Dr. Gobas’ research is focused on the environmental behaviour and effects of pollutants. His research investigates how pollutants are taken up by wildlife and humans; how pollutants move through ecosystems; how pollutants cause health effects; and how damaged environmental systems can be remediated.
Dr. Gobas is an environmental toxicologist with expertise in chemistry, chemical engineering and biology. His food-chain bioaccumulation models have been adopted by Environment Canada for bioaccumulation categorization and by the USEPA for water quality guideline development and pesticide registration. Dr. Gobas has worked with government agencies and industry in Canada and the US and with international organizations on regulatory issues related to the fate and exposure of environmental contaminants in wildlife and human populations. He has also been involved in several contaminant fate and exposure studies on Super Fund sites in the US.
Dr. Gobas has been a member of the UN Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) (This is the scientific advisory body of the IMO, FAO, UNESCO, IOC, WMO, WHO, IAEA, UN and UNEP on global marine environment & protection), a Member of the Aquatic Life Criteria Panel of the US- EPA Science Advisory Board and a Member of the Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in British Columbia.