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P.h.D. University of Toronto, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 2009. Thesis Title: Sources and Fate of Organochlorine Pesticides in North America and the Arctic

M.A.Sc., University of Toronto, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1997. Thesis Title: Air-Water Gas Exchange of Toxaphene in Arctic Regions

B.Sc., University of Waterloo, Department of Chemistry, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1995. Honours Applied Chemistry

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Liisa M. Jantunen

Analytical Environmental Chemist - Manager of Organic Analysis Laboratory

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Identification of new and emerging compounds in the Great Lakes and Arcric environments including organophosphate flame retardants and plasticizers. Process research on transport and fate of Persistent, Bio-accumulative and Toxic substances (PBTs) focusing on air-water gas exchange of organochlorine pesticides, chiral compounds and currently used pesticides.

  • Identification of new and emerging compounds in the Great Lakes and Arctic environments.
  • Transport and fate of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxics compounds to the arctic.
  • Air-water gas exchange of legacy and current use pesticides in the Great Lakes and Arcrtic.
  • Determination of physical-chemcial properties of PBTs.


Northern Contaminants Program Researcher

ArcticNet Collaborator

Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN): acting Principal Investigator between April 2009-March 2010 and April-July 2007




Jantunen, L.M., Wong, F., Kylin, H., Helm, P.A., Stern, G.A., Strachan, W.M.J., Burniston, D.A., Bidleman, T.F. Air-Water Gas Exchange of Current Use and Legacy Pesticides in Arctic Regions, Environmental Science and Technology, submitted, 2013.

Bidleman, T.F., Stern, G.A., Tomy, T.G., Hargrave, B.T., Jantunen, L.M., Macdonald, R.W. 2013. Scavenging Amphipods - Sentinels for Penetration of Mercury and Persistent Organic Chemicals into Food Webs of the Deep Arctic Ocean, Environ. Sci. Technol. In press.

Bidleman, T.F., Jantunen, L.M., Kurt-Karakus, P.B., Wong, F., 2012. Chiral persistent organic pollutants as tracers of atmospheric sources and fate: review and prospects for investigating climate change influences Atmos. Pollut. Res. 3, 371-382

Bidleman, T.F., Jantunen, L.M., Kurt-Karakus, P.B., Wong, F., Hung, H., Ma, J., Stern, G.A. Rosenberg, B., 2012. Chiral Chemicals as Tracers of Atmospheric Sources and Fate Processes in a World of Changing Climate, ISMS, in press.

Melymuk, L., Robson, M., Diamond, M., Helm, P., Kaltenecker, G., Backus, S., Bradley, L., Csiszar, S., Blanchard, P., Jantunen, L. 2012. From the City to the Lake: Loadings of PCBs, PBDEs, PAHs and PCMs from Toronto to Lake Ontario, Environmental Science and Technology, submitted.

Pucko, M., Stern, G.A., Jantunen, L.M., Bidleman, T.F., Wong, F., Barber, D.G., Macdonald, R.W. 2012. Organic contaminant enrichment in the melt pond water on the Arctic sea ice. 2. Risk of increased exposures to current-use versus legacy pesticides Environmental Science and Technology, submitted.

Wong, F., Jantunen, L.M., Papakyriakou, T., Staebler, R.M., Stern, G.A., Bidleman, T.F., 2012. Comparison of Micrometeorological and Two-Film Estimates of Air-Water Gas Exchange for alpha-Hexachlorocyclohexane in the Canadian Archipelago Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 19, 1908-1914.

Zhang, A., Fang, L., Wang, J., Liu, W., Yuan, H., Jantunen, L., Li, Y-F. Residues of Currently and Never Used Organochlorine Pesticides in Agricultural Soils from Zhejiang Province, China, J Ag. Food Chem. 2012, 60, 2982−2988.

Wong, F., Jantunen, L., Pucko, M. Papakyriakou, T., Stern, G., Bidleman, T., 2011, Air-Water Exchange of Anthropogenic and Natural Organohalogens on International Polar Year (IPY) Expeditions in the Canadian Arctic, Environment Science and Technology, 2011, 45, 876–881.

