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Honorary Research Associate, School of Graduate Studies, University of New Brunswick

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Biology, Queen's University

Member, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


M.Sc. Zoology, University of Toronto

B.Sc. Agriculture, McGill University


Neil Burgess

Wildlife Toxicologist - Wildlife Toxicology Research & Monitoring in Atlantic Canada

6 Bruce Street (Mount Pearl, NL)

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Assessing the impacts of toxic chemicals on wildlife health and populations in Atlantic Canada

  • Studying the bioaccumulation of mercury in aquatic ecosystems and mercury impacts on common loons and seabirds
  • Monitoring long-term trends of persistent toxic chemicals in Atlantic seabirds and ocean ecosystems
  • Studying the impacts of PCBs on seabird chicks at a contaminated site in the Canadian Arctic
  • Monitoring long-term trends of persistent toxic chemicals in European starlings and terrestrial ecosystems in Atlantic Canada
  • Developing an ecological risk assessment of mercury impacts on fish and wildlife across Canada


Leader of scientific team assessing the biological impacts of mercury in Canada under Environment Canada's Clean Air Regulatory Agenda

Member of the international Northeast Loon Study Workgroup

Co-supervised or mentored graduate students or post-doctoral fellows at: Acadia University, Antioch University, Atlantic Veterinary College, Environment Canada, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Queen's University, and University of New Brunswick


Depew, D.C., Burgess, N.M., and Campbell, L.M. 2013. Spatial patterns of methyl mercury risks to common loons and piscivorous fish in Canada. Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI: 10.1021/es403534q

Chen, D., Martin, P., Burgess, N.M., Champoux, L., Elliott, J.E., Forsyth, D.J., Idrissi, A., Letcher, R.J. 2013. European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) suggest that landfills are an important source of bioaccumulative flame retardants to Canadian terrestrial ecosystems. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47: 12238-12247.

Brown, T.M., Kuzyk, Z.A., Stow, J.P., Burgess, N.M., Solomon, S.M., Sheldon, T.A., and Reimer, K.J. 2013. An effects-based marine ecological risk assessment at a PCB-contaminated site in Saglek, Labrador. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32: 453-467.

Burgess, N.M., Bond, A.L., Hebert, C.E., Neugebauer, W.E., and Champoux, L. 2013. Mercury trends in herring gull (Larus argentatus) eggs from Atlantic Canada, 1972-2008: temporal change or dietary shift?Environ. Pollut. 172: 216-222.

Burgess, N.M. and Meyer, M.W. 2008. Methylmercury exposure associated with reduced productivity in common loons. Ecotoxicology, 17: 83-91.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

Arctic & Northern
          Food web transfer
          Marine environment
     Aquatic Ecosystems
Nature & Wildlife
     Effects of Toxics
          Bioindicator species
          Ecological risk assessment
          Endocrine disruption
          Food web transfer
          Heavy metals
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
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