Ecotoxicology and Environmental Forensic is a research Unit of the National Centre for Energy and Environment. The Unit was created with the aim of providing a battery of biomarkers and safe limits for industrial chemicals and pesticides used in Nigeria. The Unit conducts empirical studies which involve field survey and laboratory experimentation. Ecotoxicological trials which involves short-term (acute) and long-term (sub chronic) exposures are conducted using whole effluent toxicity testing, toxicity identification evaluation/toxicity reduction evaluation, dredged material testing, solid waste leachates testing, sediment and soil toxicity testing, water effect ratio studies, water quality testing.
We also conduct chemical trace analysis, elemental trace analysis, industrial and municipal wastewaters analysis and industrial plant environmental monitoring and safety. Studies are designed to assess the biological effects of organic and inorganic contaminants using amphibians/reptiles, fish, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates (e.g. zooplankton, insects, snails, and earthworms), phytoplankton, aquatic and terrestrial vascular plants to determine effects on survival, growth, development and reproduction.
To determine, predict and prevent the associated effects and risks of contaminants and develop strategies for monitoring them
To identify the source and fate of toxic substances in the environment
To work with federal, state and local stakeholders to identify ways to reduce ecological risks while protecting public health
The specific functions of the unit takes its root from the Centre’s mandate and are as follows:
- To develop approach for screening dominant risk stressors
- To document environmental degraded sites in Niger Delta Region
- To evaluate and monitor polluted waters
- To conduct hazard and risk assessment of contaminants
- To conduct ecotoxicological trials and environmental criteria for new chemicals.
- To disseminate research findings