Brief synopsis of current research:
My primary position rests with the Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts Branch of the National Water Research Institute of Environment Canada, and I am currently on assignment with the Department of Biology. Environment Canada and UNB entered into an agreement to develop a cumulative effects assessment framework for the Saint John River basin, and the framework will be based on work we conducted over the past 10 years in Northern Ontario. My research interests have primarily been related to understanding the responses of fish populations to environmental stressors, with emphasis on being able to identify the causes in complex receiving environments. The main research areas involve:
1. Developing tools for assessing the cumulative effects of multiple discharges, including the development and application of new tools for environmental effects monitoring;
2. Understanding the responses of fish populations to stressors, and developing tools to focus monitoring and research programs;
3. Understanding the impacts of anthropogenic chemicals on the physiology of fish.
Munkittrick, K.R., M.E. McMaster, C. Portt, W.N. Gibbons, A. Farwell, L. Ruemper, M.R. Servos, J. Nickle and G.J. Van Der Kraak. 2000. The development of cumulative effects assessment tools using fish populations. Chapter 8, p. 149-174 In: Integrated Assessment of Ecosystem Health (Eds: K.M. Scow, G.E. Fogg, D.E. Hinton and M.L. Johnson), Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL (NWRI 97-12)
Munkittrick, K.R. and G. Van Der Kraak. 1999. Appropriate uses of physiological techniques for endocrine studies. p. 95-118. In: Standardization of Biomarkers for Endocrine Disruption and Environmental Assessment, (Eds: D.S. Henshel, M.C. Black and M.C. Harras), 8th Volume, Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment, ASTM 1364, American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, PA.
Munkittrick, K.R., 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 1: 101-125.
Gibbons, W.N., K.R. Munkittrick, and W.D. Taylor. 1998. Monitoring aquatic environments receiving industrial effluents using small fish species. 1. Response of spoonhead sculpin (Cottus ricei) downstream of a bleached kraft pulp mill. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 17: 2227-2237.
Gibbons, W.N., K.R. Munkittrick, M.E. McMaster, W.D. Taylor. 1998. Monitoring aquatic environments receiving industrial effluents using small fish species. 2. Comparison between responses of trout-perch (Percopsis omiscomaycus) and white sucker (Catostomus commersoni) downstream of a pulp mill Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 17: 2238-2245