Dr. Lisa Kates is an environmental forensic chemist specializing in the analysis and behaviour of chemicals in the environment. Lisa holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Winnipeg, as well as a MSc in Forensic Science and a PhD in Environmental Forensics from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Lisa’s experience includes a wide variety of specialties including the forensic interpretation of oil spills in Canada, the interpretation of fire debris for arson investigations and the investigation of clandestine drug operations. Lisa has worked extensively on human health and ecological risk assessments, including risk assessments of traditional First Nations foods and science communication. Effective science communication is especially vital in risk assessment in order to contextualize potential risks and communicate findings to project stakeholders, as well as the general public.
Lisa is a specialist in the fingerprinting and source apportionment of petroleum products in the environment, as well as the fate and transport of organic and inorganic environmental contaminants. Lisa has a strong background in organic, analytical and forensic chemistry including chemical criminalistics, forensic drug analysis, clandestine drug operations and human toxicology.
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