Dr. Mihok obtained a PhD in small mammal behavioral ecology in 1979 from the University of Alberta. After brief stint as a lecturer at the University of Dares Salaam in Tanzania, he worked for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Manitoba, conducting biomedical and ecological research on chronic radiation effects in small mammals. In 1988, he moved to Kenya to conduct applied research in sustainable development relative to vector-borne diseases, livestock production, and wildlife conservation with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. In 2000, he joined the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) as an environmental risk assessment specialist.
As a senior radioecologist at the CNSC, Dr. Mihok supports a team of environmental protection specialists that advises the Commission on the regulation of diverse nuclear facilities. This involves both assessment and compliance activities to ensure that nuclear industry activities do not pose an unreasonable risk to the environment. Canada has particularly advanced legislation for both environmental assessment and protection; hence, considerable scientific work is routinely being done at the CNSC in the field of environmental and human health risk assessment for both radionuclides and hazardous substances.
Dr. Mihok has published 75 scientific papers, and has supervised 4 PhD and 1 MSc students during his career.