Birgit M. Braune
Current research and/or projects
Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure wildlife is conserved and protected
- Spatial and temporal trends of contaminants in Arctic marine biota
- Effect of climate change on temporal trends of contaminants in Arctic marine birds
- Effects of toxic chemicals on Arctic marine birds
Professional activities / interests
Designated Contributing Expert for Canada, Mercury Expert Group and Persistent Organic Pollutants Expert Group for the international Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme(Lead author of the Temporal Trends chapter in AMAP Assessment 2011: Mercury in the Arctic)
Assessment lead for the Canadian Arctic Contaminants Assessment Report III 2012: Mercury in Canada's North
Research grant proposal reviewer for national and international granting agencies (e.g., U.S. National Science Foundation and North Pacific Research Board, Research Council of Norway) and for manuscripts submitted to scientific journals (e.g., Editorial Board Member, Environmental Pollution, Science of the Total Environment)
Session organizer and co-chair for international scientific conferences
Education and awards
B.Sc., Biology, University of Toronto, 1976
M.Sc., Zoology, University of Guelph, 1979
Ph.D., Zoology, University of Guelph, 1985
Braune, B.M., A.J. Gaston and M.L. Mallory. 2016. Temporal trends of mercury in eggs of five sympatrically breeding seabird species in the Canadian Arctic. Environmental Pollution, 214: 124-131.
Braune, B.M., R.J. Letcher, A.J. Gaston and M.L. Mallory. 2015. Trends of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and hexabromocyclododecane in eggs of Canadian Arctic seabirds reflect changing use patterns. Environmental Research, 142: 651-661.
Braune, B.M., A.J. Gaston, K.A. Hobson, H.G. Gilchrist and M.L. Mallory. 2015. Changes in trophic position affect rates of contaminant decline at two seabird colonies in the Canadian Arctic. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 115: 7-13.
Braune, B., J. Chételat, M. Amyot, T. Brown, M. Clayden, M. Evans et al. 2015. Mercury in the marine environment of the Canadian Arctic: Review of recent findings. Science of the Total Environment, 509-510: 67-90.
Braune, B.M., A.J. Gaston, K.A. Hobson, H.G. Gilchrist and M.L. Mallory. 2014. Changes in food web structure alter trends of mercury uptake at two seabird colonies in the Canadian Arctic. Environmental Science and Technology, 48: 13246-13252.
Braune, B.M., A.J. Gaston, R.J. Letcher, H.G. Gilchrist, M.L. and J.F. Provencher. 2014. A geographical comparison of chlorinated, brominated and fluorinated compounds in seabirds breeding in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Environmental Research, 134: 46-56.
Braune, B.M., A.J. Gaston, H.G. Gilchrist, M.L. Mallory and J.F. Provencher. 2014. A geographical comparison of mercury in seabirds in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Environment International, 66: 92-96.
Braune, B.M. and R.L. Letcher. 2013. Perfluorinated sulfonate and carboxylate compounds in eggs of seabirds breeding in the Canadian Arctic: temporal trends (1975-2011) and inter-species comparison. Environmental Science and Technology, 47: 616-624.