Stephen’s papers published in ES:PI and ES&T

September 26, 2016

Stephen graduated with a MSc this summer and his thesis on modelling the PCB exposure of NHANES participants and what we can learn from it with respect to the relationship with body mass index has already been published in a pair of papers (1, 2).

Matt’s recent modelling papers published in Environment International

June 20, 2016

The core modelling work from Matt’s thesis research has been published in a pair of papers in Environment International, Abstract Figuredescribing how we simulate the exposure of indigenous Arctic Canadians to environmental contaminants. We then apply these models by exploring the benefits (improved nutrition) and risks (potentially greater contaminant exposure) of different traditional food substitution scenarios.

Abha awarded departmental award for excellence as teaching assistant

June 13, 2016

Abha was recognized with this year’s DPES TA Awards for Teaching Excellence. Congratulations!

Abha presenting at CSC Halifax

June 6, 2016

Abha went to Halifax for CSC 2016 taking place from June 5 to 9. She gave a presentation on her work investigating the sources and transport of benzotriazoles, a group of emerging contaminants, in urban watersheds.

New Faces in the Research Group this Summer

May 2, 2016

Batual (left) and YuHao.

We welcome Batual Abdul Hussain, who is entering her second year in the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Specialist Co-operative program. This summer she is completing a TD Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fellowship involving research within the Rouge Valley National Urban Park.

We also welcome YuHao Chen, who is entering his fourth year in the Environmental Chemistry specialist program at UTSC. He is being supported by a Centre for Global Change Science scholarship.

David’s work on passive air sampling of mercury vapours published

David’s work on passive air sampling of mercury vapors has led to two recent papers: A critical review of earlier efforts to develop such passive samplers can be found here, and our new sampler design is described here.sampler

Matt participates in Inuvik Beluga Summit

March 8, 2016

Matt participated in the Beluga Summit in Inuvik presenting results from his analysis of nutrients and contaminants in muktuk and uqsuq.blubber

Frank Gobas from Simon Fraser University visits Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences

November 12, 2015


Back: Jon, Tife, Tinge, Li, James, Chen, Abha, David, Matt, Hidetoshi, Ying, Frank Wania. Front: Stephen, Don, Frank Gobas.

Frank Gobas from Simon Fraser University was visiting the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at UTSC on Nov. 12 to deliver a seminar on “New Developments in the Environmental Risk Assessment of Commercial Chemicals.” It was an opportunity for him to reconnect with his supervisor (Don Mackay) and with students he supervised (Jon Arnot, James Armitage).

Wania Group Moves to the New Environmental Science and Chemistry Building at UTSC

September 28, 2015


The Wania Group has recently completed the transition to the new Environmental Science and Chemistry Building (ESCB), at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.

Below are some photos of the new offices & lab.


The Instrument Room

Inside EV-442

Inside EV-442

From the corner of the lab.

From the corner of the lab.

Inside EV-440.

Inside EV-440.

Welcome Tife Awonaike, Graduate Student

September 7, 2015

We are welcoming Tife Awonaike as a new graduate student in the Wania Group. Tife obtained her undergraduate degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 2014. Tife IMG-20150528-WA0013interested in the fate and transport of organic contaminants in urban-runoff.