Contributions to environmental toxicology earn Servos SETAC Fellowship

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Professor Mark Servos has been appointed a new Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), in recognition of his leadership within professional and scientific spheres, and within the organization itself. With this award he will now have the opportunity to contribute his expertise on the impacts of contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors, on watersheds as an advisor to the SETAC World Council. The Council fosters international communication on environmental issues through research and education, and facilitates worldwide outreach to environmental scientists, engineers and managers.

“Mark has received this honour due to his extensive research in water-related sciences with an emphasis on water quality and treatment,” says SETAC Global Executive Director Charles Menzie. “Much of this important work has focused on chemical effects on hormonal levels and genetics of aquatic biota. His contribution in these areas has been national and international in scope and impact.”

Servos, a Water Institute member from the Department of Biology, has been a dedicated member of SETAC since the late 1980s.

servos"I consider it to be my scientific home and family,” he says. “As a Fellow, I will continue to serve the society in a new way."

SETAC Fellows are recognized for their contributions to ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, risk assessment and life cycle assessment. In addition to his exemplary research contributions, Servos’ SETAC leadership was demonstrated as president of the Society in 2002, and on numerous committees including his role as co-chair of the SETAC-led scientific review of the Victoria, BC Liquid Waste Management Plan in 2006. In addition, he has co-authored over 40 SETAC presentations and several scientific papers, including a series in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry on pulp and paper mill effluents that was identified as one of the most impactful in the history of the journal.

Servos was officially recognized as a Fellow at the Society’s annual meeting in Sacramento, California in early November.

“He has had a profound influence on students and on developing the next generation of scientists,” Menzie says. “SETAC is extremely proud to have him as a leader within our professional society and recognize him with the distinction of being a SETAC Fellow.”

Servos is currently the Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection, a former Scientific Director of the Canadian Water Network as well as the inaugural Program Director of the Collaborative Water Program at the University of Waterloo.

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