Dr. Feiyue Wang

Department of Environment and Geography
588 Wallace
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2N2
(204) 474-6250

Academic Background
Ph. D. Peking University (1995)

Dr. Fei Wang is Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Biogeochemistry at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He received his B.Sc. from Wuhan University
(China) in 1990 and Ph.D. from Peking University (China) in 1995. From 1996 to 1998 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) – Eau (now INRS-ETE), Quebec City, Canada. From 1998-2000 he worked as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Industrial Research Fellow with EVS Environment Consultants (now Golder Associates). Dr. Wang joined the University of Manitoba in 2000 as an Assistant Professor and has been a Full Professor since 2009.

An aquatic chemist by training, Dr. Wang’s research interests extend from molecularlevel interactions of metal ions across environmental interfaces, to global-scale interactions
between chemical contamination and climate change. His recent research has centered on mercury as a global contaminant, and on geochemistry of the rapidly changing Arctic sea ice
environment. His major scientific contributions include modeling metal adsorption on aquatic sediments, metal speciation in sulfidic, polysulfidic, and thiolic environments, mercury biogeochemistry in the Arctic Ocean, and sea ice geochemistry.

Dr. Wang has been a continuous holder of the NSERC Discovery Grants, led one NSERC strategic grant, and participated in several NSERC research networks (MITE, MITHE,
COMERN, Canadian Arctic GEOTRACES), one Network of Centres of Excellence program (ArcticNet) and one International Polar Year project (CFL). He directs the Ultra-Clean Trace
Elements Laboratory (UCTEL), leads the Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) - the first experimental sea ice facility in Canada, and co-leads the contaminants research program in the Arctic under ArcticNet.

Dr. Wang has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and books. As of November 2014 his h-index is 28 with a total citation of more than
2100 times (Institute for Scientific Information). Since 2000, he has trained six postdoctoral fellows, six Ph.D. students, 13 Masters students, and many senior undergraduate students.
Dr. Wang has received numerous awards and was named the Sir Alan Sewell Visiting Fellow in 2010 by Griffith University (Australia). He served on the Editorial Board of the journal
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry from 2010-2013, and has recently been elected Chair of the Environment Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Courses:

ENVR 2550 / CHEM 2550 Environmental Chemistry (with lab; offered once every year)
ENVR 3550 / CHEM 3590 Environmental/Instrumental Analysis (with lab; offered once every year)
ENVR 4550 / CHEM 4550 Aquatic Chemistry (no lab; offered once every two years)

Graduate Courses:

CHEM 7520 Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability
CHEM 7700 Chemical Speciation Techniques

Journal Papers (last 5 years):

