Brooke Hoppstock-Mattson

PhD Student

Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Faculty of Science

Brooke studies how inorganic chemicals move through the atmosphere and the hydrosphere by using once living organisms as a means of sampling the environment throughout time. In her work, she measures trace metals and lead (Pb) isotopes in biomonitors such as, bees/honey, Pacific chum, and bowhead whales. By sampling organisms in the environment, she can acquire large sample sizes that potentially represent the environment at various points in time. She is interested in how these measured environmental conditions impact human health and conservation. The scope of all three of her research projects centres on trace metals and their movement through the environment. 

Though her work as a primarily lab-based geologist is more accessible to some than field-based geology, she is very interested in making geology more accessible to all bodies. As COVID restriction lessen, she is hopeful about taking on an undergraduate team member that is interested in a mentored experience in the lab. She is also a volunteer for Skype A Scientist and have spoke with classrooms over the web about geology and my previous work in environmental remediation.

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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