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Dr. Céline Surette, Environmental Scientist

Céline Surette

Biography

Céline Surette is an Environmental Chemistry professor with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Université de Moncton. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also a member of the Université du Québec à Montréal’s interdisciplinary research centre on well-being, health, society and the environment and a member of the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecohealth.

The theme of her research focuses on contaminants in aquatic systems and the assessment of human exposure to contaminants in food. Her laboratory develops new human exposure biomarkers and ecological contamination indicators of aquatic environments to detect interactions between health and environment. Using her biogeochemistry background, Céline attempts to better understand how to integrate participatory approaches in her practices and to better identify the challenges preventing us from properly integrating science and community.

Ecosystem approaches to health are one way for her to reflect on these questions and to take action. The research she conducts is interdisciplinary for the most part. Thus, her projects are conducted using a team approach and include the participation of community partners.

Stories of Health and Environment

Health is influenced by the development of resources through interdependent socio-economic, ecological, cultural and political channels. Collaboration between sectors and with communities is essential for taking note of — and responding to — the effects of resource development on the health and well-being of populations and ecosystems. In particular, exposure to contaminants, climate change and environmental quality has an impact on communities. In her January 2019 conference at the Gulf Fisheries Centre, in Moncton, N.B., Dr. Surette explored the role of science and the importance of work for and by communities by way of examples of research-action projects conducted in New Brunswick.

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