We are conducting research to characterise the risk of microcontaminants in the environment. This research focuses on a range of chemicals such as metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and new emerging contaminants like endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs).
Taonga (New Zealand significant) species research
There is limited information about the impacts of contaminants on the species and habitats that are unique and special to New Zealand.
We use biochemical and molecular methodologies to develop biomarkers that can assess the effects of exposure to contaminants on taonga species. This allows us to determine the health status of native species that are exposed to stressors related to human activities, like metals and organic compounds (e.g., pesticides, medicines, hydrocarbons).
Contact Louis Tremblay for more information about this research.