SCIENCE FOR NATURE MANAGEMENT & CONSERVATION
Environmental Science encompasses the study of the relationships between the human being and the natural world. This includes a multidisciplinary approach to environmental problems and sustainable solutions based on the “One Health” concept. Azeral Environmental Sciences with its specialization in Ecology and Ecotoxicology identifies the best strategies for sustainable management and conservation of the environment.
This is the study of the distribution, abundance and diversity of living organisms and the relationships among them and with the environment at any scale or organizational level. Our services within this area include:
We design and develop projects to evaluate and monitor environmental components, from abiotic elements to wildlife populations and communities (biodiversity).
Population and community ecology
We study the interactions among fauna, flora, and their environment which makes up an ecological community.
We study the physical, chemical and biological constituents of ecosystems to determine how matter and energy flow through them.
Diagnosis of ecosystem goods and services
We identify and evaluate the elements and services provided by ecosystems to support human society and our lifestyles.
We analyze human activities in urban environments and ecological processes affected by these activities, to identify paths towards sustainability.
We assess the spatial and temporal changes in the ecological processes within a region or landscape, examining the effects of human activities on landscape heterogeneity.
Ecophysiology – Environmental physiology
We study how living organisms succeed of fail to adapt their physiology to environmental conditions in response to anthropogenic impacts.
We study the recreational carrying capacity of natural areas, to determine environmental impacts from recreational uses of natural areas.
We provide scientific support to environmental projects focused on the reclamation, remediation, rehabilitation and/or restoration of habitats and ecosystems that have been degraded, damaged or destroyed by human activities.
This is the study of i) adverse effects of chemicals, produced, concentrated or released through human activities, upon native fauna and flora and biological communities and ecosystems, as well as ii) the processes and factors affecting the presence, transport, transformation and breakdown of anthropogenic chemicals in the terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric environments. Our services within this area include:
Biomonitoring of populations, communities and ecosystems
We identify and evaluate chemicals in both biological samples (tissues, organs and non-invasive samples) and abiotic environmental matrices (soils, sediments, water and air).
Environmental Risk Assessments (ERAs)
We design studies to evaluate and/or predict the real and/or potential health effects of environmental contaminants on animal populations (both wildlife and domestic), vegetation and ecosystems.
We study the exposure to- and effects from environmental pollution on wildlife health.
We evaluate and diagnose health problems caused by exposure to pollutants and poisons in both wildlife and domestic animal populations.
Food safety (Food toxicology)
We measure contaminating chemicals in human and animal food products and determine their suitability for consumption in accordance with the existing legislation.
Phytotoxicity studies and assays
We study the exposure of vegetation to chemical agents and effects on their growth and biological function.
Management of laboratory analyses
Azeral Environmental Sciences experts collaborate with quality assured Chemistry, Physiology, Ecotoxicology and Toxicology laboratories, to provide analytical support for biotic (biological samples) and abiotic (soil, air, water) samples. We specialize in assessing biomarkers of exposure, effects and susceptibility to chemical contaminants and other environmental and anthropogenic stressors.