Latitudinal patterns of organochlorine contamination in zooplankton

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: contaminants, biology, zooplankton, fish, plankton, organochlorines

Principal Investigator: Koenig, Brenda (1)
Licence Number: 12474
Organization: Trent University
Licensed Year(s): 1993
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: Dr. D. Lean, Dr. D. Gregor, Dr. E. Bentzen, M. McKinley, another research assistant to be determined

Objective(s): To determine how far north certain organochlorine contaminants travel; to measure the levels of these contaminants in zooplankton collected from different latitudes in an attempt to determine the effects and range of atmospheric-transported organochlorines; to develop a model that could be used to predict the concentration of organochlorines in edible fish from information collected for zooplankton.

Project Description: Organochlorine contaminants can be carried to the arctic in the atmosphere. I will be measuring the amount of these contaminants in zooplankton to determine the effects and range of organochlorines in the arctic ecosystem. The information that I collect will be useful in determining what types of organochlorines are most common in zooplankton as well as providing a means to estimate the levels of contaminants in fish (since fish eat zooplankton).