Elevated methyl mercury (MeHg) levels found in biota of the San Francisco Estuary have been attributed to methylation processes in the peat-rich tidal wetlands of the Estuary, where the concentration of dissolved organic matter (DOM) is tightly coupled to that of MeHg (r2=0.95). We sought to understand the geochemical processes that contribute to MeHg production by examining the composition of the co-occurring DOM. We measured spectral absorbance and fluorescence properties of DOM, as well as intrinsic chemical properties such as isotopic composition, lignin content, carbohydrate content, and bulk chemical functionality (by CPMAS-NMR). Carbon quality parameters independent of concentration such as specific UV absorbance, lignin abundance, aromatic content, biodegradability, and others were closely coupled to MeHg concentrations. This coupling, combined with the hydrologic forcing within the wetland, suggest that the zones of MeHg production are biogeochemically related to the zones of DOM release, thus providing a means to examine the underlying processes. The observed relationships were robust through the winter, spring, and fall seasons, despite a three- fold variation in MeHg and DOM concentration. The pattern of variation suggests sources of DOM and MeHg within peat pore waters rather than within the litter layer or water column. The various relationships with individual parameters will be discussed.Bergamaschi, B.A., J.A. Fleck, B. Downing, M. Stephenson, P.J. Hernes, and E. Boss, 2007. Explorating Coupled Production of Dissolved Organic Material and Methyl Mercury in a Tidal Wetland Using the Intrinsic Chemical Composition of the Organic Material. Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract B11B-0399.