Dr. Lisa N. Taylor

Manager - Method Development and Applications Unit, Biological Assessment & Standardization Section
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

Support Science and Technology with the development, validation and standardization of biological test methods for the toxicological assessment of pollutants in aquatic ecosystems; Assessment of risks to Canadians and their environment posed by pollutants or other harmful or dangerous substances

  • Developing new sublethal biological test methods looking at amphibian reproduction, sea urchin solid-phase fertilization, and fathead minnow reproduction
  • The application of toxicity test methods in the CCME Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent
  • The use of sublethal toxicity tests in the Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) programs for the Mining and Pulp and Paper Sectors
  • The use of existing standardized toxicity test methods and the possible future development of new tests to adequately assess nanomaterials
  • Statistical software development for analyzing ecotoxicity test data

Professional activities / interests

Aquatic toxicology

Fish physiology and metal toxicity

Quality Assurance / Quality Control in Toxicology Laboratories

Invited contributor to the special Biotic Ligand Model volume of the journal Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology in 2002

Education and awards

Ph.D., McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

B.Sc., University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Environment Canada Recognition Award 2007

Key publications

Taylor, L.N., L.A. Van der Vliet, and R.P. Scroggins. 2010. Sublethal toxicity testing of Canadian metal mining effluents:  National trends and site-specific uses. Hum. Ecol. Risk Assess. 16:264-281.

McGeer, J.C., S. Nadella, D.H. Alsop, L. Hollis, L.N. Taylor, D.G. McDonald and C.M. Wood. 2007. Influence of acclimation and cross-acclimation of metals on acute Cd toxicity and Cd uptake and distribution in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Aquatic Toxicology 84(2):190-197.

Taylor, L.N., W.J. McFarlane, G.G. Pyle, P. Couture and D.G. McDonald. 2004. Use of performance indicators in evaluating chronic metal exposure in wild yellow perch (Perca flavescens). Aquatic Toxicology 67(4):371-385.

Taylor, L.N., C.M. Wood and D.G. McDonald. 2003. An Evaluation of Sodium Loss and Gill Metal Binding Properties in Rainbow Trout and Yellow Perch to Explain Species Differences in Copper Tolerance. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 22(9): 2159–2166.

Taylor, L.N., D.W. Baker, C.M. Wood and D.G. McDonald. 2002. An in vitro approach for modelling branchial copper binding in rainbow trout. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology 133(1-2):111-124.

Taylor, L. N., J.C. McGeer, C.M. Wood and D.G. McDonald. 2000. Physiological Effects of Chronic Copper Exposure to Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Hard and Soft Water: Evaluation of Chronic Indicators. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 19(9): 2298–2308.