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Graduate Student: David McLagan
David finished his BSc honours degree in 2012 from Griffith University, Australia. During his undergraduate study, David did research and wrote a thesis on the identification of local sources of PBDEs from an Australian research station. In 2010, through an exchange program, David visited the Wania Group at UTSC, where he had a research project on the spatial and temporal "air-shed" analysis of air-mass movement in the South Polar Region. David came back to Toronto and started his MSc program in environmental chemistry in 2013. His current research aims to design a passive air sampler (PAS) for mercury in remote locations that will assist in resolving spatial imbalances that exist in mercury monitoring. To be effective in remote locations PASs must be inexpensive, basic in deployment and analysis, able to be deployed over the extended periods of time (due to accessibility issues at certain remote locations), resilient against a wide range of environmental conditions, have low limits of detection to ensure accurate and produce repeatable results that exhibit high precision to active air sampler measurements. Existing PASs for mercury have not fulfilled all these criteria. It is our objective to create a novel PAS to accurately sample total gaseous mercury in remote regions.
Matt Graduate Student: Matt Binnington
Matt completed his B.Sc. at Queen's University in Life Science and following, a M.Sc. in Pharmacology at the University of Toronto (St. George), examining variability in human xenobiotic biotransformation. He began his PhD in Environmental Science with the Wania group in September 2011. His current research models contaminant exposure risk in humans and wildlife, focusing on the importance of bioaccumulative properties and biotransformation rates in these predictions.
Graduate Student: Abha Parajulee
Abha completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She continued her studies at Uppsala University in Sweden and obtained a Master of Earth Science. She started her Ph.D. with the Wania group in September 2011, and is interested in water resources and the behavior of organic contaminants in urban environments.
Xiaoshu Graduate Student: Xiaoshu Cao
Xiaoshu completed her BASc (hons, co-op) in Chemistry Specialist at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She has previously worked with the Wania group as a summer student. She started her MSc in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry with the Wania group in January 2012. Her research interests lie in modeling ionic chemical's susceptibility to bioaccumulation in wildlife.
Graduate Student: Chen Wang
Chen obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Environmental Science from Nankai University and Peking University respectively before starting her Environmental Chemistry with the Wania Group in 2012. Her research focuses on the phase partitioning of chemicals to secondary organic aerosols.


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