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James Hurley

James Hurley

Expert on mercury contamination in the environment, particularly in the Great Lakes, northern Wisconsin lakes and the Everglades.

Professor, civil and environmental engineering; director, UW Sea Grant; director, UW Water Resources Institute College of Engineering Work: 608-262-0905 Home page Twitter: @JimHurley8


  • Climate change
  • Great Lakes and coastal ecosystems
  • Groundwater flow, contamination and quantity
  • Mercury as a pollutant.


  • University of Wisconsin System Representative, Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council
  • Observer, 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Co-organizer, 2006 8th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.
  • Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, which developed a risk assessment for U.S. mercury emissions.