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Karen Kidd

Karen Kidd

Adjunct Professor, McMaster University
 
Dr Karen Kidd is an ecotoxicologist and her research program is about understanding the effects of diverse human activities on aquatic food webs and on the fate of persistent contaminants in freshwaters. Karen and her students conduct field studies to assess how runoff from agriculture, aquaculture and forest harvesting impacts aquatic ecosystems, how emerging and legacy contaminants in wastewaters affect the health of aquatic organisms and food webs, and why fish from some systems, including remote Arctic lakes, are more contaminated with pollutants of global concern including mercury. Karen joined McMaster University in 2017 as the Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health and is cross-appointed in the Department of Biology and the School of Geography and Earth Science (http://www.biology.mcmaster.ca/kidd). Before that she was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Chemical Contamination of Food Webs at the University of New Brunswick (2004-2013) and a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (1998-2004).