Dr. Gregory Ross, PhD, holds the MAG Aerospace Chair in Environment and Health Surveillance at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. The Industrial Research Chair in Health and Environment is sponsored by NOSM, the Northern Ontario Heritage Foundation and in collaboration with MAG Aerospace. In addition to salary support for the position, research funding from NOHFC, FedNor, NOSM and other sources has been secured with a total research budget for the project of approximately $3M. Dr. Ross’ research program is responsible for research on algae pollutants of the waterways of Northern Ontario. Specifically, Dr. Ross combines his expertise in human and biological sciences with experience in identification of unique characteristics of algae contamination utilizing advanced remote-sensing technologies. Working with the industrial partner, MAG Aerospace, Dr. Ross will develop a more rapid, accurate and economical means of identifying waterways contaminated with potentially harmful blue-green algae blooms in order to address a longstanding health problem in Northern Ontario.