Area of Expertise:
Dr. John Elliott is a senior research scientist with Environment Canada at the Pacific Wildlife Research Centre, Delta, BC. He completed his undergrad at Carleton University and his MSc at University of Ottawa, and a PhD from UBC. He is an adjunct professor at both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. As a wildlife ecotoxicologist, he has studied the exposure and effects of a wide range of environmental toxicants in bird and other wildlife populations. His publication record includes more than 200 peer review articles, book chapters and reports, and he has co-supervised more than 40 successful graduate students. His research has been used extensively in many risk assessment and regulatory decisions on pesticides and industrial chemicals.
Key areas of interest are:
- Effects of persistent contaminants (persistent organic pollutants [POPs], heavy metals) on reproduction, survival and general health of wildlife top predators (raptors, waterbirds, seabirds and aquatic mustelids)
- Impacts of agricultural chemicals, particularly anticholinesterase compounds, on birds and amphibians
- Early developmental effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in birds
- Patterns, spatial and temporal trends in bioaccumulation and trophodynamics of POPs and heavy metals in wildlife top predators
- Population ecology of birds of prey
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Miller, Aroha; Elliott, John; Elliott, Kyle; Lee, Sandi; Guigueno, Melanie; and Idrissez, Abde, “Brominated Flame Retardants: Spatial and Temporal Patterns and Trends in Seabird eggs from the Nearshore Pacific Coast of Canada” (2014). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 15. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2014ssec/Day1/15
Huang, Andrew & Nelson, Cait & Elliott, John & Guertin, Daniel & Ritland, Carol & Drouillard, Ken & Cheng, Kimberly & M Schwantje, Helen. (2018). River otters (Lontra canadensis) “trapped” in a coastal environment contaminated with persistent organic pollutants: Demographic and physiological consequences. Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987). 238. 306-316. 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.03.035.
Davis, M.L. & Elliott, John & Williams, T.D.. (2015). Spatial and temporal variation in the dietary ecology of the Glaucous-winged gull Larus glaucescens in the Pacific Northwest. 43. 189-198.
Elliott, John & Kirk, David & Elliott, Kyle & Dorzinsky, Jessica & Lee, Sandi & Ruelas Inzunza, Ernesto & Cheng, Kimberly & Scheuhammer, Tony & Shaw, Patrick. (2015). Mercury in Forage Fish from Mexico and Central America: Implications for Fish-Eating Birds. Archives of environmental contamination and toxicology. 69. 10.1007/s00244-015-0188-x.