Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining

The Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining (CESM) is a collaboration between the NIEHS-funded UA Superfund Research Program (SRP) and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.

Focus areas include:

  • Phytostabilization of Mine Tailings in Arid Environments
  • Metal Speciation in Arid Mine TailingsRosemont Re-vegetation
  • Binational Copper Mine Tailings Native Plant Inventory Project
  • Mine Site Re-vegetation
  • Fate and speciation of metal(oids)
  • Groundwater protection
  • Autonomous monitoring systems
  • Education modules for indigenous communities
  • International Reseach and Education (Pan American Hub for Compatible Mining)

Key Personnel include:

  • Raina Maier, Ph.D., Director UA SRP, Director CESM, Professor Soil, Water, Environmental Science
  • James Field, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Research, College of Engineering, Professor Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Reyes Sierra, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Eric Betterton, Ph.D., Head, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Mark Brusseau, Ph.D., Professor, Soil, Water, Environmental Science
  • Julie Nielson, Ph.D., Researcher, Soil, Water, Environmental Science