A research team from the College of Staten Island led by Dr. William G. Wallace and Sea Grant Scholar Daisuke Goto looked at how metals move up the trophic levels of a food chain in a cover story entitled “Heavy Metal in the Food Chain” from the Spring 2011 issue of New York Coastlines, a publication of New York Sea Grant.

Dr. Wallace is Associate Professor of Biology at The City University of New York’s College of Staten Island.

EXCERPT: Cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, silver, zinc: all are metals that have a place in our industrialized world. But they also can be toxic to the living things of our air, land and sea…particularly when they occur in concentrations typical of urban environments like New York City.  Read more from New York Coastlines>