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B.Sc., Biology, University of Toronto, 1976

M.Sc., Zoology, University of Guelph, 1979

Ph.D., Zoology, University of Guelph, 1985


Birgit M. Braune

Research Scientist - Contaminant Monitoring and Surveys

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure wildlife is conserved and protected

  • Spatial and temporal trends of contaminants in Arctic marine biota
  • Effect of climate change on temporal trends of contaminants in Arctic marine birds
  • Effects of toxic chemicals on Arctic marine birds


Designated Contributing Expert for Canada, Mercury Expert Group and Persistent Organic Pollutants Expert Group for the international Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (Lead author of the Temporal Trends chapter in AMAP Assessment 2011: Mercury in the Arctic)

Assessment lead for the Canadian Arctic Contaminants Assessment Report III 2012: Mercury in Canada's North

Research grant proposal reviewer for national and international granting agencies (e.g., U.S. National Science Foundation and North Pacific Research Board, Research Council of Norway) and for manuscripts submitted to scientific journals (e.g., Editorial Board Member, Environmental Pollution, Science of the Total Environment)

Session organizer and co-chair for international scientific conferences (e.g., 1st World Seabird Conference 2010, 10th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant 2011)


Braune, B.M., S. Trudeau, D.A. Jeffrey and M.L. Mallory. 2011. Biomarker responses associated with halogenated organic contaminants in northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) breeding in the Canadian Arctic. Environmental Pollution, 159: 2891-2898.

Braune, B.M., A.M. Scheuhammer, D. Crump, S. Jones, E. Porter and D. Bond. 2012. Toxicity of methylmercury injected into eggs of thick-billed murres and arctic terns. Ecotoxicology, 21: 2143-2152.

Braune, B.M. and R.L. Letcher. 2013. Perfluorinated sulfonate and carboxylate compounds in eggs of seabirds breeding in the Canadian Arctic: temporal trends (1975-2011) and inter-species comparison. Environmental Science and Technology, 47: 616-624.

Dietz, R., N. Basu, B. Braune, T. O'Hara, T. Scheuhammer, C. Sonne et al. 2013. What are the toxicological effects of mercury in Arctic biota? Science of the Total Environment, 443: 775-790.

Riget, F., B. Braune, A. Bignert, S. Wilson, J. Aars, E. Born et al. 2011. Temporal trends of Hg in Arctic biota, an update. Science of the Total Environment, 409: 3520-3526.

Verreault, J., L.B. Helgason, G.W. Gabrielsen, M. Dam and B.M. Braune. 2013. Contrasting retinoid and thyroid hormone status in differentially-contaminated northern fulmar colonies from the Canadian Arctic, Svalbard and the Faroe Islands. Environment International, 52: 29-40.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

Arctic & Northern
          Bird populations
Nature & Wildlife
     Effects of Toxics
     Wildlife Populations
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