  1. Davoren G.K., Woloschiniwsky C., Halden N.M., and Wang F. 2014. Does otolith chemistry indicate the natal habitat of Newfoundland capelin Mallotus villosus? J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. (in press)
  2. Afaneh A., Schreckenbach G., and Wang F. 2014. Theoretical study of the formation of mercury (Hg2+) complexes in solution using an explicit solvation shell in implicit solvent calculations. J. Phys. Chem. 118, 11271–11283, DOI: 10.1021/jp5045089
  3. Rysgaard S., Wang F., Galley R.J., Grimm R., Notz D., Lemes M., Geilfus N.X., Chaulk A., Hare A.A., Crabeck O., Else B.G.T., Campbell K., Sørensen L.L., Sievers J., and Papakyriakou T. 2014. Temporal dynamics of ikaite in experimental sea ice. Cryosphere 8, 1469-1478. (pdf)
  4. Pućko M., Burt A., Walkusz W., Wang F., Macdonald R.W., Rysgaard S., Barber D.G., Tremblay J.-É., and Stern G.A., 2014. Transformation of mercury at the bottom of the Arctic food web: an overlooked puzzle in the mercury exposure narrative. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48, 7280-7288, doi:10.1021/es404851b.
  5. Beattie S., Armstrong D., Chaulk A., Comte J., Gosselin M., and Wang F. 2014. Total and methylated mercury in Arctic multiyear sea ice. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48, 5575-5582, doi:10.1021/es5008033. (C&EN news)
  6. Hare A.A., Kuzyk Z.Z., Macdonald R.W., Sanei H., Barber D., Stern G.A., and Wang F. 2014. Characterization of sedimentary organic matter in recent marine sediments from Hudson Bay, Canada, by Rock Eval pyrolysis. Org. Geochem. 68, 52-60.
  7. Wang F., Saiz-Lopez A., Mahajan A.S., Gómez Martín, J.C., Armstrong D., Lemes M., Hay T., Prados-Roman C. 2014. Enhanced production of oxidised mercury over the tropical Pacific Ocean: A key missing oxidation pathway. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 14, 1323-1335. [pdf]
  8. Geilfus N.-X., Galley R.J., Cooper M., Halden N., Hare A., Wang F., Søgaard D.H., and Rysgaard S. 2013. Gypsum crystals observed in experimental and natural sea ice. Geophys. Res. Lett. 40, 1-6, doi:10.1002/2013GL058479.
  9. Burt A., Wang F., Pućko M., Mundy, C.-J., Gosselin M., Philippe B., Poulin M., Tremblay, J.E., and Stern G.A. 2013. Mercury uptake within an ice algal community during the spring bloom in first-year Arctic sea ice. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 118, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20380.
  10. Hare A.A., Wang F., Barber D., Geilfus N.-X., Galley R., and Rysgaard S. 2013. pH evolution in sea ice grown at an outdoor experimental facility. Mar. Chem. 154, 46-54.
  11. Rysgaard S., Søgaard D.H., Cooper M., Pućko M., Lennert K., Papakyriakou T.N., Wang F., Geilfus N.X., Glud R.N., Ehn J., McGinnnis D.F., Attard K., Sievers J., Deming J.W., and Barber D. 2013. Ikaite crystal distribution in winter sea ice and implications for CO2 system dynamics. Cryosphere 7, 707-718. [pdf]
  12. Ostertag S.K., Stern G.A., Wang F., Lemes M., and Chan H.M., 2013. Mercury distribution and speciation in different brain regions of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). Sci. Total Environ. 456-457, 278-286.
  13. Chapman P.M., Wang F., and Caeiro S.S. 2013. Assessing and managing sediment contamination in transitional waters. Environ. Int. 55, 71-91.
  14. Wang F. and Zhang J. 2013. Mercury contamination in aquatic ecosystems under a changing environment: Implications for the Three Gorges Reservoir. Chin. Sci. Bull. 58, 141-149. [pdf]
  15. Foster K., Stern G., Pazerniuk M., Hickie B., Walkusz W., Wang F., and Macdonald R. 2012. Mercury biomagnification in marine zooplankton food webs in Hudson Bay. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46, 12952–12959. DOI: 10.1021/es303434p.
  16. Wang F., Macdonald R., Armstrong D., and Stern G. 2012. Total and methylated mercury in the Beaufort Sea: The role of local and recent organic remineralization. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46, 11821–11828. DOI: 10.1021/es302882d.
  17. Douglas T.A., Loseto L., Macdonald R.W., Outridge P., Dommergue A., Poulain A., Amyot M., Barkay T., Berg T., Chételat J. Constant P., Evans M., Ferrari C., Gantner N, Johnson M.S., Kirk J., Kroer N., Larose C., Lean D., Muir D., Nielsen T.G., Poissant L., Rognerud S., Skov H., Sørensen S., Wang F., and Zdanowicz C.M. 2012. The fate of mercury in Arctic terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. A review. Environ. Chem. 9, 321-355. [pdf]
  18. Hutchins C.M., Panther J.G., Teasdale P.R., Wang F., Stewart R.R., Bennett W.W., and Zhao H. 2012. Evaluation of a titanium dioxide-based DGT technique for measuring inorganic uranium species in fresh and marine waters. Talanta 97, 550–556. DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2012.05.012.
