Nikolaus Gantner

Host institution

University of Victoria

Granting agency

NSERC

Project title

Evaluation of hydro-climatic drivers of contaminant transfer in aquatic food webs in the Husky Lakes Watershed

Project description

Nikolaus Gantner's research bridges the physical environment (climate-cryosphere relationships) with biological systems (food web dynamics), investigating linkages between climate and contaminant cycling. His specific interests lie in the interactions amongst biota, their interactions with their abiotic environment, and how this environment is shaped by local and global drivers, or disturbed by stressors (such as climate changes, contaminants, or changes in land use). His research is conducted in close collaboration with local stakeholders in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (NT) and other regions of the Canadian Arctic.

Nikolaus holds an MSc in Zoology from the University of Innsbruck (Austria), a PhD in Environmental Biology and Toxicology from the University of Guelph, and recently completed an NSERC Visiting Fellowship in Government Laboratories with Environment Canada at the Water and Climate Impacts Research Centre (Victoria, BC). He has gained research and teaching experience from working on a range of highly collaborative research programs and through guest lecturing at Canadian and international Universities.

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