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Who's Who in Environmental Science

Gary Stern


Dr. Gary Stern is Canadian environmental chemist, and a leading freshwater and Arctic climate researcher. His research on ringed seals in north Canada revealed a link between long-range persistent pollutant accumulation in Arctic ice and their rapid release in low-ice years, with implications for a consequence of climate change.

    • Nationality
    • Canadian

    • Subject
    • Environmental Chemistry

    • Fields
    • Mass spectrometry (MSc and PhD), climate change

    • Positions
    • Senior research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Freshwater Institute, Winnipeg) and Head of the Arctic Contaminants Section.

      Adjunct professor with the Departments of Environment and Geography and Soil Science, University of Manitoba.

      Participant in the SHEBA (Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic) and JOIS (Joint Ocean Ice Studies) programs, Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES) and the CFI Icebreaker proposal.

    • Publications
    • Dr. Stern has made contributions to more than 100 research publications, amongst which:

      • Understanding the Effects of Climate Change and Industrial Development on Contaminant Processes and Exposure in the Canadian Arctic Marine Ecosystem: How Can we Prepare? ArcticNet Project Summary
      • Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change: ArcticNet Project Summary
      • Sea Ice - Understanding and Modelling Ocean-Sea Ice-Atmosphere Biogeochemical Coupling in a Changing Climate Knowledge Co-Production for the Identification and Selection of Ecological, Social, and Economic Indicators for the Beaufort Sea ArcticNet Project Summary

    • Theories/Experiments
    • Sea ice-atmosphere biogeochemical coupling: the association between oceanographic provinces as sources and contaminant levels in the Arctic biome.

      Carbon and Contaminant Cycling in the Coastal Environment.

      Tundra warming.

      Contaminant Processes and Exposure in the Canadian Arctic Marine Ecosystem.

      Environmental pathways of contaminants including their delivery, transport, and elimination from Arctic marine and freshwater aquatic ecosystems.

      Contaminants studied: organohalogen compounds (chlorinated pesticides, PCBs, brominated flame retardants and fluorinated organic compounds), mercury and other trace metals, hydrocarbons and radionuclides.

    • Website
    • http://www.arcticnet.ulaval.ca/aboutus/profile.php?id=83