Earth & Planetary Sciences Faculty

Peter S Weiss
  • Title
    • Lecturer
    • Associate Researcher
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
    • Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology Department
    • Earth & Planetary Sciences Department
  • Phone
    831-459-1616
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, 454
    • Physical Sciences Building 454
  • Office Hours Monday 11:00AM - 12:00PM and Thursday 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Mail Stop METX
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry, Aerosols, Atmospheric Science, Environmental Studies, Oceanography, Sustainability
  • Advisees, Grad Students, Researchers

Biography, Education and Training

Research Interests

  • Global biogeochemical cycle of mercury
  • Sea-air transfer of methylated mercury and impacts on coastal marine fog
  • Fog water collection methods
  • Using lichen as a bioindicator of atmospheric mercury deposition
  • Mercury bioaccumulation in coastal terrestrial food webs
  • Measuring isotopes of mercury for source apportionment
  • Pollution source-receptor model validation using measurements
  • Gas sensing with nanoparticles
  • Environmental toxicology and justice

Teaching Interests 

Large lecture general chemistry courses

  • Flipped classrooms
  • Demonstrations
  • Active learning exercises
  • Frequent low-stakes testing
  • Test banks and assessment databases

Upper division/graduate level chemical oceanography/environmental chemistry courses

  • Effective training future scientists using latest tools and technologies

Research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students

  • Capstone projects and master theses