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For February’s 2014 Another Drop Seminar Series lecture, the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is pleased to announce its next free, public lecture: Dr. Igor Lehnherr speaking on the topic of Mercury Contamination in Arctic Ecosystems!

Seminar Topic:

Global Action, Local Impact:
Mercury Contamination in Arctic Ecosystems

Northern ecosystems and peoples currently face a number of environmental challenges, including climate change and chemical contaminants. There has been increasing concern about mercury levels in marine and freshwater organisms in the Arctic, due to the importance of traditional country foods such as fish and marine mammals to the diet of Northern peoples. This talk will look at mercury in Arctic aquatic ecosystems, tracking its path from sources to animals and people, and answering questions such as “how can there be concern about mercury in a pristine region such as the Arctic?” This is a story that has chemical, ecological, and human aspects and is complicated by other issues such as climate change.

About Dr. Igor Lehnherr

Igor Lehnherr, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo, where he holds a W. Garfield Weston Fellowship in Northern Research. His research focuses on understanding the impacts of environmental stressors such as contaminants, eutrophication and climate change, on aquatic ecosystems. He has spent numerous field seasons in the Arctic in remote camps and on ice-breaking research vessels, studying some of Canada’s most beautiful, and most vulnerable, ecosystems. (

Seminar Details

When?: Tuesday February 25th, 2014

Time?: 7:00pm

Where?: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, L8P 0A1

What Room?: Conference Room A&B (located near the Atrium)

Admission Cost?:  Absolutely free! Seating is limited, so please register your spot by emailing Refreshments will be served.

Parking?: On-site parking is available free of charge after 5pm.

Do I need to be an environmental scientist to attend the Another Drop Seminars?: No, UNU-INWEH’s Another Drop Seminar Series was created as a means to help the general community understand key linkages/challenges on issues regarding water, environment, and health.

Where can I learn more about the Another Drop Seminar Series?:
Visit for more information.

For more details, view the flyer below!