Intersections Seminar Series: From biomarkers to biomes: Assessing spatial patterns of contaminant sources, exposures, and health effects
November 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presented by Dr. Kristin Eccles, Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment, UTM
Chemicals are ubiquitous in the environment and have the potential to have adverse effects on the health of humans and wildlife. However, the heterogeneous distribution of chemicals and the complex nature of ecosystems makes it difficult to assess relationships between the sources and exposures, and assess the exposure-response relationships across space and time. Such assessments require the careful application of geospatial methods to assess patterns and relationships between patterns across the landscape. In this talk, I will discuss some of my previous research that uses biomarkers of mercury exposure to enhance our understanding of mercury sources to ecosystems and the effects that these exposures have on wildlife. I will also discuss some of my ongoing research that uses geospatial methods to conduct exposure-based hazard assessments for humans and wildlife.
Dr. Kristin Eccles has a Ph.D. in Biology with a specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology from the University of Ottawa and a MSc. in Geography from the University of Calgary. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto-Mississauga with Dr. Igor Lehnherr and Dr. Trevor Porter and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science with Dr. Kyle Messier. Her main research interests include the fate and exposure to metals, the use and development of non-invasive biomarkers, and the unique applications of spatial methods.