THE PEOPLE PASSIONATE AND COMMITTED TO IMPROVING OUR ENVIRONMENT THROUGH SOUND, STRONG SCIENCE
Braedon is a Ph.D. student and Vanier Scholar at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Environment and Geography. He is co-supervised by Dr. Mark Hanson (University of Manitoba) and Dr. Jose Luis Rodriguez-Gil (IISD – Experimental Lakes Area). His research focuses on characterizing the ecological risk of chloride salts in Canadian freshwaters using the Lake Winnipeg watershed as a case study. The project involves collecting five years (2020-2024) of exposure data from over 170 sites, generating species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) using available chloride toxicity data, developing a standard laboratory assay protocol for northern wild rice (Zizania palustris), validating results with mesocosm (e.g., model wetland enclosure) experiments, and seeks to increase Indigenous and rural community involvement in environmental monitoring. Braedon also completed his Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) at the University of Manitoba. During his undergraduate research, he published on invertebrate community responses in outdoor mesocosms as part of a larger study exploring the effectiveness of recycled crushed glass as a substrate in constructed wetlands. Braedon has also contributed to mesocosm studies on the fate and effects of pharmaceuticals, wastewater effluents, and groundwater contaminants, as well as done work on data quality and reporting within ecotoxicology.