Sherri A. “Sam” Mason, Ph.D.

Director, Sustainability
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27 Hammermill
ERIE PA 16563

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    Research Interests

    Freshwater plastic pollution


    Spatial Distribution of Microplastics in Surficial Benthic Sediment of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - 2021
    Collaborators: Peter Lenaker, Author; Steven Corsi, Author

    Distribution, abundance and spatial variability of microplastic pollution on the surface of Lake Superior, Journal of Great Lakes Research - August, 2021
    Collaborators: Kara Cox, Author; Emily Brocious, Author; Simon Courtenay, Author; Mark Vinson, Author

    Science-Based Solutions to Plastic Pollution, ONE EARTH - 2020
    Collaborators: Tamara Galloway, Author; Marcus Haward, Author; Joshua Babayemi, Author; Britta Hardesty, Author; Stefan Krause, Author; Joleah Lamb, Author; Ivan Hinojosa, Author; Alice Horton, Author

    High levels of pelagic plastic pollution within the surface waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, Journal of Great Lakes Research - April, 2020
    Collaborators: Juliette Daily, Author; Ghadah Aleid, Author; Rachel Ricotta, Author; Morgan Smith, Author; Katie Donnelly, Author; Rebecca Knauff, Author; William Edwards, Author; Matthew Hoffman, Author

    Plastics, Plastics Everywhere, AMERICAN SCIENTIST - 2019

    Vertical Distribution of Microplastics in the Water Column and Surficial Sediment from the Milwaukee River Basin to Lake Michigan, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - 2019
    Collaborators: Peter Lenaker, Author; Austin Baldwin, Author; Steven Corsi, Author; Paul Reneau, Author; John Scott, Author

    Anthropogenic contamination of tap water, beer, and sea salt, PLOS ONE - 2018
    Collaborators: Mary Kosuth, Author; Elizabeth Wattenberg, Author

    Microplastic in riverine fish is connected to species traits, Scientific Reports - 2018
    Collaborators: Rachel McNeish; L Kim; Heather Barrett; Tim Hoellein; John Kelly

    Synthetic Polymer Contamination in Bottled Water, FRONTIERS IN CHEMISTRY - 2018
    Collaborators: Victoria Welch, Author; Joseph Neratko, Author

    Determination of the gut retention of plastic microbeads and microfibers in goldfish (Carassius auratus), CHEMOSPHERE - 2017
    Collaborators: Stefan Grigorakis, Author; Ken Drouillard, Author

    The occurrence of microplastic contamination in littoral sediments of the Persian Gulf, Iran, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH - 2017
    Collaborators: Abolfazl Naji, Author; Zinat Esmaili, Author; A. Vethaak, Author

    Microplastic contamination in the San Francisco Bay, California, USA, MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN - 2016
    Collaborators: Rebecca Sutton, Author; Shavonne Stanek, Author; Ellen Willis-Norton, Author; Ian Wren, Author; Carolynn Box, Author

    Microplastic pollution is widely detected in US municipal wastewater treatment plant effluent, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION - 2016
    Collaborators: Danielle Garneau, Author; Rebecca Sutton, Author; Yvonne Chu, Author; Karyn Ehmann, Author; Jason Barnes, Author; Parker Fink, Author; Daniel Papazissimos, Author; Darrin Rogers, Author

    Plastic Debris in 29 Great Lakes Tributaries: Relations to Watershed Attributes and Hydrology, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - 2016
    Collaborators: Austin Baldwin, Author; Steven Corsi, Author

    Pelagic plastic pollution within the surface waters of Lake Michigan, USA, Journal of Great Lakes Research - August, 2016
    Collaborators: Laura Kammin, Author; Marcus Eriksen, Author; Ghadah Aleid, Author; Stiv Wilson, Author; Carolyn Box, Author; Nick Williamson, Author; Anjanette Riley, Author

    High-levels of microplastic pollution in a large, remote, mountain lake, MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN - 2014
    Collaborators: Christopher Free, Author; Olaf Jensen, Author; Marcus Eriksen, Author; Nicholas Williamson, Author; Bazartseren Boldgiv, Author

    Microplastic is an Abundant and Distinct Microbial Habitat in an Urban River, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - 2014
    Collaborators: Amanda McCormick, Author; Timothy Hoellein, Author; Joseph Schluep, Author; John Kelly, Author

    Microplastic pollution in the surface waters of the Laurentian Great Lakes, MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN - 2013
    Collaborators: Marcus Eriksen, Author; Stiv Wilson, Author; Carolyn Box, Author; Ann Zellers, Author; William Edwards, Author; Hannah Farley, Author; Stephen Amato, Author

    Kinetics and Products of the OH Radical-Initiated Reaction of 1,4-Butanediol and Rate Constants for the Reactions of OH Radicals with 4-Hydroxybutanal and 3-Hydroxypropanal, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - 2010
    Collaborators: Janet Arey, Author; Roger Atkinson, Author

    Rate Constants for the Gas-Phase Reactions of NO3 Radicals and O-3 with C-6-C-14 1-Alkenes and 2-Methyl-1-alkenes at 296 +/- 2 K, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A - 2009
    Collaborators: Janet Arey, Author; Roger Atkinson, Author

    Intercomparison of two box models of the chemical evolution in biomass-burning smoke plumes, JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY - 2006
    Collaborators: Joerg Trentmann, Author; Tanja Winterrath, Author; Robert Yokelson, Author; Theodore Christian, Author; Lisa Carlson, Author; Thomas Warner, Author; Louise Wolfe, Author; Meinrat Andreae, Author

    An Analysis of the Chemical Processes in the Smoke Plume from a Savanna Fire, Journal of Geophysical Research - 2005
    Collaborators: J Trentmann; Robert Yokelson; P Hobbs; T Winterrath; T Christian; M Andreae

    Complex Effects Arising in Smoke Plume Simulations due to Inclusion of Direct Emissions of Oxygenated Organic Species from Biomass Combustion, Journal of Geophysical Research - 2001


    Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph. D.), Physical Chemistry, University of Montana

    Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Chemistry, University of Texas