  19. Barber D., Asplin M., Papakyriakou T., Miller L., Else B., Iacozza J., Mundy C., Gosslin M., Asselin N., Ferguson S., Lukovich J., Stern G., Gaden A., Pućko M., Geilfus N.X. and Wang F. 2012. Consequences of change and variability in sea ice on marine ecosystem and biogeochemical processes during the 2007–2008 Canadian International Polar Year program. Climatic Change 115, 135-159, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0482-9.
  20. Zhang Q., Huang J., Wang F., Loewen M., Xu J., Armstrong D., Li C., Zhang Y., and Kang S. 2012. Mercury distribution and deposition in glacier snow over Western China. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46, 5404−5413.
  21. Carrie J., Stern G., Sanei H., Macdonald R.W., and Wang F. 2012. Determination of mercury biogeochemical fluxes in the remote Mackenzie River Basin, northwest Canada, using speciation of sulfur and organic carbon. Appl. Geochem. 27, 815-824.
  22. Asaduzzaman A., Wang F. and Schreckenbach G. 2012. Quantum-chemical Study of the diffusion of Hg(0, I, II) into the Ice(Ih). J. Phys. Chem. 116, 5151–5154.
  23. Nghiem S.V., Rigor I.G., Richter A., Burrows J.P., Shepson P.B., Bottenheim J., Barber D.G., Steffen A., Latonas J., Wang F., Stern G., Clemente-Colón P., Martin S., Hall D.K., Kaleschke L., Tackett P., Neumann G., and Asplin M.G. 2012. Field and satellite observations of the formation and distribution of Arctic atmospheric bromine above a rejuvenated sea ice cover. J. Geophys. Res. doi: 10.1029/2011JD016268.
  24. Afaneh A.T., Schreckenbach G. and Wang F. 2012. Density functional study of substituted (-SH, -S, -OH, Cl) hydrated ions of Hg2+. Theor. Chem. Acc. 131:1174, doi: 10.1007/s00214-012-1174-2.
  25. Odoh S.O., Pan Q.-J., Shamov G.A., Wang F., Fayek M., and Schreckenbach G. 2012, Theoretical study of the reduction of uranium (VI) aquo complexes on titania particles and by alcohols. Chem. Eur. J. doi: 10.1002/chem.201101197.
  26. Stern G.A., Macdonald R.W., Outridge P.M., Wilson S., Chételat J., Cole A., Hintelmann H., Loseto L.L., Steffen A., Wang F., and Zdanowicz C. 2012. How does climate change Influence Arctic mercury? Sci. Total Environ. 414, 22-42.
  27. Lemes M., Wang F., Stern G.A., Ostertag S., and Chan H.M. 2011. Methylmercury and selenium speciation in different tissues of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from the Western Canadian Arctic. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 30, 2732-2738.
  28. Chaulk A., Stern G.A., Armstrong D., Barber D., and Wang F. 2011. Mercury distribution and transport across the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface in the Arctic Ocean. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45, 1866-1872.
  29. Vinceti M., Bonvicini F., Rothman K.J., Vescovi L., and Wang F. 2010. The relation between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and inorganic selenium in drinking water: a population-based case-control study. Environ. Health 9:77, doi:10.1186/1476-069X-9-77.
  30. Hare A.A., Stern G.A., Kuzyk Z.Z., Macdonald R.W., Johannessen S.C., and Wang F. 2010. Natural and anthropogenic mercury distribution in marine sediments from Hudson Bay, Canada. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44, 5805-5811.
  31. Li L., Wang F., Meng B., Lemes M., Feng X.B., Jiang G.B. 2010. Speciation of methylmercury in rice grown from a mercury mining area. Environ. Pollut. 158, 3103-3107.
  32. Wang F., Macdonald R.W., Stern G.A., and Outridge P.M. 2010. When noise becomes the signal: Chemical contamination of aquatic ecosystems under a changing climate. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 60. 1633-1635.
  33. Khan M.A.K. and Wang F. 2010. Chemical demethylation of methylmercury by selenoamino acids. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 23, 1202-1206.
  34. Sanei H., Outridge P.M., Goodarzi F., Wang F., Armstrong D., Warren K., and Fishback L. 2010. Wet deposition mercury fluxes in the Canadian sub-Arctic and southern Alberta, measured using an automated precipitation collector adapted to cold regions. Atmos. Environ. 44, 1672-1681.
  35. Asaduzzaman A., Khan M.A.K., Schreckenbach G., and Wang F. 2010. Computational studies of structural, electronic, spectroscopic and thermodynamic properties of methylmercury-amino acid complexes and their Se analogues. Inorg. Chem. 49, 870-878.
  36. Carrie J., Wang F., Sanei H., Macdonald R., Outridge P., and Stern G. 2010. Increasing contaminant burdens in an Arctic fish, burbot (Lota lota), in a warming climate. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44, 316-322.


