Welcome to The McKinney Lab
at Mcgill UNiversity
Thanks for stopping by!
Here's a Wordle to give you an idea of what we're interested in:
Here's a link to a talk at The Wildlife Society (TWS 2015) by Melissa on Alaskan polar bears to show you the types of projects we're working on.
Here's a relevant quote on global climate change-contaminant linkages to give you an idea of what we do:
Last updated: June 2019
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What's going on:
PhD student, Anaïs Remili, has received a SETAC Student Travel Exchange Opportunity award
Anaïs' presentation at Mon Projet Nordique, organized jointly by FRQNT and INQ, has been selected to represent Québec at the international final during the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík in October!
Melissa has been awarded a Canada Research Chair Tier II in Ecological Change and Environmental Stressors
Check out the new review on contaminants in polar bears "State of knowledge on current exposure, fate and potential health effects of contaminants in polar bears from the circumpolar Arctic"
We tried curling with the Wildlife group!
Sara Pedro has received her PhD degree. Congratulations Dr. Pedro!
Check out our new Letter published in Science "Pollution threatens toothed whales".
Congratulations to MS student, Jen Bourque, for leading our new paper, "Feeding habits of a new Arctic predator: insight from full-depth blubber fatty acid signatures of Greenland, Faroe Islands, Denmark, and managed-care killer whales Orcinus orca", published as a Feature Article in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series!
MS student, Jen Bourque, is off to the field with USGS Polar Bear Biologists in Northern Alaska!
PhD student, Sara Pedro, participated in the Sentinel North International Arctic Field School in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada!
New paper "Environmental and behavioral changes may influence the exposure of an Arctic apex predator to pathogens and contaminants" published in the journal Scientific Reports.
New paper "Ecological change drives a decline in mercury concentrations in southern Beaufort Sea polar bears" published in the journal Environ. Sci. Technol. is an ACS Editors’ Choice Article (6/14/17) and is featured in EurekAlert! (AAAS), Science Daily, Seeker, Scientific American, Popular Science, National Post (Canada), The Wildlife Society, among others
Another new paper, led by PhD student, Sara Pedro, "Mercury and persistent organic pollutants in native and invading forage species of the Canadian Arctic: Consequence for food web dynamics" is published in the journal Environ. Pollut.
New paper led by PhD student, Sara Pedro, entitled "Blubber-depth distribution and bioaccumulation of PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in Arctic-invading killer whales" published in the journal Sci. Total Environ.
McKinney Lab is awarded Institute of Biological Risk Grant to investigate "Biological risks posed by the poleward redistribution of the oceans’ top predator: Insight from killer whale feeding in Greenland"
McKinney Lab is headed to Reston, VA, to participate in the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment (AMAP) International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action from April 24-27
Melissa is giving keynote address at the Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers "Climate Change and Biology Education" Conference on April 29
Congratulations to Jen Bourque for being selected to participate in the first field-school of the International partnerships for excellent education and research (INTPART) project “Arctic Field Summer Schools: Norway-Canada- USA collaboration” from 16-31 May, 2017!
McKinney Lab, in collaboration with Kristin Laidre at University of Washington, is awarded Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering Mini-Grant to study "The influence of flexible foraging strategies on hair mercury concentrations in Baffin Bay
Welcome to new MS student, Jennifer Bourque, who will be evaluating decadal scale trends in southern Beaufort Sea polar bear feeding ecology and relationships to hydrocarbon contaminant exposures
Melissa is interviewed for Scientific American article "Polar Bear Cubs at High Risk from Toxic Industrial Chemicals, Despite Bans"
New paper "Temporal complexity of southern Beaufort Sea polar bear diets during a period of increasing land use" published in the journal Ecosphere