Frank Black
Frank Black
Associate Professor
B.A. Dartmouth College
Ph.D. University of California - Santa Cruz

Areas of Experience

  • Environmental biogeochemistry of trace metals
  • About Frank Black


    2008     Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
    2000     B.A. Dartmouth College


    2009-2011     Post-Doctoral Scholar, Geosciences Department, Princeton University
    2008-2009     Fulbright Scholar/Visiting Researcher, Okavango Research Centre, University of Botswana
    2003-2008     Teaching and Research Assistant, Environmental Toxicology Department, UC Santa Cruz
    2003              Research Assistant, Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG)
    1999-2000     Research Assistant, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
    1998-1999     Research Assistant, Sandia National Laboratories, Geochemistry and Hydrology Departments


    2016-2017    National Science Foundation RAPID grant  ($99,900)
    2016-2017    Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Great Salt Lake Research Grant ($15,500)
    2015-2016    Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Great Salt Lake Research Grant (Sub-award: $15,000)
    2014-2015    Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Great Salt Lake Research Grant ($17,500)
    2014-2015    National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant  (ICP-MS aquisition: $245,300)
    2014-2015    iUtah Research Catalyst Grant ($20,000)
    2013-2014    Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Great Salt Lake Research Grant (Sub-award: $29,800)
    2012-2013    Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Great Salt Lake Research Grant ($34,400)
    2012-2013     Myriad Excellence in Research and Learning Leadership Award ($20,000)
    2010-2011     National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellowship ($170,000)
    2008-2009     Fulbright Grant
    2008-2009     California Sea Grant Program Development Grant
    2007-2008     UC Santa Cruz President's Dissertation Year Fellowship
    2007               STEPS Institute Graduate Research Award
    2006               Dr. Earl Myers and Ethel Myers Oceanographic Trust Graduate Student Grant
    2006               Goldschmidt Conference NSF/Geochemical Society Travel Grant
    2005-2006      Packard Endowment for Ocean Sciences and Technology Research Grant
    2005               Center for Dynamics and Evolution of the Land Sea Interface Graduate Student Grant
    2005               Nominated for UC Santa Cruz Teaching Assistant of the Year Award
    2004-2007     National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship
    2004-2005     UC Toxic Substance Teaching and Research Graduate Student Fellowship
    2003               ARCS Foundation Fellowship (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists)
    2002-2003     UC Santa Cruz Chancellor's Fellowship
    2000               Sigma Xi Reed Memorial Award, honorary membership in Sigma Xi Scientific Society
    2000               Mellon Memorial Research Grant
    1999               Richter Research Grant
    1999               Francis L. Town Award in Earth Sciences


    Mansfield, C.R. and Black, F.J., 2015.  Quantification of monomethylmercury in natural waters by direct ethylation:  Interference characterization and method optimization.  Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 13: 81-91.

    Saxton, H.J., Goodman, J.R., Collins, J.N., and Black, F.J., 2013.  Maternal transfer of inorganic mercury and methylmercury in aquatic and terrestrial arthropods.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 32: 2630-2636.

    McGinn, P.J., Dickinson, K.E., Park, K.C., Whitney, C.G., MacQuarrie, S.P., Black, F.J., Frigon, J.C., Guiot, S.R., and O'Leary, S.J.B, 2012.  Assessment of the bioenergy and bioremediation potentials of the microalga Scenedesmus sp. AMDD cultivated in municipal wastewater effluent in batch and continuous mode.  Algal Research, 1: 155-165. 

    Black, F.J., Poulin, B.A., and Flegal, A.R., 2012. Factors controlling the abiotic photo-demethylation of monomethylmercury in surface waters. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 84: 492-507.

    Black, F.J., Conaway, C.H., and Flegal, A.R., 2012. Mercury in the marine environment. In: Mercury in the Environment: Pattern and Process, Michael S. Bank (Ed.), University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

    Black, F.J., Bokhutlo, T., Somoxa, A., Maethamako, M., Modisaemang, O., Kemosedile, T., Cobb-Adams, C., Mosepele, K., and Chimbari, M., 2011. The tropical African mercury anomaly: lower than expected mercury concentrations in fish and human hair. Science of the Total Environment, 409: 1967–1975.

