Water and Aquatic Sciences Research Program


We support research projects requiring the following laboratory analyses:
Isotope Analysis (CNO), PBDE, PCB, PCDD(F),DBP, T&O, caffeine, PPCP, bacterial source tracking, and water quality analysis
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Environmentally sustainable water quality and aquatic resources are critical to the health and well being of global communities. Globally, the aquatic ecosystems providing freshwater and fisheries resources are subject to variable degrees of natural and anthropogenic stresses linked to land-use, water-use, modification of hydrologic and biogeochemical regimes, loading of chemicals and pathogens and alteration of foodwebs. Understanding and modeling the abilities and limits of aquatic ecosystems to sustain clean and healthy water and fisheries resources under continuous human interventions and changing climate are central issues to society and a challenge for ecologists and environmental scientists.

Our goal at the Water and Aquatic Sciences Research Program at UVic is to provide opportunities for inter-disciplinary research, training and technology development in the areas of water and watershed management, nutrient-foodweb ecology, and contaminant transport in aquatic foodwebs. Our collaboration and partnership with many academics, industries, government institutions and NGOs in Canada and abroad provide an excellent environment for inter-disciplinary fundamental research and their application to resource management, management of environmental and public health, and policy development.

The environmental management of drinking water, funded through the NSERC-Industry Research Chair program is a major area of research, training and knowledge transfer. This is a partnership and community-based research program with funding from NSERC, water utilities, industries, government departments and local communities. The major objective of this Water, Waste-water and Community Health Research is to develop models, techniques and tools linking ecosystem and watershed processes with the quality of water in the source environment and its links with the quality of water at consumers’ tap and community health.

The second major research is on the nutrient-foodweb of juvenile salmon in freshwater and marine ecosystems. Our current projects include nutrient-foodweb ecology of sockeye lake systems in BC and Alaska, and continental-scale nutrient-foodweb and resource ecology of juvenile Pacific salmon along the coastal ecosystems of Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to northern Alaska ((Nutrient Food-web Ecology)).

The third major research focus is on the dynamics and mobilization of organochlorine compounds and mercury in the foodwebs freshwater and marine ecosystems. Current projects include the impacts of selective sport fishing on foodweb dynamics and Hg accumulation in lake trout in Ontario lakes, patterns of Hg accumulation in sport fishes of coastal BC lakes, patterns of metal accumulation in ocean rockfish, and on the impacts of fish farm wastes on contaminants in traditional seafoods of aboriginal communities(Contaminants and Food Safety)).

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