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Elizabeth Malcolm

Elizabeth Malcolm

Professor of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Director of Sustainability

Degrees Held

B.A., Earlham College
M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Office Location: 226 Greer Environmental Sciences Center
Phone: 757-233-8751
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Environmental Studies

Elizabeth Malcolm received her B.A. in Environmental Science from Earlham College and her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. Before joining the faculty at Virginia Wesleyan, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Department of Geosciences. Her research focuses on the environmental transport and chemistry of trace metal pollution, particularly mercury. Several undergraduate students have conducted research in Dr. Malcolm’s laboratory on projects such as the role of sea spray in mercury cycling, the impact of vegetated green roofs on runoff pollution, and the level of mercury in dolphins in Virginia. Dr. Malcolm teaches courses in meteorology, atmospheric science, climatology, and environmental chemistry.

Malcolm, E.G., Schaus, M.H., Reese, M.L., Ozmon, I.M., Tran, L.M. 2014. Measurements of nutrients and mercury in green roof and gravel roof runoff. Ecological Engineering, 73:705-712.

Malcolm, E.G. 2011. Human impacts on Earth’s natural mercury cycle, in “Mercury Pollution: A Transdisciplinary Treatment”, Zuber, S.L., and Newman, M.C., eds., CRC Press.

Malcolm, E.G., Ford, A., Redding, T., Richardson, M., Strain, B.M., Tetzner, S. 2010. Experimental investigation of the scavenging of gaseous mercury by sea-salt aerosol, Atmospheric Chemistry, 2010, 63:221-234.

Malcolm, E.G., Schaefer, J.K., Ekstrom, E.B., Tuit, C.B., Jayakumar, A.D., Park, H., Ward, B.B., Morel, F.M.M. 2010. Mercury methylation in oxygen deficient zones of the oceans: No evidence for the predominance of anaerobes. Marine Chemistry. 122:11-19.

Malcolm, E.G., Keeler, G.J. 2007. Evidence for a sampling artifact for particulate-phase mercury in the marine atmosphere. Atmospheric Environment 41:3352-3359.

Morel, F.M.M. and Malcolm, E.G. 2005. The Biogeochemistry of Cadmium, in "Biogeochemical Cycles of the Elements", Vol. 43 of Metal Ions Biological Systems, A. Sigel, H. Sigel, and R. K. O. Sigel, eds., M. Dekker, New York.

Kraepiel, A.M.L., Keller, K., Chin, H.B., Malcolm, E.G., Morel, F.M.M. 2003. Sources and variations of mercury in tuna. Environmental Science and Technology 37:5551-5558.

Malcolm, E.G., Keeler, G.J. Landis, M.S. 2003. The effects of the coastal environment on the atmospheric mercury cycle. Journal of Geophysical Research 108 (D12), art. no. 4357.

Malcolm, E.G., Keeler, G.J., Lawson, S.T., Scherbatskoy, T.D. 2003. Mercury and trace elements in cloud water and precipitation collected on Mt. Mansfield, Vermont. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 5:584-590.

Lawson, S.T., Scherbatskoy, T.D., Malcolm, E.G., Keeler, G.J. 2003. Cloud water deposition and throughfall chemistry in a high elevation spruce-fir forest at Mt. Mansfield, Vermont. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 5:578-583.

Malcolm, E.G., Keeler, G.J. 2002. Measurements of mercury in dew: Atmospheric removal of mercury species to a water surface. Environmental Science and Technology 36:2815-2821.


Exploring Sustainability in Alaska
Students in Summer Session Environmental Studies course travel north to study climate change and more

Researching the Mystery of Mercury
Dr. Elizabeth Malcolm is the sixth recipient of the Frank and Jane P. Batten Distinguished Scholar Award.

Meet the Faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Malcolm
Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science has much to celebrate, including a new family member and a series of recent publications