Realize. A environment. healthier
University of Regina researchers are developing innovative ways to
protect Canadians from contaminants found in our air and water.
Airborne pesticides can travel thousands of kilometres from farmers'
fields. Dr. Renata Raina is studying the levels, movement, breakdown
and seasonal changes of pesticides in the atmosphere in agricultural
regions of Western Canada. Her research will help Canadians make
informed choices on pesticide use to minimize impacts on the
environment and human health, while maintaining crop production.
Dr. Chris Somers
Dr. Renata Raina
Dr. Chris Somers is investigating the effects of environmental
pollutants and their connection to DNA damage in animals. Mutations
in reproductive cells of animals can be passed from one generation to
the next through DNA, potentially wiping out small populations. By
measuring mutations in generations of pigeons, for example, that are
exposed to the same urban pollutants as humans, we can better
understand the risks of environmental pollutants to ourselves.