backResearcher Profile

Lynda McCarthy

Job Title: Assistant Professor
Employer: Ryerson Polytechnic University
Place of Birth: Maple, Ontario, Canada
Public Schools attended: King Road School, Burlington, Ontario; Fairview School, Burlington, Ontario; Rolling Meadows School, Burlington, Ontario; Martin Street School, Milton, Ontario
High School attended: Milton District High School, Milton, Ontario
Further Education: Queen's University (B.Sc. - 1985), University of Waterloo (Ph.D. - 1994)
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, New Zealand

Brief synopsis of current research:
Mosquitofish or Gambusia affinis are being used in pulp mill effluent and sewage treatment plant effluent bioassays to assess androgenic potential of these wastestreams. These fish exhibit external transsexual morphological modifications when exposed to endocrine-disrupting compounds. Also, earthworms or Terrestris lumbricus and lettuce seedlings or Lactuca sativa are being used to assess the impact of land-applied lagoon sludge on forest biomes.

Mailing address:
Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Chemical Engineering, Ryerson Polytechnic University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Ontario. M5B 2K3

Recent Publications:

McCarthy, L.H., K.R. Munkittrick, B.R. Blunt, G.J. Van Der Kraak, C.S. Wood, and J. Parrott. Steroid levels in goldfish exposed to pulp mill effluent. In: T.R. Stuthridge, N.M. Marvin, A.H. Slade, and J.S. Gifford. (Editors). Aquatic Impacts of Pulp and Paper Effluents. 3rd International Conference on Environmental Fate and Effects of Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents. SETAC. In Press.

K.R. Munkittrick, M.E. McMaster, L.H. McCarthy, M.R. Servos, and G.J. Van Der Kraak. 1998. An overview of recent studies on the potential of pulp mill effluents to impact reproductive function in fish. J. Toxicol. Environ. Health. Part B. Vol. 1:101-125.

McCarthy, L.H., T.G. Williams, G.R. Stephens, J. Peddle, K. Robertson, and D.J. Gregor. 1997. Baseline studies in the Slave River, NWT, 1990-1994: Part I. Evaluation of the chemical quality of water and suspended sediment from the Slave River (NWT). Sci. Total Environ. 197 (1-3):21-53.

McCarthy, L.H., G.R. Stephens, D.M. Whittle, J. Peddle, S. Harbicht, C. LaFontaine, and D.J. Gregor. 1997. Baseline studies in the Slave River, NWT, 1990-1994: Part II. Body burden contaminants in whole fish tissue and livers. Sci. Total Environ. 197(1-3):55-86.

McCarthy, L.H., K. Robertson, R.H. Hesslein, and T.G. Williams. 1997. Baseline studies in the Slave River, NWT, 1990-1994: Part IV. Evaluation of benthic invertebrate populations and stable isotope analysis. Sci. Total Environ. 197(1-3):111-125.