Doug BrightResearcher Profile

Doug A. Bright

Job Title: Professor - Applied Research
Employer: Royal Roads University
Place of Birth: Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
High School attended: Parkland Composite High School, Edson, Alberta
Further Education: University of Victoria (B.Sc. - 1984; M.Sc. - 1987; Ph.D. - 1991).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, Yukon, Nunavut.

Brief synopsis of current research:
My graduate studies focused on marine benthic ecology, molluscs, and histopathology. The major focus of my research since then has been on elucidating how contaminants (arsenic, PCBs, chlorinated pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons) move through ecosystems. The research spans small scale processes affecting contaminant fate to global processes, including the interplay of biogeochemical cycling and climate change.

Mailing address:
Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Rd., Victoria, B.C., V9B 5Y2
Tel. 250-391-2584; Fax 250-391-2560.

Recent Publications:

Muir, D., B. Braune, B. DeMarche, R. Norstrom, R. Wagemann, L. Lockhart, B. Hargrave, D. Bright, R. Addison, J. Payne, K. Reimer. 1999. Spatial and temporal trends and effects of contaminants in the Canadian Arctic marine ecosystem: a review. The Science of the Total Environment, 230: 83-144.

Bright, D.A., W.J. Cretney, R.W Macdonald, M. Ikononmou and S.L. Grundy, 1999. Differentiation of sources of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and -furans in Howe Sound and the Georgia Strait, British Columbia. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 18: 1109-1117.

Bright, D.A., M. Dodd, and K. J. Reimer, 1996. Arsenic in subarctic lakes influenced by gold mine effluent: The occurrence of organoarsenicals and 'hidden' arsenic. The Science of the Total Environment, 180: 165-182.

Bright, D.A., S.L. Grundy and K.J. Reimer, 1995. Differential bioccumulation of non-ortho-substituted and other PCB congeners in coastal Arctic invertebrates and fish (Myoxocephalus quadricornis, M. scorpius, Gadus ogac and Salvelinus alpinus). Environmental Science and Technology, 29, 2504 - 2512.

Bryan, G. W., D.A. Bright, L.G. Hummerstone and G.R. Burt, 1993. Uptake, tissue distribution and metabolism of 14C-labelled tributyltin (TBT) in the Dog-whelk, Nucella lapillus. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 73, 889-912.

I believe that two fields of scientific study are particularly relevant to our modern society and the planet. These are limnology and oceanography. Why? Because the aquatic sciences by the very nature of the ecosystems which we study require us to develop an understanding of not just specific organisms or narrow and isolated processes, but of the complex interplay between meteorology, chemistry, geology, microbiology, physiology and ecology. Limnology and oceanography are among the original interdisciplinary sciences, and allow those who work in the fields to fully exercise their brains and creativity in regularly narrowing in and then focusing out along geographic and time scales. In other words, using the same scientific tools and ideas, we can begin to understand what happens in our back yard and on a global scale. We can focus in on what might happen tomorrow under a certain set of conditions, and on sleuthing out what happened 200,000 years ago - or what changes might occur in the next 1,000 years. Finally, the interdisciplinary skills that aquatic scientists tend to develop makes them valuable assets in helping to resolve important societal and planetary issues related to environmental impact, natural resource management, ensuring safe freshwater supplies in regions around the world, wastewater treatment, aquaculture, watershed protection and restoration, and so on.