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Expert Alert: Mercury and Fresh Water

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is able to offer expertise to media on the effects of mercury on fresh water.

January 26, 2017

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is pleased to offer expertise to media on the effects of mercury on fresh water.

Dr. Michael Paterson is IISD-ELA's Chief Scientist. His research has focused on the ecosystem effects of human activities on freshwater lakes and his areas of expertise include aquatic food webs, plankton ecology, nutrients, and contaminants. While at the research facility, Michael has been involved in whole-ecosystem studies on the effects of hydroelectric reservoir development, aquaculture, eutrophication, contaminants, acidification, and climate change.

As a biologist with IISD-ELA's fish crew, Lee Hrenchuk's research focuses on monitoring and assessing the effects of a variety of environmental perturbations (including mercury deposition, cage aquaculture, endocrine disrupting chemicals, eutrophication and climate change) on fish ecology and behaviour in small, oligotrophic lakes in the boreal shield.

To arrange to speak with our experts please contact Sumeep Bath at or +1 (204) 958 7700 ext. 740.

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.

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