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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Timothy R. McDermott; Brian Bothner (co-chair)en
dc.contributor.authorAlowaifeer, Abdullah Mohammeden
dc.contributor.otherMasafumi Yoshinaga, Patricia E. Bigelow, Brian Bothner and Timothy R. McDermott were co-authors of the article, 'Biological cycling of arsenic and mercury in Yellowstone Lake' which is contained within this thesis.en
dc.contributor.otherQian Wang, Brian Bothner and Timothy R. McDermott were co-authors of the article, 'Examining the role of photoautotrophs contributing to glycine betaine, methylated amines and methane in oxic waters' which is contained within this thesis.en
dc.coverage.spatialYellowstone Lake (Wyo.)en
dc.description.abstractElemental cycling is a complex process that occurs abiotically and biotically. While abiotic cycling is well defined, biological cycling is more complex as it involves different microbes, animals and enzymes that govern its form and fate. In my project, I investigated the biological cycling of two of the most toxic elements known, arsenic and mercury. I examine their bioavailability, bioaccumulation and biomagnification in freshwater aquatic systems using Yellowstone Lake as a study model. In addtion, the sources and sinks of glycine betaine, an important aquatic metabolite that contributes to the carbon and nitrogen cycle, is investigated in Yellowstone Lake and three rivers located around the state of Montana. This research presented in this dissertation offers new insight on how arsenic and mercury cycle in aquatic systems and introduces a new hypothesis of the possible source of glycine betaine in freshwater ecosystem. Additionally, this project highlights a new and promising methodology to detect and quatify methylated amines in water samples.en
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.subject.lcshMass spectrometryen
dc.subject.lcshAquatic ecologyen
dc.titleThe application of mass spectrometry in environmental chemistry: investigating biological cycling of arsenic, mercury and glycine betaine in aquatic ecosystemsen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2019 by Abdullah Mohammed Alowaifeeren, Graduate Committee: Valerie Copie; Anthony Hartshorn; Catherine A. Zabinski.en

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