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Lescord, Gretchen, PhD Candidate

Gretchen Lescord, PhD Candidate

Living with Lakes Centre, Laurentian University

935 Ramsey Lake Road

Sudbury, ON

P3E 2C6

GLescord@laurentian.ca

t. 705-675-1151 ext.3107


Thesis
Modeling mercury cycling and accumulation in aquatic biota across the Attawapiskat drainage basin; implications for subsistence fisheries and the Ring of Fire development in the Far North of Ontario.

Gretchen Lescord, Laurentian University (Ph.D. Student), is modeling Hg accumulation throughout the Attawapiskat Watershed, sampling lakes and rivers across the Boreal Shield and into the Hudson Plains. She is utilizing the large and diverse nature of this watershed to better understand how physical, environmental, and chemical gradients affect Hg concentrations in water, invertebrates, and fish. Her sampling includes several lakes surrounding the mineral-rich area known as the “Ring of Fire,” where extensive mining development is expected over the next decade.

Awards

EćoLac Trainee
Weston Graduate Student Research Fellowship
Ontario Graduate Student Scholarship
2014-2017
2014-2015
2014-2016

Publications
Lescord, G.L., Kidd, K.A., Kirk, J. Wang, X., O’Driscoll, N., Muir, D.C.G. (2015). Factors affecting Hg biomagnification through lake food webs in the Canadian High Arctic. Science of the Total Environment. 509–510: 195–205. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.04.13.

Lescord, G.L., Kidd, K.A., De Silva, A. O., Williamson, M., Spencer, C., Wang, X., Muir, D.C.G. (2015). Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) through lake food webs on Cornwallis Island, Nunavut in the Canadian High Arctic. Environmental Science and Technology. In Press. doi: 10.1021/es5048649.