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Mark Sandheinrich

Office hoursListed on course syllabus or by appointment
Specialty area(s)Aquatic toxicology, fish ecology
Brief biographyMark Sandheinrich, PhD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology and Director of the River Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He earned a PhD and MS in Fisheries Biology from Iowa State University and a BS in Ecology, Ethology & Evolution from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has 30 years of experience and more than 40 publications on aquatic ecology and on the effects of contaminants in aquatic systems. He and his students currently conduct research on (1) the bioaccumulation, maternal transfer, and reproductive effects of methylmercury exposure in fish; (2) bioaccumulation of methylmercury in aquatic food webs and (3) identification of controls on ecosystem sensitivity to mercury in atmospheric deposition. Dr. Sandheinrich recently served as an invited participant in the Great Lakes Mercury Project – a large, regionally based science synthesis of mercury across the Great Lakes basin funded by the Great Lakes Air Deposition Program. He also was an invited Expert Panelist on effects of methylmercury on fish, birds, and wildlife for the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant and a Guest Editor for a special issue of the journal Ecotoxicology on the effects of methyl mercury on wildlife.
Current courses at UW-LCommunication in the Biological Sciences
Environmental Toxicology
General Biology
Research and publishingRepresentative recent publications:

Haro, R. J., S. W. Bailey, R. M. Northwick, K.R. Rolfhus, M. B. Sandheinrich, and J. G. Wiener. 2013. Burrowing dragonfly larvae as biosentinels of methylmercury in freshwater food webs..Environmental Science & Technololgy 47:8148-8156

Wiener, G. J., M. B. Sandheinrich, S. Bhavsar, J. R. Bohr, D. C. Evers, B. A. Monson, and C. S. Schrank. 2012. Toxicological significance of mercury in yellow perch in the Laurentian Great Lakes region. Environmental Pollution 161:350-357.

Sandheinrich, M. B., and J. G. Wiener. 2011. Methylmercury in freshwater fish: Recent advances in assessing toxicity of environmentally relevant exposures. Pages 170-190 in Beyer, W. N., and J. P. Meador (editors), Environmental Contaminants in Biota: Interpreting Tissue Concentrations, 2nd edition. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, Florida.

Sandheinrich, M. B., R. A. Bodaly, S. P. Bhavsar, P. E. Drevnick, and E. A. Paul. 2011. Ecological risk of methylmercury to piscivorous fish of the Great Lakes region. Ecotoxicology 20:1577-1587.

Wiener, J. G., and M. B. Sandheinrich. 2010. Contaminants in the Upper Mississippi River: Historic trends, responses to regulatory controls, and emerging concerns. Hydrobiologia 640:49-70.
EducationPh.D. Iowa State University, 1988
Major: Fisheries Biology/Aquatic Toxicology
Minor: Statistics

M.S. Iowa State University, 1982
Major: Fisheries Biology

B.S. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1980
Major: Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution