Researcher Profile

William (Bill) T. Dushenko

Job Title: Professor, Applied Research Division
Employer: Royal Roads University
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Millwood Public School
High School attended: Silverthorne Collegiate Institute
Further Education: University of Western Ontario (B.Sc. - Ecology and Evolution), Queen's University (M.Sc., Ph.D. - Biology)
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, Yukon

Brief synopsis of current research:
As an environmental biologist and freshwater ecologist working in a multidisciplinary field, Bill's research interests include terrestrial/aquatic ecology and biodiversity; the role of plants as ecosystem indicators and in the environmental cycling and fate of contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial systems; contaminant/nutrient relationships between plants and soils/sediments; effects of land use on sediment and water quality; contaminated site investigations; environmental impact assessment, and risk management for the public and private sector; and coastal wetland and aquatic plant research. Bill has also been instrumental in setting up two long-term ecological monitoring plots on the RRU property as part of the larger UNESCO Smithonian Institute/Man and the Biosphere (SI/MAB) to examine the impacts from human activities and on ecosystems. Additional plots are currently being set up to monitor the effects of atmospheric pollutants and global climate change on ecosystems.



Recent Publications:

Braune, B., D. Muir, B. DeMarch, M. Gamberg, K. Poole, R. Currie, M. Dodd, W. Dushenko, J. Earner, B. Elkin, M. Evans, S. Grundy, C. Herbert, R. Johnstone, K. Kidd, B. Koenig, L. Lockhart, H. Marshall, K. Reimer, J. Sanderson and L. Shutt. 1999. Spatial and temporal trends of contaminants in Canadian Arctic freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems: a review. The Science of the Total Environment 230: 145-207.

Grundy, S.L., D. A. Bright, W.T. Dushenko, M. Dodd, S. Englander, K. Johnston, D. Pier and K.J. Reimer. 1997. Dioxin and furan signatures in northern Canadian soils: correlation to source signatures using multivariate unmixing techniques. Chemosphere 34 (5-7): 1203-1219.

Dushenko, W.T., S.L. Grundy and K.J. Reimer. 1996. Vascular plants as sensitive indicators of lead and PCB transport from local sources in the Canadian Arctic. Science of the Total Environment 188: 29-38.

Dushenko, W.T., D.A. Bright and K.J. Reimer, 1995. Arsenic bioaccumulation and toxicity in aquatic macrophytes exposed to gold-mine effluent: relationships with environmental partitioning, metal uptake and nutrients. Aquat. Bot., 50: 141-158.

Bright, D.A., W.T. Dushenko, S.L. Grundy and K.J. Reimer, 1995. Effects of local and distant contaminant sources: polychlorinated biphenyls and other organochlorines in bottom-dwelling animals from an Arctic estuary. Sci. Total. Environ., 160/161: 265-283.

I feel that there is an important need for existing and emerging scientists to conduct not only effective and meaningful research towards furthering the science of aquatic systems, but also to continually forge important links between science, management, and policy. Much of this responsibility lies with our research scientists who are continually developing and building our existing base of knowledge. Being able to effectively communicate not only research results, but also their implications and meaning in this larger context to decision-makers and the public will be essential for fostering the ecological sustainability of our aquatic ecosystems.