Derek Muir, Photo: Niklas Björling/Stockholm University
Derek Muir, Photo: Niklas Björling/Stockholm University

Derek Muir's area of research is environmental chemistry with a focus on studies of organic and inorganic pollutants, especially in the Arctic, and he is considered one of the leading environmentalists in the world. He also works with different methods for identifying new environmental pollutants, then charting their global emissions and providing tools to follow them in the environment. With such knowledge, society can regulate and hopefully replace these with more environmentally friendly alternatives. His research at Stockholm University is focused on studying how climate change affects how environmental contaminants move in the Arctic environment.

King Carl XVI Gustaf, Photo: Niklas Björling/SU
King Carl XVI Gustaf, Photo: Niklas Björling/SU

Muir's lecture focused on the Arctic, where he among other things highlighted how emissions travel through the atmosphere and along ocean currents to gather in the Arctic region. Afterwards scientists Matthew MacLeod and Anne Sörensen gave supplementary lectures on future potential pollutants and how mercury is released as the Arctic becomes warmer. The University Vice President Claes Hättestrand and Professors Jonathan Martin and Cynthia de Wit welcomed everyone and introduced the speakers.

Derek Muir is the twenty-third holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Visiting Professorship in Environmental Science.