Area of Expertise:
Dr. Chris Kennedy and his students’ research is centered on the study of the biological fate and adverse effects of environmental contaminants in, or associated with, aquatic environments, and to apply this knowledge to the protection of environmental and human health. They have examined many classes of chemicals, including pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, pesticides and natural toxins. Their research includes the determination of mechanisms of action for cause-effect relationships, and attempts to understand the orginasimal and ecological relevance of these effects. Their experimental approaches span many levels of biological organization from cell biology to ecology, although the majority of their studies are physiological in nature. They are presently involved in the following research areas: 1) xenobiotic cellular defence mechanisms, 2) immunotoxicology, 3) endocrine disruption, 4) ethotoxicology, and 5) contaminant fate.
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Barrett, Steven B.; Khan, Tooba; and Kennedy, Chris J., “Toxicity testing of Atlantic salmon aquaculture chemotherapeutants on spot prawns and benthic invertebrates” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 238. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2018ssec/allsessions/238
Banning, Jessica; Butter, Saira; and Kennedy, Christopher, “The environmental effects of diluted bitumen on eelgrass (Zostera marina)” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 337.
Alderman, Sarah L & Lin, Feng & Gillis, Todd & P. Farrell, Anthony & J. Kennedy, Christopher. (2018). Developmental and latent effects of diluted bitumen exposure on early life stages of sockeye salmon ( Oncorhynchus nerka ). Aquatic Toxicology. 202. 10.1016/j.aquatox.2018.06.014.
Alderman, Sarah L & A. Dindia, Laura & J. Kennedy, Christopher & P. Farrell, Anthony & Gillis, Todd. (2017). Proteomic analysis of sockeye salmon serum as a tool for biomarker discovery and new insight into the sublethal toxicity of diluted bitumen. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics. 22. 10.1016/j.cbd.2017.04.003.
Alderman, Sarah L & Lin, Feng & P Farrell, Anthony & J Kennedy, Christopher & Gillis, Todd. (2016). Effects of diluted bitumen exposure on juvenile sockeye salmon: From cells to performance. Environmental toxicology and chemistry / SETAC. 36. 10.1002/etc.3533.