Meet the academic experts working to solve critical global water challenges
ACWA is proud to host researchers from the University of Calgary, as well as faculty members from institutions across the country. If you would like to be part of the ACWA research family, contact us for information on facility access.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary
CAIP Research Chair in Ecosystem Health Assessment
Dr. Mukitterick's research is primarily field-based and focused on measuring the responses of wild fishes to natural and anthropogenic stressors including pulp mills, oil refineries, oil sands operations, agriculture), and municipalities, on examining the suitability of laboratory studies for predicting field effects, and on the use of alternate approaches for detecting impacts.
Professor, Department of Biological Science, University of Calgary
Tier I Canada Research Chair in Environmental Physiology and Toxicology
The research conducted by the Vijayan group is focused on understanding the long-term impact of contaminants found in air, water, and land on animal physiology.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary
Svare Research Chair in Integrated Watershed Processes
Dr. Wrona's current research activities include: assessing effects of climate change/variability on the hydro-ecology of aquatic ecosystems; assessing the impacts of climate change/variability on the food web dynamics of Arctic freshwater ecosystems; and predicting effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors on Canadian Aquatic Ecosystems.
Current ACWA Researchers
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary
Dr. Achari’s research interests include advanced oxidative processes for treatment of priority pollutants, uncertainty analysis in environmental engineering and landfill engineering.
Associate Professor, Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, University of Calgary
Dr. Checkley works on projects at the interface between humans, animals and their environment, using One Health Approaches.
Professor, Department of Civil and Resource Engingeering, Dalhousie University
Dr. Gagnon’s teaching responsibilities include courses related to water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and environmental systems analysis. His general research interests are biological treatment processes, optimization of water treatment processes, and biofilm kinetics. Dr. Gagnon has been involved with research projects involving bacterial regrowth in drinking water distribution systems, optimization coagulation for improved ozone disinfection, nitrification in drinking water, and controlling the formation of disinfectant by-products.
Professor, Department of Biological Science, University of Calgary
Dr. Hamid Habibi’s research is focused on the endocrine control of reproduction and growth as well as environmental toxicology. Emphasis is placed on the role of brain, pituitary and gonadal hormones in the control of pituitary function and study of the mechanisms of adverse health impact of environmental contaminants with hormone-like activity.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary
Dr. Huang's research areas include industrial and domestic wastewater treatment, microbial electrochemistry, sustainable wastewater treatment, energy recovery from wastewater treatment processes and energy and environmental engineering.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary
Dr. Kimura’s research interests are in the areas of drinking water treatment, analytical chemistry and toxicology. She is interested in the identification and formation mechanisms of unregulated disinfection by-products using advanced mass spectrometry instrumentation and techniques. She has a particular interest on the formation and toxicity of emerging disinfection by-products and contaminants of concern derived from oxidation and membrane-based technologies developed to remove contaminants from municipal wastewater effluents.
Professor, Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept, University of Alberta
Dr. Liu is a Canada Research Chair in Future Water Services, and an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Urban Water Development. Her research is centered in biological treatment technology development for resource recovery based municipal wastewater treatment for both centralized and decentralized treatment applications. Her research activities contribute to decarbonizing communities and promote their resilience to climate and demographic changes within the circular economy.
Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary
Bernhard Mayer’s Applied Geochemistry research group employs chemical and isotopic techniques to trace water, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur compounds in surface and subsurface environments.
Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Dr. Neumann's research program focuses on development of novel approaches and tools for detecting, tracking and assessing human health risks associated with biological hazards in the environment (viruses, bacteria, protozoans, prions). Through his cross-appointment with the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health, these research outcomes are integrated into provincial public health laboratory service programs and policy development.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary
Former Scientific Director, ACWA
Dr. Leland Jackson’s research interests center on processes that affect the stability of aquatic communities and ecosystems, and relationships between sustainable growth and water quality and quantity.
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Assistant Professor for Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biology, Toronto Metropolitan University
Roxana Sühring's research focuses on emerging contaminants that originate from plastic-based consumer products, such as microplastics and plastic additives. Her interdisciplinary research encompasses the development of analytical strategies for the characterization of pollutants as well as the investigation of the chemical, physical and socio-economic factors that drive pollution patterns in the environment.
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Previous ACWA Researchers
Joo Hwa (Andrew) Tay
Dr. Joo Hwa (Andrew) Tay, PhD, was a world-class civil engineering researcher in the field of wastewater treatment and one of the inventors of aerobic granulation technology.
As both a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Wastewater Engineering and the NSERC/City of Calgary Senior Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Technologies for Wastewater Treatment, his life’s work was to protect the environment and drinking water by treating concerning substances before they entered the water system.