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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


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
          Atmospheric environment
          Food web transfer
          Marine environment
          Marine ecosystem
          Aquatic organisms
     Great Lakes
          Domestic substances
     Water Quality
          Extraction techniques
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