Karen Kidd

Karen Kidd is a Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health at McMaster University and is cross-appointed in the Department of Biology and the School of Geography and Earth Science. She holds BSc in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Guelph (1991) and a PhD in Biology from the University of Alberta (1996). She previously served as 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). Karen’s primary research interests include contaminants in Aquatic Food Webs, Forest management and stream health, Dams and dam removal. With her research teams Dr Kidd does 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. Dr Kidd is the author of over 100 research publications. At UNU-INWEH, Karen contributes to water-related health risks work and engages in the development of the new joint UNU-INWEH- McMaster Master’s Degree Programme in global water leadership. She is also a member of the joint UNU-INWEH-McMaster University collaboration Committee.

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