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Joel D Blum is the JD MacArthur and AF Thurnau Professor and the GJ Keeler Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan. He obtained his BA from Case Western Reserve University, his MS from the University of Alaska, and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He was a Professor of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College for nine years before moving to the University of Michigan in 1999.

Professor Blum’s research focuses on the geochemistry, cosmochemistry and biogeochemistry of metals. Most recently he has focused on understanding the chemistry of mercury in aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric systems, in many cases utilizing mercury stable isotope methods developed in his laboratory.

Blum has published over 200 research articles and his work has been cited over 12000 times. He has served on numerous advisory panels for the NSF, NIH, DOE and NAS. He is a past editor of Chemical Geology and Elementa and the current editor of ACS Earth and Space Chemistry. He is a Fellow of the Geochemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America and the AAAS. In 2013 he won the Patterson Medal of the Geochemical Society for his work on mercury isotopes in the environment.

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