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Member, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) since 1997

Chair since 2007, Inter-Governmental Ecotoxicological Testing Group (IGETG); member since 2005

Lead Assessor, Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) since 2006


Ph.D., McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

B.Sc., University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Environment Canada Recognition Award 2007


Dr. Lisa N. Taylor

Manager - Method Development and Applications Unit, Biological Assessment & Standardization Section

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Support Science and Technology with the development, validation and standardization of biological test methods for the toxicological assessment of pollutants in aquatic ecosystems; Assessment of risks to Canadians and their environment posed by pollutants or other harmful or dangerous substances

  • Developing new sublethal biological test methods looking at amphibian reproduction, sea urchin solid-phase fertilization, and fathead minnow reproduction
  • The application of toxicity test methods in the CCME Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent
  • The use of sublethal toxicity tests in the Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) programs for the Mining and Pulp and Paper Sectors
  • The use of existing standardized toxicity test methods and the possible future development of new tests to adequately assess nanomaterials
  • Statistical software development for analyzing ecotoxicity test data


Aquatic toxicology

Fish physiology and metal toxicity

Quality Assurance / Quality Control in Toxicology Laboratories

Invited contributor to the special Biotic Ligand Model volume of the journal Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology in 2002


Taylor, L.N., L.A. Van der Vliet, and R.P. Scroggins. 2010. Sublethal toxicity testing of Canadian metal mining effluents:  National trends and site-specific uses. Hum. Ecol. Risk Assess. 16:264-281.

McGeer, J.C., S. Nadella, D.H. Alsop, L. Hollis, L.N. Taylor, D.G. McDonald and C.M. Wood. 2007. Influence of acclimation and cross-acclimation of metals on acute Cd toxicity and Cd uptake and distribution in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Aquatic Toxicology 84(2):190-197.

Taylor, L.N., W.J. McFarlane, G.G. Pyle, P. Couture and D.G. McDonald. 2004. Use of performance indicators in evaluating chronic metal exposure in wild yellow perch (Perca flavescens). Aquatic Toxicology 67(4):371-385.

Taylor, L.N., C.M. Wood and D.G. McDonald. 2003. An Evaluation of Sodium Loss and Gill Metal Binding Properties in Rainbow Trout and Yellow Perch to Explain Species Differences in Copper Tolerance. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 22(9): 2159–2166.

Taylor, L.N., D.W. Baker, C.M. Wood and D.G. McDonald. 2002. An in vitro approach for modelling branchial copper binding in rainbow trout. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology 133(1-2):111-124.

Taylor, L. N., J.C. McGeer, C.M. Wood and D.G. McDonald. 2000. Physiological Effects of Chronic Copper Exposure to Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Hard and Soft Water: Evaluation of Chronic Indicators. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 19(9): 2298–2308.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

Nature & Wildlife
     Effects of Toxics
          Methods development
Pollution & Waste
          Paper mills
          Pulp and paper
          Water quality
     Water Quality
          Bioassays, biomarkers
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