Faculty conduct collaborative research on the dispersion of contaminants and the assimilation of metals by aquatic organisms, as well as the impact these metals have on the organisms affected. They seek to better understand the mechanisms regulating aquatic ecosystems in order to better predict environmental hazards and make sure ecosystems are protected.
The goal of their research is to provide a scientific basis to guide the difficult decisions that environmental protection agencies have to make. Their work deals with the deterioration of aquatic environments due to human activity and the dynamics of these environments at a time when environmental changes are affecting the biogeochemical cycles of the elements. Possible consequences are eutrophication, metal contamination, and global warming.