Throughout the project, my team and I met some incredible people who made the experience all the more valuable to me. It was one of the most impactful summers of my life.
This past summer, Anson MacKinney traveled with three other undergraduates to Peru to study how the high blood-mercury levels in the remote village of Boca Manu and nearby communities could be reduced using dietary interventions. The students also held discussions with families about how mercury enters and accumulates in the body and how they can prevent or minimize this exposure. The research results will be given to the Peruvian Ministry of Health to serve as recommendations for how to deal with Peru’s mercury crisis and—MacKinney hopes—lead to improvements for the many people afflicted with mercury poisoning.