Sarah M. Hayes

Sarah M. HayesResearch Description

Dr. Hayes studies the effects of mineral weathering on the mobility and bioaccessibility of toxic metals in geomedia (e.g., soils, mine tailings, and dusts). This information helps to quantify exposure routes and develop novel remediation technologies to mitigate the harmful effects of toxic metals on humans and ecosystems. Her current interests include examining the effects of mineral weathering on toxic metals in mine tailings, understanding the impact of remediation on metal speciation, determining metal bioaccessibility in dust particles, and investigating the geochemistry of tellurium.

Selected Publications

  1. Hayes, S.M., et al., Spectroscopic investigation of zinc speciation changes with pH in arid mine tailings in Aravaipa Canyon, Arizona. Environmental science & technology, 2011.
  2. Hayes, S.M., et al., Changes in lead and zinc lability during weathering-induced acidification of desert mine tailings: Coupling chemical and micro-scale analyses. Applied Geochemistry, 2009. 24(12): p. 2234.


  • B.A. 2003 Cumberland College (Chemistry)
  • M.A. 2005 University of Arizona (Analytical Chemistry)
  • Ph.D. 2010 University of Arizona (Soil and Water Science)


Phone: 907-474-7118
Fax: 907-474-5640

Sarah M. Hayes
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6160