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Peter Ross


Phone: (250) 363-6806
Fax: (250) 363-6807
Region: Pacific
Office: Institute of Ocean Sciences

Field(s) of Research:
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Aquatic Habitat / Aquatic Environmental Science
  • Marine Mammal
  • Species at Risk

Research Description:
Dr. Peter S. Ross is a Research Scientist (Marine mammal toxicologist) with the Institute of Ocean Sciences (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. He has an active research program on (1) the effects of persistent environmental contaminants on the health of marine mammals and (2) the sources, movement and fate of persistent environmental contaminants in marine food chains. He conducts his research in collaboration with colleagues at universities and government laboratories in Canada and internationally. Dr. Ross is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, B.C., and supervises graduate students at SFU, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. Dr. Ross obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), MSc from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and BSc (Honours) from Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario).

  • Veterinary Sciences (1995)
    Utrecht University
  • Biology (1985)
    Trent University
  • Biology (1990)
    Dalhousie University
Professor at:
  • University of Victoria
  • Simon Fraser University
Centre(s) of Expertise:
  1. Assessment of cytochrome P450 1A in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) using a minimally-invasive biopsye approach
  2. Association between lymphocyte proliferation and polychlorinated biphenyls in free-ranging harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) pups from British Columbia, Canada
  3. Fireproof killer whales: flame retardant chemicals and the conservation imperative in the charismatic icon of British Columbia.
  4. Marine mammal immunotoxicology
  5. PCBs, PCDDs, and PCDFs in weaned, free-ranging Northern Elephant seal pups from Central California, USA
  6. Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and outbreaks of disease in marine mammals
  7. Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the diet of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) inhabiting Puget Sound, Washington (USA) and the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia (Canada): A food basket approach
  8. Persistent Organic Pollutants in British Columbia Grizzly Bears: Consequence of Divergent Diets
  9. Endangered Vancouver Island marmots (Marmota vancouverensis): Sentinels of atmospherically delivered contaminants to British Columbia, Canada
  10. Harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State, USA, reveal a combination of local and global PCB, PCDD and PCDF signals
  11. PBDEs, PBBS, and PCNs in three communities of free-ranging killer whales (Orcinus orca) from the Northeastern Pacific Ocean
  12. Pesticide use in British Columbia and the Yukon: An assessment of types, applications and risks to aquatic biota
  13. Radiocarbon evidence for a naturally-produced, bioaccumulating halogenated organic compound
  14. Response: Body condition, rather than contaminants, likely explains health effects observed in first-born northern fur seal pups
  15. The importance of marine foods to a near-urban First Nation community in coastal British Columbia, Canada: Towards a risk-benefit assessment
  16. Canine distemper virus in river otters in British Columbia as an emergent risk for coastal pinnipeds.
  17. Immunotoxicology of free-ranging pinnipeds: Approaches to study design
  18. Integrated human and ecological risk assessment: A case study of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in humans and wildlife
  19. Isolation and characterization of copper-complexing ligands in seawater using immobilized copper(II)-ion affinity chromatography and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
  20. Marine environmental quality in the central coast of British Columbia, Canada: A review of contaminant sources, types and risks
  21. The effects of chemical contaminants on immune function in harbour seals: Results of a semi-field study
  22. The immune system, environmental contaminants and virus-associated mass mortalities among pinnipeds
  23. Thyroid hormones and their receptor gene expression as biomarkers of endocrine disruption in harbour seals
  24. Accuracy of Aroclor PCB measurements in determining total PCBs and a modelling approach to estimate Aroclor speciation from congener-specific PCB data
  25. Global distribution of halogenated dimethyl bipyrroles in marine mammals - Evidence of a natural origin?
  26. Growth and development in free-ranging harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) pups from southern British Columbia
  27. Halogenated phenolic contaminants and metabolites in the blood of killer whale (Orcinus orca)
  28. Late-run sockeye at risk: An overview of environmental contaminants in Fraser River salmon habitat.
  29. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and outbreaks of disease in marine mammals
  30. Southern resident killer whales at risk: Toxic chemicals in the British Columbia and Washington environment
  31. The effects of chemical contaminants on immune function in harbour seals: Results of a semi-field study
  32. The effects of environmental contaminants on immune function in free-ranging pinnipeds: Approaches to study design
  33. The immune system, chemical contaminants and virus-associated mass mortalities among pinnipeds
  34. The role of immunotoxic environmental contaminants in facilitating the emergence of infectious diseases in marine mammals
  35. Vitamin A physiology in the precocious harbour seal (Phoca vitulina): A tissue-based biomarker approach
  36. An insight into the epidemiology of dolphin morbillivirus worldwide
  37. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in British Columbia harbour seals and killer whales
  38. Pinnipeds
  39. Pinnipeds
  40. Vitamin A physiology and its application as a biomarker of contaminant-related toxicity in marine mammals: a review
  41. Contaminant-related disruption of vitamin A dynamics in free-ranging harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) pups from British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA. Environ
  42. Developmental changes in circulatory vitamin A (retinol) and its transport proteins in free-ranging harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) pups
  43. High PCB concentrations in free-ranging Pacific killer whales, Orcinus orca: effects of age, sex and dietary preference
  44. PCBs are a health risk for humans and wildlife
  45. Immune functions in beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas): evaluation of natural killer cell activity
  46. Impaired cellular immune response in rats exposed perinatally to Baltic Sea herring oil or 2,3,7,8-TCDD
  47. Host resistance to rat cytomegalovirus (RCMV) and immune function in adult PVG rats fed herring from the contaminated Baltic Sea
  48. Immunotoxicological studies in the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina)
  49. Impaired immune function in seals and laboratory rats exposed to dioxin-like compounds from Baltic herring
  50. Impaired immunity in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) exposed to bioaccumulated environmental contaminants: review of a long-term study
  51. Principles and Methods for Assessing Direct Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Chemicals.
  52. Suppression of natural killer cell activity in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) fed Baltic Sea herring
  53. Contaminant-related suppression of delayed-type hypersensitivity and antibody responses in harbour seals fed herring from the Baltic Sea
  54. Haematology and clinical chemistry values for harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) fed environmentally contaminated herring remain within normal ranges.
  55. Impaired cellular immune response in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) feeding on environmentally contaminated herring
  56. Impairment of immune function in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) feeding on fish contaminated through the food chain
  57. Morbillivirus infections of aquatic mammals: newly identified members of the genus
  58. Short-term fasting does not aggravate immunosuppression in harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) with high body burdens of organochlorines
  59. Impairment of immune function in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) feeding on fish from polluted waters.
  60. Relative immunocompetence of the newborn harbour seal, Phoca vitulina
  61. Immune function in free-ranging harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) mothers and their pups during lactation
  62. Antibodies to phocine distemper virus in Canadian seals
  63. Polychlorinated biphenyl residues and egg mortality in double- crested cormorants from the Great Lakes
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