My research group focuses on both basic and applied areas of environmental sciences with a heavy interest in aquatic species. My research intersects environmental physiology, toxicology, biochemistry, behaviour and bioinformatics and functional genomics. We are typically asking questions that are environmentally relevant and design our experiments considering the use of the data for science policy or regulatory applications.
In our basic science, we study the evolution and function of cytochrome P450 enzymes in aquatic species. This protein superfamily that is important for production and metabolism of steroid hormones, and is absolutely critical for xenobiotic (i.e. drugs, environmental contaminants) metabolism. This work is essential to understand the potential for stressors to disrupt endocrine systems and to understand the toxicokinetics of xenobiotics. We have studies in a wide variety of species, from cnidarians to fish!
In our applied science, we study the impacts of environmental stressors and have a large interest in chemical stress (especially human drugs) and temperature stress. In this research, we tend to focus on the impact of stressors on different life stages and important biological processes such as reproduction and development.
Please explore our associated research pages that describe the different areas of environmental science that our experiments address.