Man​aging the risk of new contaminants

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In Mark Servos’s biology department lab, waders and long-handled nets compete for space with a mass spectrometer. Servos, an eco-toxicologist and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection, explains that he researches the impact of contaminants on aquatic life at levels “from gene expression all the way up to whole communities of fish.”

Mark Servos and others looking into pool of waterScientific director of the Canadian Water Network, a national Network of Centres of Excellence, he also works within the Waterloo-based Centre for Control of Emerging Contaminants. His research program tackles the challenge of new compounds, including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and nanomaterials, that flush into our waterways and, eventually, our drinking water.

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