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U of T researcher receives $500K grant for forestry research project


July 10, 2019
By Ellen Cools
Ellen Cools

Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has awarded seven University of Toronto researchers nearly $3.8 million over three years in grants.

According to the University of Toronto, the grants aim to increase research and training in areas that will affect the country’s economy, society or environment over the next 10 years.

At U of T Scarborough, Carl Mitchell, an associate professor in the department of physical and environmental sciences, received a grant of $584,870 over three years. Mitchell is working with Domtar Corp., Dryden Forest Management Co., Obishikokaang Resources Corp., the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Natural Resources Canada to modify wood harvesting practices to reduce mercury contamination of watersheds, lakes and fish in northwestern Ontario.

The research is focused on determining how forestry practices can be modified to keep mercury stable in the ground instead of leaking into waterways.

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