PhD Oral Defense: Exposure science to investigate factors influencing mercury concentrations in non-piscivorous birds


Macdonald-Stewart Building MS2-022 (Faculty Lounge), 21111 Lakeshore Road, St Anne de Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9, CA

PhD Oral Defense of Marie Perkins, Department of Natural Resource Sciences

Mercury (Hg) is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that poses a significant threat to the health of humans, wildlife, and ecosystems. Efforts to reduce anthropogenic Hg emissions, such as the United Nations Environmental Programme Minamata Convention on Mercury, are vital to the protection of human and ecosystem health. Mercury exposure assessments of bioindicator species, such as birds, are critical to monitoring Hg in the environment and understanding how reductions in Hg emissions relate to the bioavailability of Hg within ecosystems and food webs, and ultimately its risk. The overall objective of this work was to increase understanding of ecological, physiological, and biochemical factors that influence blood and feather Hg concentrations in non-piscivorous bird species to improve Hg exposure assessments.

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