    Quan, T., Yuh, P., and Black, F.J., 2010. Central Dog-ma Disease Detectives: A molecular biology inquiry activity for undergraduates. Learning from Inquiry in Practice Volume, University of California Press.

    Conaway, C.H., Black, F.J., Weiss-Penzias, P., Gault-Ringold, M., and Flegal, A.R., 2010. Mercury speciation in Pacific coastal rainwater, Monterey Bay, California. Atmospheric Environment, 44: 1788-1797.

    David, N., McKee, L.J., Black, F.J., Flegal, A.R., Conaway, C.H., Schoellhammer, D.H., and Ganju, N.K.,2009. Mercury concentrations and loads in a large river system tributary to San Francisco Bay, California, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 28: 2091–2100

    Black, F.J., Paytan, A., Knee, K.L., de Sieyes, N.R., Ganguli, P.M., Gray, E., and Flegal, A.R., 2009. Submarine groundwater discharge of total mercury and monomethylmercury to central California coastal waters. Environmental Science and Technology, 43: 5652–5659.

    Black, F.J., Conaway, C.H., and Flegal, A.R., 2009. Stability of dimethyl mercury in seawater and its conversion to monomethyl mercury. Environmental Science and Technology, 43: 4056–4062.

    Conaway, C.H., Black, F.J., Gault-Ringold, M., Pennington, J.T., Chavez, F.P., and Flegal, A.R., 2009. Dimethylmercury in coastal upwelling waters, Monterey Bay, California. Environmental Science and Technology, 43: 1305–1309.

    Black, F.J., Gallon, C., and Flegal, A.R., 2008. Ecological Processes: Sediment Retention and Release. In: Encyclopedia of Ecology. Jorgensen, S.E. (Ed.), Elsevier Press.

    Conaway, C.H., Black, F.J., Grieb, T.M, Roy, S., and Flegal, A.R., 2008. Mercury in the San Francisco Estuary. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 194: 29–48.

    Black, F.J., Bruland, K.W., and Flegal, A.R., 2007. Competing ligand exchange-sold phase extraction method for the determination of the complexation of dissolved inorganic Hg(II) in natural waters. Analytica Chimica Acta, 598: 318–333.

    Sigg, L, Black, F., Buffle, J., Cao, J., Cleaven, R., Davison, W., Galceran, J., Gunkel, P., Kalis, E., Kistler, D., Martin, M., Noel, S., Nur, Y, Odzak, N., Puy, J., Van Riemsdijk, W., Temminghoff, E., Tercier-Waeber, M.L., Toepperwien, S., Town, R.M., Unsworth, E., Warnken, K.W., Weng, L., Xue, H., Ozhang, A., 2006. Comparison of analytical techniques for dynamic trace metal speciation in natural freshwaters. Environmental Science and Technology, 40: 1934–1941.

    Unsworth, E. R.; Warnken, K. W.; Zhang, H.; Davison, W.; Black, F.; Buffle, J.; Cao, J.; Cleven, R.; Galceran, J.; Gunkel, P.; Kalis, E.; Kistler, D.; van Leeuwen, H. P.; Martin, M.; Noel, S.; Nur, Y.; Odzak, N.; Puy, J.; van Riemsdijk, W.; Sigg, L.; Temminghoff, E.; Tercier-Waeber, M.-L.; Toepperwien, S.; Town, R. M.; Weng, L.; Xue, H., 2006. Model predictions of metal speciation in freshwaters compared to measurements by in-situ techniques. Environmental Science and Technology, 40: 1942–1949.


    Brine Flies: Transporters of Methylmercury at the Great Salt Lake.  Friends of Great Salt Lake Newsletter, Spring 2014.

    Research finds Great Salt Lake spiders loaded with mercury.  The Salt Lake Tribune, February, 2012.

    Newly discovered source of methylmercury: Groundwater.  June, 2009.

    UCSC scientists find mercury in coastal groundwater at Elkhorn Slough.  Santa Cruz Sentinel, June, 2009.

    From Land to Sea: Tracing Mercury's Transit to Coastal Environments.  Environmental Science and Technology news story, June 2009.