Service Areas Using Neutral Electrolyzed Oxidizing Water," appeared in the February 2008 issue of Food Microbiology.
She has authored or co-authored 15 publications in peer-reviewed journals and serves as a reviewer for numerous national and international journals and funding agencies. She has been appointed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership to serve on the marine chemistry technical advisory panel for the 2009 National Ocean Sciences Bowl.
Her areas of expertise include the biogeochemistry of mercury and other trace elements in aquatic systems and the influence of atmospheric deposition on the cycling of mercury and trace elements in these systems; as well as the use of near-neutral electrolyzed water (EOW) solutions in pre and post-harvest food safety applications for the control of fungi and bacteria on fruits, vegetables and row crops.