Oversee development of National (CCME) and Federal Environmental Quality Guidelines and provide advice on their implementation.
Current research and/or projects
Development of Environmental Quality Guidelines in support of the Chemicals Management Plan, Canadian Environmental Protection Act for water, sediment, soil and fish tissue
- Using current science / toxicology to develop benchmarks / environmental quality guidelines for chemical substances in order to deliver on policy goals of protecting aquatic life
- Ensure the development of Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines and other guidance to support Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan
Professional activities / interests
CCME Water Quality Guidelines Project Team - Departmental Representative
Education and awards
M.Sc., Ph.D. McMaster University
B.Sc., University of Guelph
Gewurtz, S., S. Backus, S. Fraser, T. Harner, P. Martin, C. Marvin, D. McGoldrick, M. Pelletier, S.A. Smyth, D. Spry, J. Tessier and N. Khera. 2013. Perfluoroocotane sulfonate (PFOS) in the Canadian environment – Environmental monitoring and surveillance in support of the Chemicals Management Plan. Environment Canada
Backus, S., C. Banic, A. Berthiaume, N. Davidson, S. Fraser, J. Harris, M. King, P. Martin, C. Marvin, M. Neilson, M. Pelletier, S.A. Smyth and D. Spry. 2012. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in the Canadian Environment: Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance in Support of the Chemicals Management Plan. Environment Canada.
Goulet, RR, Fortin, C and Spry, D J. 2011. Uranium bioavailability, bioaccumulation and toxicity to fish. Wood, C.M., A.P. Farrell and C.J. Brauner (ed.), Homeostasis and Toxicology of Non-Essential Metals (Fish Physiology Volume 31b), Elsevier Press. 31B:391-428
Sappington, K.G., T.S. Bridges, S.P. Bradbury, R.J. Erickson, A.J. Hendriks, R.P. Lanno, J.P. Meador, D.R. Mount, M.H. Salazar and D.J. Spry. 2011. Application of the tissue residue approach in ecological risk assessment. Integr. Environ. Assess. Manage. 7:116–140
Spry, D.J., K. Potter, S. Coad, C. Rowat and D. Bright. 2007. Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for Polynuclear Aromatic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Abstract.
Fletcher, T. and D.J. Spry. 2005. The Challenge of Developing Water Quality Criteria for Emerging Substances. Abstract. Aquatic Toxicity Workshop
Spry, D.J. and J.G. Wiener. 1991. Metal Bioavailability and Toxicity to Fish in Low-Alkalinity Lakes: A Critical Review. Environmental Pollution. 71(2/4):243-304.
Member, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry