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Dr. Christopher J. Kennedy

Job Title: Associate Professor
Employer: Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Place of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Public School attended: Hastings Elementary, Vancouver
High School attended: Templeton High, Vancouver
Further Education: Simon Fraser University (B.Sc., Ph.D.)
Geographic focus of research: BC, Alberta, Alaska, Hawaii, USA

Brief synopsis of current research:
The broader goals of my research program are to understand the fate and effects of anthropogenic and natural xenobiotics in aquatic organisms. I am currently focussing on environmental and life history modifiers of xenobiotic fate and effects. I am also examining the energetic costs of detoxification in fish as well as specific toxicants which affect organism development, reproduction and immunology.

Mailing address:
Dept. Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5A 1S6
Phone: (604)291-5640; Fax: (604)291-3496

Recent Publications:

Kennedy, CJ, McDonald, LE, Loveridge, RA, and MM Strosher. (2000). The effect of bioaccumulated selenium on mortalities and deformities in the eggs, larvae and fry of a wild population of cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi). Arch. Environ.Contam. Toxicol. vol 38. (in press)

Johnston, BD, Alexander, G and CJ Kennedy. (1999). Thermal modulation of the toxicokinetics of benzo[a]pyrene in isolated hepatocytes of sablefish, black rockfish and chub mackerel. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. C 124: 157-164.

Seubert, JM and CJ Kennedy. (1997) The toxicokinetics of benzo[a]pyrene in juvenile coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch, during smoltification. Fish Physiol Biochem. 16: 437-447.

Lemke, MA and CJ Kennedy. (1997). The uptake, distribution and metabolism of benzo[a]pyrene in coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kistutch) during the par-smolt transformation. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 16:1384-1388.

Kennedy, CJ, NJ Gassman and PJ Walsh. (1992). The fate of benzo[a]pyrene in the scleractinian corals Favia fragum and Montastrea annularis. Marine Biology 113:313-318.

Freshwater and marine systems are the ultimate sinks of contaminants which enter the environment. In order to protect our natural resources for economic and ecological reasons, basic and applied research into the fate and effects of toxicants in aquatic ecosystems is of paramount importance. The research career path in this area not only provides for a good standard of living, but is also very professionally and personally rewarding.