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Derek Muir

Derek Muir

Academic Title: Adjunct Professor, Project Chief and Research Scientist, Aquatic Ecosystems Protection Research Division, Water Science & Technology Directorate, Environment Canada

Phone: 905-319-6921

Office: Environment Canada, 867 Lakeshore Road, Burlington ON L7R 4A6



Dr. Muir's research interests are focus broadly on the environmental chemistry and biogeochemistry of persistent organic contaminants, mercury and other metals. A major focus is the development or refinement of analytical methodologies for newly emerging persistent chemicals such as fluorinated surfactants and brominated flame retardants. This involves use of liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and high resolution mass spectrometry. His major interests center on understanding bioaccumulation and bioavailability of persistent and bioaccumulative chemicals in the aquatic and terrestrial environments under field and laboratory conditions with special emphasis on food chain transfer. Field sites are in the Arctic and sub-arctic regions of Canada as well as in the Great Lakes. He has also worked on projects in Africa and the southeastern USA and collaborates extensively with scientists in the USA (Alaska), Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Sweden and the UK. Much of this work is done by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, located at Canada Centre for Inland Waters (Burlington, ON) in collaboration with university colleagues. They are supported by technical personnel within the PSEx section in Burlington. He currently co-supervises four graduate students in Environmental Biology at University of Guelph and serves on the advisory committees of three PhD students in Chemistry at University of Toronto, as well as students at University of Waterloo (Biology), University of Northern British Columbia, and UniversitÚ Laval (Biologie).

Selected Publications

Gantner N., K÷ck, G., Babaluk J., Reist J., Lockhart W.L., Power, M., Solomon K. and Muir, D.C.G. 2009. Temporal trends of mercury, cesium, potassium, selenium, and thallium in Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) from Lake Hazen (Nunavut): Effects of trophic position, size and age. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 28: 254-263.

Gouteux, B., Alaee, M., Mabury, S., Pacepavicius, G., Muir, D. 2008. Brominated flame retardant polymers: a possible source for emerging brominated aromatic compounds in the environment. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42: 9039-9044.

Houde, M., G. Czub, J.M. Small, S. Backus, X. Wang, M. Alaee, D.C.G. Muir. 2008. Fractionation of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) isomers in a Lake Ontario food web. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42: 9397-9403.

Muir, D.C.G. and P.H. Howard. 2006. Are there New Persistent Organic Pollutants? A Challenge for Environmental Chemists. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40: 7157-7166.

Butt, C.M., D.C.G. Muir, I. Stirling, M. Kwan and S.A. Mabury. 2007. Rapid Response of Arctic Ringed Seals to Changes in Perfluoroalkyl Production. Environ. Sci. Technol. 41: 42-49.

Breivik, K., F. Wania, D.C.G. Muir, M. Alaee, S. Backus and G. Pacepavicius. 2006. Empirical and Modeling Evidence of the Long-Range Atmospheric Transport of Decabromodiphenyl Ether. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40: 4612-4618.

Houde, M., J.W. Martin, R.J. Letcher, K.R. Solomon and D.C.G. Muir. 2006. Biological monitoring of polyfluoroalkyl compounds: a review. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40: 3463-3473.