(Biography) Dr. Hickie is an assistant professor in the Environmental and Resource Studies Program at Trent University where he teaches in a range of courses including statistical analysis, ecotoxicology, ecology of polluted ecosystems, and contaminant fate modelling. Dr. Hickie’s research involves study of fate of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems, their bioaccumulation through foodwebs and particularly accumulation by wildlife such as marine mammals, mink and river otter. Through this research he has developed expertise in modelling the multi-media fate or organic chemicals using fugacity-based models and their bioaccumulation by individual species and through food webs. With funding from the Northern Contaminants program, NSERC and other sources, Dr. Hickie has developed a number of novel models for POPs bioaccumulation by six species marine mammals (including beluga, ringed seals, orcas and bottlenose dolphins), and a mercury accumulation model for mink. The marine mammal models have been used to examine temporal trends and the risk associated with exposure histories for PCBs and other POPs in marine mammal populations from various locations in Canada, the U.S.A. and Taiwan. In recent years, Dr Hickie’s research has increasingly focused on the fate and bioaccumulation of mercury in aquatic ecosystems through projects supported by the Collaborative Mercury Research Network (COMERN) and the ongoing ArcticNet project "Effects of Climate Change on Carbon and Contaminant Cycling in the Arctic Coastal and Marine Ecosystems”.
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