Karen Kidd Lab

Karen KiddI have been with the Biology Department and Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick Saint John since 2004. I am a Professor of Biology and hold a Canada Research Chair in Chemical Contamination of Food Webs (Tier II 2004-2014; Tier I 2015-2022). 

The main focus of the research we do in my lab is on understanding the effects of human activities on aquatic ecosystems. Our research understands how industrial, agricultural, aquacultural and municipal effluents affect aquatic organisms, and why fish and other aquatic life from some areas are higher in contaminants than others.

We also conduct whole system experiments at the Long-Term Ecological Wetlands Area (LEWA) near Gagetown, New Brunswick, and the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), near Kenora, Ontario, to understand how pesticides, nutrients and other stressors affect freshwater food webs.  In addition, we are part of the Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (MAES) to assess the potential effects of dam removal on the Saint John River ecosystem.

Recent Reports/Papers:

Walters, D.M., T.D. Jardine, B.S. Cade, K.A. Kidd, D.C.G. Muir, and P. Leipzig-Scott. 2016. Trophic magnification of organic chemicals - a global synthesis. Environ. Sci. Technol. online 20 April 2016

Van Geest, J.L., et al. 2015. Development of baseline data for long-term monitoring of sediment conditions at reference sites in Saint John Harbour, New Brunswick: benthic infaunal invertebrates and sediment contaminants 2011-2013. Can. Manuscr. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3076: v + 97 p.

Co-Editor of Global WHO/UNEP Report "State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - 2012"

See all of my publications through the link below.  My CV etc. can be found on the "People" then "Staff" page.

Google Scholar Link

New Papers from Whole-lake Estrogen Experiment: 

Blanchfield, P.J. et al.  2015. Recovery of a wild fish population from whole-lake additions of the potent estrogen in the birth control pill.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 10.1021/es5060513.

Kidd, K.A. et al. 2014. Direct and indirect responses of a freshwater food web to a potent synthetic oestrogen. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B. 1656: 20130578.

Here is my Twitter link:

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