Associate Professor of Biology Joel Klinck was awarded a $39,100 grant from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to assess geotoxicity in freshwater mussels exposed to municipal treatment plant effluent.
As part of his research, Dr. Klinck and his colleagues take blood from mussels to assess its toxicity by analyzing DNA damage. This work is extremely important because more than 70% of North American mussel species are either endangered, threatened or in decline.
Klinck’s involvement in this project is also significant as he becomes the first faculty member from Redeemer to receive a research grant from an Ontario ministry. His collaboration with Green House Science, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Environment Canada demonstrate the quality of research that goes on at Redeemer.