The goal of the Laboratory of Soil Environmental Toxicology is to explore the relationship between human and ecosystem health with the goal of improving both. To do so, our research group focuses on two primary questions:
- How do humans poison soils?
- How do soils poison humans?
By using a combination of field campaigns and in-laboratory simulations, we study how natural chemical cycles in polar environments affect the health of people and the environment. Students in our research group use state of the art equipment to assess the biology, chemistry and ecology of pollutants and their effects on communities.
But, our research isn’t always focussed so far from home! The Laboratory of Soil Environmental Toxicology works in urban environments throughout Saskatchewan and the territories. It is these urban places where humans have the greatest impact on the environment, and in turn, the environment has some of its greatest impacts on humans.
There is a direct relationship between people’s health and the health of their environment; the goal of the Laboratory of Soil Environmental Toxicology is to explain that relationship.