Canada Research Chair renewed for Mark Servos

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mark Servos.Mark Servos, Professor in the Department of Biology, was reappointed as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Water Quality Protection. The award comes with continued research funding  from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

In total three Faculty of Science researchers were reappointed as CRCs. Kevin Resch, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy was reappointed as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Optical Quantum Technologies; while Roger Melko, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was reappointed as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Quantum Many-Body Physics.

Servos' seven-year Tier I appointment will allow him and his research group to enhance the scientific basis for risk assessment and management of emerging contaminants of concern within the context of multiple stressors in watersheds. Servos was also awarded the prestigious John R. Evans Leaders Fund from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), which provides additional funds for research infrastructure.

“An improved understanding of the environmental processes governing the fate and effects of the many emerging contaminants in complex mixtures is essential to assess and their environmental risk,” said Servos, who is also a member of the Water Institute. “This is being accomplished by examining how contaminants cause effects across levels of biological organization in fish and ecosystems, building predictive models for the fate and effects of contaminants and complex mixtures, building new tools to support more effective biomonitoring, and refining approaches to assess the risk of emerging contaminants in the environment.”

This research will provide new knowledge and tools for water and watershed managers that can be applied to better identify and manage cumulative effects of human activities across our threatened watersheds. The CRC position provides an opportunity to continue international leadership in the field of environmental toxicology supporting the sustainability of water resources globally. 

“I look forward to contributing to solving some of the difficult environmental challenges we face as Canadians” says Servos.