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Chris Metcalfe

Job Title: Professor, Environmental and Resource Studies
Employer: Trent University
Place of Birth: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
High School attended: Fort Richmond Collegiate, Winnipeg
Further Education: University of Manitoba (B.Sc.), University of New Brunswick (M.Sc.), McMaster University (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, Quebec, Great Lakes and the Estuary of St. Lawrence, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador

Brief synopsis of current research:
My current research focuses primarily on aquatic contaminants that can have effects on the functioning of the endocrine system in aquatic organisms; especially fish. I also am working on contaminants (e.g. PCBs, pesticides) in whales in the St. Lawrence estuary; including beluga whales and baleen whales. For instance, in Mexico we are working to try to reduce pollution in a river outside of Mexico City.

Recent Publications:

Gray, M.A.a, K.L. Teather and C.D. Metcalfe. 1999. Reproductive success and behaviour of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) exposed to 4-tert-octylphenol. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 18:2587-2594.

Hawrelak, M., E. Bennett and C. Metcalfe. 1999. The environmental fate of the primary degradation products of alkylphenol ethoxyklate surfactants in recycled paper sludge. Chemosphere 39:745-752.

Arcand-Hoy, L.D. and C.D. Metcalfe. 1999. Biomarkers of exposure of brown bullheads (Ameiurus nebulosus) to contaminants in the lower Great Lakes. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 18:740-749.

Metcalfe, C., T. Metcalfe, S. Ray, G. Paterson and B. Koenig. 1999. PCBs and organochlorine compounds in brain, liver and muscle of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from the Arctic and St. Lawrence estuary. Marine Environ. Res. 47:1-15.

Gauthier, J., C.D. Metcalfe and R. Sears. 1997. Chlorinated organic contaminants in blubber biopsies from northwestern Atlantic balaenopterid whales summering in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Marine Environ. Res. 44:201-223.

I chose my career intially because I loved being out on the water and I had a fascination for observing aquatic organisms, especialy fish. Later, I developed an interest in determining whether contaminants in water are threatening the health of fish and marine mammals, and ultimately endangering the health of humans.