Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Environment and Health Collaborative Program, School of the Environment
Office: School of the Environment, Room 2097, 33 Willcocks St.
tel: 416-978-2972; fax: 416-978-3884; email: email@example.com
B.E.S. Hons. (Waterloo), M. Nat. Res. Mgmt. (Simon Fraser), Dr. phil.nat. (Frankfurt).
Metal emissions in urban environments and their human health impacts, contaminants and urban gardening, environmental health of vulnerable populations.
Featured Research Projects:
Urban Gardening & Airborne Particulate Matter: Exploring the Fate of Traffic-Related Emissions and the Effectiveness of Risk Reduction Measures.
This research examines the fate of traffic-related metal emissions in the urban environment, their uptake by commonly cultivated plants and the effectiveness of soil remediation measures. Since 2010, different plant species have been cultivated at several locations in Toronto, with variable traffic densities to assess the soil accumulation and fate of metal emissions over time, their bioaccessibility and potential health risks of consumption. This research was expanded in 2013 to include several other school and community gardens which are cultivated by Foodshare and U of T’s student-run group Dig In! Campus Agriculture. (Please visit Research Projects Page for more information.)
Platinum Group Element Emissions: Environmental Concentrations, Exposure Levels and Human Health Risks
(Ongoing collaboration with Fathi Zereini, University of Frankfurt). Investigates platinum group element (PGE) emissions from automobiles, equipped with catalytic converters, and how their environmental concentrations have increased over time. Potential human exposures and health impacts are also assessed using simulated lung fluids to determine the bioaccessibility of PGE associated with airborne particulate matter sampled in Germany. Toronto soil and road dust samples were collected in June 2013 to examine PGE concentrations in a large Canadian urban centre, which has not yet been documented.
Children and Contaminants in Public Settings: Assessing Dermal Exposure Levels and Risks. Preliminary research is underway to assess the feasibility of dermal wipe techniques to determine contaminant exposures in children playing in public parks and playgrounds. Metal exposures from local emission sources and through contact with various construction materials in Toronto is the focus of this study initiated in August 2010.
Zereini, F and C.L.S. Wiseman (Eds.) 2014. Platinum Elements in the Environment. Springer, Berlin (Forthcoming.)
Wiseman, C.L.S., F. Zereini, W. Püttmann. 2013. Traffic-related trace element fate and uptake by plants cultivated in roadside soils in Toronto, Canada. Science of the Total Environment 442: 86-95.
Zereini, F., C.L.S. Wiseman, W. Püttmann. 2012. In vitro investigations of platinum, palladium and rhodium mobility in urban airborne particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5 and PM1) using simulated lung fluids. Environmental Science & Technology 46(18): 10326-10333.