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AWARDS / EDUCATION

Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, Environment Canada

Ph.D. Environmental Chemistry, University of Toronto

M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry, McGill University

B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science - Chemistry, Carleton University

 

Dr. Amila O. De Silva

Research Scientist - Environmental chemistry of priority and emerging organic pollutants

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Develop knowledge on the distribution, fate and bioaccumulation of priority substances for assessment and management of chemicals

  • Conduct bioaccumulation and biotransformation of candidate persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in aquatic organisms including invertebrate
  • Interrogate sources of candidate POPs based on environmental distribution and patterns of pollution
  • Contribute information on the environmental fate and disposition including persistence, bioaccumulation, and long range transport potential of chemicals relating to the Chemicals Management Plan
  • Studies on new contaminants in foodwebs such as those of the Great Lakes and Arctic terrestrial

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Lee, H., A.O. De Silva, and S.A. Mabury. 2012. Dietary bioaccumulation of perfluorophosphonates and perfluorophosphinates in juvenile Rainbow Trout: evidence of metabolism of perfluorophosphinates. Environ. Sci. Technol. in press.

De Solla, S.R., A.O. De Silva, and R.J. Letcher. 2012. Highly elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate and other perfluorinated acids found in biota and surface water downstream of an international airport, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Environ. Intern. 39: 19-26.

Müller, C.E., A.O. De Silva, J. Small, M. Williamson, X. Wang, A. Morris, S. Katz, M. Gamberg, and D.C.G. Muir. 2011. Biomagnification of perfluorinated compounds in a remote terrestrial food chain: lichen-caribou-wolf. Environ. Sci. Technol., 45: 8665:8673.

De Silva, A.O., C. Spencer, B.F. Scott, S. Backus, and D.C.G. Muir. 2011. Detection of a cyclic perfluorinated acid, perfluoroethylcyclohexane sulfonate in the Great Lakes of North America. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45: 8060-8066.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

Arctic & Northern
     Contaminants
          Atmospheric environment
          Food web transfer
          Marine environment
     Wildlife
          Marine ecosystem
          Pollutants
Water
     Freshwater
          Aquatic organisms
          Ecosystems
     Great Lakes
          Contaminants
          Fish
     Groundwater
          Contaminants
          Domestic substances
          Pollutants
          Snowmelt
     Wastewater
          Effluents
     Water Quality
          Bioaccumulation/biomagnification
          Extraction techniques