Hung, H., Bidleman, T., Breivik, K., Halsall, C., Harner, T., Holoubek, I., Jantunen, L., Kallenborn, R., Lammel, G., Li, Y-F., Ma, J., Meyer, T., Simonich, S., Su, Y., Sweetman, A., Weiss, P. HTAP 2010 Assessment Report Chapter C2: Observations and Capabilities. Edited by Sergey Dutchak and Andre Zuber AIR POLLUTION STUDIES No. 19 EMEP/MSC-E. ISBN 978-92-1-117045-0.

Covaci, A., Gheorghe, A., Meijer, S., Jaward, F., Jantunen, L., Neels, H., Jones, K.C. 2010. Investigation of source apportioning for a-HCH using enantioselective analysis. Environment International, 36, 316-322.

Kurt-Karakus, P., Bidleman, T., Muir, D.C.G., Cagampan, S., Struger, J., Sverko, E., Small, J.M., Jantunen, L.M. 2010. Mecoprop, dichloroprop and metolachlor in Ontario streams, 2006-2007 vs. 2003-2004. Environmental Pollution, 158, 1842-1849.

Lohmann R., Jantunen L., Gioia R., Jones K.C., Nizzetto L., Temme C., Xie Z., Schulz-Bull D., Hand I., Morgan E. 2009. Organochlorine pesticides and PAHs in the surface water and atmosphere of the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. Environmental Science and Technology, 43, 5633-5639.

Genualdi, S., Simonich, S., Primbs, T., Bidleman, T., Jantunen, L., Ryoo, K.-S., Zhu, T. 2009. Enantiomeric signature of organochlorine pesticides in Asian, trans-Pacific and western U.S. air masses. Environmental Science and Technology 43, 2806-2811.

Jantunen, L.M. and T.F. Bidleman. 2008. Air-Water Gas Exchange of Chiral and Achiral Organochlorine Pesticides in the Great Lakes. Atmospheric Environment 42, 8533-8542.

Jantunen, L.M., P.A. Helm, T.F. Bidleman and H. Kylin. 2008. Hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs) in the Canadian archipelago, 2. air-water gas exchange of a, and g-HCHs. Environment Science and Technology. 42: 465-470.

Jantunen, L.M. and T.F. Bidleman. 2005. Henry’s Law Constants for hexachlorobenzene, p,p’-DDE and components of technical chlordane and estimates of gas exchange for Lake Ontario. Chemosphere. 62: 1689-1696.

Jantunen, L.M., H. Kylin and T.F. Bidleman. 2004. Air-Water Gas Exchange of HCHs in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Deep Sea Research. 51: 2661-2672.

Jantunen, L.M. and T.F. Bidleman. 2003. Air-water gas exchange of toxaphene in Lake Superior. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 22, 1229-1237.

Jantunen, L.M. and T. Bidleman. 2000. Temperature Dependent Henry’s Law Constant for Technical Toxaphene. Chemosphere: Global Change Science. 2: 225-231.

Jantunen, L.M., T. Bidleman and T. Harner. 2000. Toxaphene, Chlordane and Other Organochlorine Pesticides in Alabama Air. Environmental Science and Technology. 34: 5097-5105

Jantunen, L and T. Bidleman. 1998. Organochlorine pesticides and enantiomers of chiral pesticides in Arctic Ocean water. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 35: 218-228.

Jantunen, L. and T. Bidleman. 1996. Air-water gas exchange of hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs) and the enantiomers of a-HCH in Arctic regions. Journal of Geophysical Research, 101, 28837-28846.

Jantunen, L. and T. Bidleman. 1995. Reversal of the air-water gas exchange direction of hexachlorocyclohexanes in the Bering and Chukchi seas: 1993 versus 1988. Environmental Science and Technology, 29, 1081-1089.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Adaptation & Impacts
          Environmental contaminants
     Air Pollution & Quality
          Atmospheric transport
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Pesticides and herbicides
Arctic & Northern
          Atmospheric environment
          Brominated flame retardants (BFRs)
          Marine environment
Pollution & Waste
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Pesticides and herbicides
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Pharmaceuticals and personal care products
     Great Lakes
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