John Struger

Aquatic Environmental Scientist - Study leader for pesticides and emerging issues program
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada's mandate to ensure that water is clean, safe and secure; Assessing risks to Canadians and their environment posed by pollutants or other harmful or dangerous substances

  • Member of national team for water quality surveillance of pesticides in Canada
  • National status (surveillance) and trends (monitoring) of pesticides and chemicals of concern in aquatic ecosystems - spatial and temporal
  • Status and trends of priority threats in the aquatic environment
  • Development of techniques for the determination of priority pollutants in agricultural and urban aquatic ecosystems

Education and awards

B.Sc. Agriculture, McGill University

Key publications

Struger, J., D. Thompson, B. Staznik, P. Martin, T. McDaniel and C. Marvin. 2008. Occurrence of Glyphosate in surface waters of southern Ontario. Bulletin of Environmental Toxicology and Contamination. 80:378-384.

Struger, J. and T. Fletcher. 2007. Occurrence of lawn care and agricultural pesticides in the Don and Humber River Watersheds (1998-2002). Journal Great Lakes Research. 33(4):887-905.

Struger, J., E.Sverko, J.Grabuski, T. Fletcher and C. Marvin. 2007. Occurrence and fate of methoprene compounds in urban areas of Southern Ontario, Canada. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 79:168-171.

Kannan, K., J. Ridal and J. Struger. 2006. Pesticides in the Great Lakes. In: Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Great Lakes. Series: The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry : Volume 5: Water Pollution, Part 5N : Hites, Ronald (Ed.) 2006, XVI, 441 p. ISBN: 978-3-540-29168-8. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany. Chapter 4: 151-199.

Struger, J. S. L’Italien and E. Sverko. 2004. In-use pesticide concentrations in surface waters of the Laurentian Great Lakes, (1994-2000). Journal of Great Lakes Research. 30(3):435-450.

Metcalfe, C.D., X-S. Miao, B.G. Koenig and J. Struger. 2003. Distribution of acidic and neutral drugs in surface waters near sewage treatment plants in the lower Great Lakes, Canada. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 22:2281-2289.


International Association for Great Lakes Research

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry