Ian A. Gardner, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology, enhances Canada's leadership in this industry by studying aquatic ecosystems and managing diseases in populations of sustainably produced aquatic food animals. Gardner is developing cost-effective testing strategies and surveillance programs for the prevention and control of diseases, and is investigating disease dynamics and health interactions between farmed and wild fish populations.
Gardner's research will help aquaculture regulators in Canada make science-based decisions to maintain healthy food production in our marine environments. It is of utmost importance to Canada's coastal economies, and strengthens the University of Prince Edward Island's position as a global leader in aquatic and veterinary epidemiology.
Gardner anchors an already successful and proven collaborative team at the university's Atlantic Veterinary College. With Gardner's expertise, these researchers are defining aquatic epidemiology, developing a new frontier of study, and providing the knowledge needed to help improve nutrition for people around the world.