Bruce D. Pauli

Chief, Ecosystem Health Research

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure wildlife is conserved and protected

  • Examining the effects of in-use pesticides and environmental contaminants on amphibians
  • Investigating the occurrence and dynamics of emerging infectious diseases in Canadian amphibians
  • Examining molecular methods to examine the effects of contaminants on amphibians and to study the incidence and transmission of disease in these species
  • Examining the use of terrestrial wetland-associated bio-indicator species such as amphibians to assess the effects of global environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem health
  • Investigation of sub-organismal effects of contaminant exposure (e.g., endocrine disruption) for assessments of species and ecosystem health

Professional activities / interests

Conference workshop organization: Planning committee member for international workshop, " Understanding agriculture's effects on amphibians and reptiles in a changing world" (St. Louis, Missouri, February 2007); Lead organizer for Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network AGM and Conference (Kingston, September 2007)

Expert panel membership (e.g., OECD Amphibian Expert Group and EPA Scientific Advisory Panel on Atrazine's Effects on Amphibians)

Review of research grant applications (e.g., NSERC) and peer-review of manuscripts for journals / Collaborator on NSERC projects and other projects with outside funding

Co-supervisor of student's research projects (Ph.D., M.Sc. and Honour's students)

Lead, Canadian IDARnet (Infectious Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles Network) / Volunteer Chair, Board of Directors for Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network

Education and awards

Environment Canada Citation of Excellence

M.Sc. (Zoology), University of New Brunswick

B.Sc. (Honour's Wildlife Biology), University of Guelph

Key publications

Duffus, A.L.J., B.D. Pauli, K. Wozney, C.R. Brunetti and M. Berrill. 2008. Frog virus 3-like infections in aquatic amphibian communities. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44: 109-120.

King, K.C., J.D. McLaughlin, A.D. Gendron, B.D. Pauli, I. Giroux, B. Rondeau, M. Boily, P. Juneau and D.J. Marcogliese. 2007. Agricultural impacts on parasite community structure of northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) in southern Quebec, Canada. Parasitology 134(14): 2063–2080.

Pauli, B.D. and S. Kennedy. 2005. Hepatic porphyria induced by the herbicide tralkoxydim in small mammals is species-specific. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 24(2): 450-456. [DOI: 10.1897/03-536.1]

Christensen, J.R., J.S. Richardson, C.A. Bishop, B.D. Pauli and J. Elliott. 2005. Effects of nonylphenol on rates of tail resorption and metamorphosis in Rana catesbeiana tadpoles. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. 68: 557-572. [DOI: 10.1080/15287390590909698]

Christensen, J.R., C.A. Bishop, J.S. Richardson, B.D. Pauli and J. Elliott. 2004. Validation of an amphibian sperm inhibition toxicological test (ASITT) method using zinc. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23(12): 2950-2955. [DOI: 10.1897/03-573.1]

Howe, C. M. Berrill, B.D. Pauli, C.C. Helbing, K. Werry and N. Veldhoen. 2004. Toxicity of glyphosate-based pesticides to four North American frog species. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23(8): 1928-1938. [DOI: 10.1897/03-71]

Research facility

Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3


Adjunct Professor, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario

Honorary Research Associate, Biology Graduate Academic Unit, University of New Brunswick