Doug’s graduate studies focused on biological oceanography, coastal and benthic ecology, and environmental toxicology, while the focus of his post-doctoral studies was environmental geochemistry of trace elements and persistent organic pollutants in aquatic and arctic environments.
Doug’s main areas of practical research include brownfield and contaminated sites remediation and risk management; mine approvals and decommissioning; environmental effects monitoring (including innovative scientific approaches); upstream oil and gas environmental releases; environmental impact assessments; and watershed management plans. Doug also has extensive experience evaluating human and ecological risks of soil and sediment contamination, airborne contaminants, noise and vibration, and radionuclides.
In addition to providing critical insight into provincial and national environmental regulations and policies, Doug is highly experienced developing Canadian environmental quality guidelines on behalf of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. He has also developed environmental quality standards, guidelines, and approaches for the BC and Alberta governments. In addition, he has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific literature on human health risk assessment and contaminant fate and effects.