The objective of our team is to design, validate, and apply innovative and sustainable approaches to address the most pressing societal concerns over toxic chemicals in our environment. We do this by investigating mercury pollution and more broadly, chemicals management. To realize lasting translational impact, our program is founded on three pillars:
Intersectoral Empathy: Grand challenges articulated by stakeholders from across government offices, vulnerable communities, and the private sector drive our research agenda, and these are pursued in a collaborative manner.
Multidisciplinary Knowledge: A deeper understanding can only be realized when toxicological responses are scaled across species (i.e. humans and wildlife) and along multiple tiers of biological organization (from molecular to individual to ecosystem), which in turn are integrated across the natural, social, and medical sciences.
Environmental Justice: Contamination is a human rights issue and so it is necessary to educate society about inequities, empower communities to take action, and communicate the evidence base so that responsible, and not regrettable, decisions are taken.
The ultimate goal of our team is to conduct excellent research in the broader fields of ecosystem health (environmental toxicology) and public health (exposure science, global health) such that outputs may be effectively disseminated to diverse stakeholders (e.g., students, policy makers, scientists, community partners) and lead to public health actions and policies that contribute to improve environmental quality and human health in Canada and internationally.