Areas of Research

Environmental Health

What is environmental health?

Humans are as healthy as the environment in which they live. Environmental health focuses on assessing the public health risks associated biological, chemical and physical hazards in natural and built environments.

What are we doing in this area?

Faculty in environmental health engage in a wide range of research interests, including but not limited to:

  • waterborne diseases,
  • zoonotic and vector-based infectious diseases,
  • water and air quality,
  • chemical toxicology,
  • pollutant exposure and effects,
  • epidemiology of occupational diseases,
  • GIS modeling of water quality, and
  • integrated animal/human/environmental disease surveillance and modeling.

The research is often performed in the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations at the local, provincial, national and international level.

What is the focus of our research?

Our current research activities include:

  • exposure monitoring of volatile organic compounds in rural oil sand communities;
  • safe, secure water supplies for Alberta;
  • prion diseases and environmental transmission;
  • molecular epidemiology of waterborne parasites;
  • tracking sources of pathogens in the environment;
  • sources, fate, and effects of persistant organic pollutants;
  • biotransformation of environmental contaminants;
  • drug resistance in microbial pathogens; and
  • occupational exposures associated with asthma. 

Professor Nicholas Ashbolt is creating reliable, sustainable water systems.

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Researcher Warren Kindzierski has studied air quality in Alberta for over 20 years.

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Professor Norm Neumann ensures reused water is fit for purpose.

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Researcher Patrick Hanington studies water parasites both in Canada and around the world.

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Researcher Jeon Byeonghwa is leading the charge for safer, more sustainable food worldwide.

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Researcher Bernadette Quemerais is an environmental chemist, studying contamination and health across Canada.

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