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SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR SEMINAR

CO-HOSTED BY FLORIDA SEA GRANT, THE UF WATER INSTITUTE

AND THE UF EMERGING PATHOGENS INSTITUTE

AUGUST 5, 2010 AT 10 AM, ROOM 376 NEWMAN-ZIEGLER HALL

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

 

PROFESSOR ASIT MAZUMDER

As the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water at the University of Victoria, Canada, Professor Mazumder studies the range of ecological and human-related forces that determine the quality of water in the environment and in our taps at home. His research team looks at water quality-related vulnerabilities of small, rural and Indigenous communities under changing climate and land-use scenarios. He also investigates the food web processes that determine the growth and survival of juvenile salmon and study how persistent organic pollutants and mercury are transferred in aquatic food webs in freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems.

SEMINAR SUMMARY

The global effort to sustain clean and healthy water for aquatic life and people is challenged by a variety of stressors including: chemical contaminants; pathogens; pharmaceuticals; water-level fluctuations; and man-made climate extremes. These stressors are leading to chemical and microbial contamination of water used for drinking, aquatic resources and ecosystem services. Over 5 million people die every year from contaminated drinking water and 35 out of 1,000 children in the rural areas and slums of developing countries die before the age of 5 from water related illnesses. More and more aquatic ecosystems are developing anoxic or dead zones, toxic algal blooms, high levels of organic pollutants and heavy metals, and more recently, high levels of pharmaceutical products. The environments that provide us with the critical service of drinking water are being compromised because it is assumed that any water regardless of source and quality can be treated to make it safe and healthy for drinking. We fail to recognize that there could be significant economic returns from sustaining clean and healthy water and aquatic resources. It often is suggested that small, rural and remote communities are at greater public health risks from contaminated water, likely because of lack of expertise, resources and lack of control over the protection and management of water sources. In addition to providing a general overview of the issues and challenges of providing clean and healthy water for global communities, Dr. Mazumder will present results of innovative tools we developed to track sources of chemical and microbial contamination of aquatic ecosystems that could be used to develop strategies to optimize and manage public health and resource risks.   

 

The room also is reserved for the hour following the seminar (11 AM to Noon) for informal conversation between the speaker, faculty and students.

 

His webpage:  http://web.uvic.ca/~bioweb/faculty/facpages/mazumder.html 

 

 

Karl Havens, Ph.D., Director

Florida Sea Grant College Program

University of Florida

803 McCarty Drive, PO Box 110400

Gainesville, Florida 32611-0400

Phone: (352) 392-5870

Fax: (352) 392-5113

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