Danielle Milani

Biologist - Freshwater Invertebrate Toxicity Assessments
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

Biological assessments of contaminated sediment in Great Lakes Areas of Concern

  • Coordinating and implementing biological assessments in Great Lakes AOCs for the Great Lakes Program
  • Investigating toxicity and bioaccumulation of priority compounds in spiked sediment exposures
  • Examining the bioaccumulation of organic compounds in resident benthic invertebrates in AOCs

Education and awards

M.Sc. McMaster University

B.Sc. University of Guelph

Key publications

Richman, L., and D. Milani. 2010. Temporal Trends in Near-Shore Sediment Contaminant Concentrations in the St. Clair River and Potential Long-term Implications for Fish Tissue Concentrations. Journal of Great Lakes Research (2010) 36: 722-735.

Milani, D., and L.C. Grapentine. 2010. St. Marys River Biologcial Assessment 2008: East of Bellevue Park and Lake George Channel. WSTD Contribution No. 10-069.

Norwood, W.P, T. Watson-Leung and D. Milani. 2009. Impacts of Zn-spiked Sediment on four Invertebrates: Implications for the Canadian Sediment Quality Guideline. WSTD Contribution No. 09-048.

Milani, D., and L.C. Grapentine. 2009. Benthic Conditions in the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall, 2007. WSTD Contribution No. 09-555.

Milani, D., and L.C. Grapentine. 2009. Benthic Conditions in the Jackfish Bay Area of Concern 2008. WSTD Contribution No. 09-541.

Milani, D., and L.C. Grapentine. 2008. Assessment of sediment dioxin/furan and dioxin-like PCB contamination and biological impacts in the lower Trent River. WSTD Contribution No. 08-503.

Riba, I., T.A. DelValls, T.B. Reyoldson, and D. Milani. 2006. Sediment quality in Rio Guadiamar (SW, Spain) after a tailing dam collapse: Contamination, toxicity and bioavailability. Environment International 32: 891-900.

Gillis P.L., T.B. Reynoldson, D.G Dixon, and D. Milani. 2005. Assessing Metal Bioavailability After a Mine Tailings Spill with Metallothionein-Like Protein and Tissue Metal Concentrations in T. tubifex. In: Del Valls T.A., Blasco, J. eds. Integrated assessment and management of the ecosystems affected by the Aznalcóllar mining spill (SW Spain). IOC/ICAM/UNESCO Technical Report. pp. 145-152.

Reynoldson T.B., and D. Milani. 2005. Sediment Toxicity in the Rio Guadiamar (Spain) after a Tailings Dam Collapse. In: Del Valls T.A., Blasco, J. eds. Integrated assessment and management of the ecosystems affected by the Aznalcóllar mining spill (SW Spain). IOC/ICAM/UNESCO Technical Report. pp. 153-161.

Milani, D., T.B. Reynoldson, U. Borgmann, and J. Kolasa. 2003.  The relative sensitivity of four benthic invertebrates to metals in spiked-sediment exposures and application tocontaminated field sediment.  Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 22: 845-854.

Grapentine, L.C., J. Anderson, D. Boyd, G.A. Burton, C. DeBarros, G. Johnson, C. Marvin, D.  Milani, S. Painter, T. Pascoe, T. Reynoldson, L. Richman, K. Solomon, and P.M. Chapman. 2002. A decision making framework for sediment assessment developed for the Great Lakes. Hum. Ecol. Risk Assess. 8: 1641 – 1655.

Reynoldson, T.B., S.P. Thompson, and D. Milani.  2002. Integrating Multiple Toxicological Endpoints in a Decision-Making Framework for Contaminated Sediments Hum. Ecol. Risk Assess. 8: 1569 – 1584.