Book Chapters and Technical Reports (last 5 years):

  1. Wang F., Pućko M., and Stern G. 2015. Transport and transformation of contaminants in sea ice. In: Sea Ice. 3rd ed. (D.N. Thomas, Ed). Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford (in press).
  2. Outridge P.M. and Wang F. 2015. The stability of metal profiles in freshwater and marine sediments. In: Environmental Contaminants: Using Natural Archives to Track Sources and Long-term Trends of Pollution (J.M. Blais, M.R. Rosen, and J.P. Smol, Eds). Springer (in press).
  3. Wang F., Xia X. and Chen J. 2014. Water chemistry of major rivers of China. In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.09140-5.
  4. Chételat J., Macdonald R., Munthe J., Pacyna J., Sundseth K., Wang F., and Wilson S. 2012. Sources, processes and pathways. In: Mercury in Canada’s North. Canadian Arctic Contaminants Assessment Report III (J. Chetelat and B. Braune, Eds.). Northern Contaminants Program (NCP), Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Ottawa, Canada. pp. 11-31.
  5. Wang F., Lemes M., and Khan M.A.K. 2012. Metallomics of mercury: Role of thiol- and selenol-containing biomolecules. In: Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology of Mercury (Y. Cai, G. Liu, and N.J. O'Driscoll, Eds.). Wiley.
  6. Stern G.A. et al., 2012. Team 8 Contaminants. In: On the Edge: From Knowledge to Action during the Fourth International Polar Year Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (2007-2008) (D.G. Barber, T. Tjaden, D. Leitch, L. Barber and W. Chan, Eds.). University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, pp. 140-154.
  7. AMAP. 2011. Arctic Pollution 2011. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. 38pp.
  8. Douglas T., Amyot M., Barkay T., Berg T., Chételat J., Constant P., Dommergue A., Evans M., Ferrari C., Gantner K., Johnson M., Kirk J., Kroer N., Larose C., Lean D., Loseto L., Macdonald R.W., Muir D., Nielsen T.G., Outridge P.M., Poulain A., Poissant L., Rognerud S., Skov H., Sørensen S., Wang F., and Zdanowicz C., 2011. What is the fate of mercury entering the Arctic environment? Chapter 3. In: AMAP Assessment 2011: Mercury in the Arctic (R. Dietz and  P.M. Outridge, Eds.). Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. pp. 45-65.
  9. Stern G.A., Loseto L., Macdonald R.W., Wang F., Zdanowicz C., Outridge P.M., Cole A., Chételat J., Hintelmann H., and Steffen A. 2011. How does climate change influence Arctic mercury? Chapter 4. In: AMAP Assessment 2011: Mercury in the Arctic (R. Dietz and  P.M. Outridge, Eds.). Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. pp. 66-82.
  10. Braune B., Carrie J., Dietz R., Evans M., Gaden A., Gantner N., Hedman J., Hoson K., Loseto L., Muir D., Outridge P., Riget F., Sigurd R., Stern G., Verta M, Wang F., and Wangberg I. 2011. Are mercury levels in the Arctic biota increasing or decreasing, and why? Chapter 5. In: AMAP Assessment 2011: Mercury in the Arctic (R. Dietz and P.M. Outridge, Eds.). Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway. pp. 85-112.
  11. Wang F. and Chen J. 2010. Rivers of the World - Eastern Asia. In: River Ecosystem Ecology: A Global Perspective (G.F. Likens, Ed.). Academic Press. San Diego, USA. pp. 302-313.


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