Juliska Princz

Manager - Soil Toxicology Laboratory, Biological Assessment and Standardization Section

Current research and/or projects

Supports Science and Technology with the development, validation, standardization and application of biological test methods for the toxicological assessment of pollutants in soil

  • Risk assessment of new and existing (micro-organisms, chemicals and nanomaterials) substances on Canada’s Domestic Substance List by investigating the toxic potential, persistence and bioaccumulation of these substances to terrestrial organisms in soil
  • Developing standardized toxicity test methods for Canadian boreal forested and wetland regions using ecologically-relevant terrestrial organisms
  • Toxic assessments of weathered petroleum hydrocarbon and brine-impacted soils to terrestrial organisms
  • Support to soil guideline development through the evaluation of pollutants in soil and their effect on terrestrial organisms

Professional activities / interests

Terrestrial (plants and soil invertebrates) toxicology, including test method development

Research and test validation contributions to the publication of Environment Canada's Biological Test Method Series for terrestrial toxicity testing

Numerous research presentations at over 25 national and international conferences and workshops

Education and awards

Ph.D., Toxicology, University of Saskatchewan, 2014

Ontario Centres of Excellence Achievement Award in recognition of graduate ecotoxicological research

Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology Co-operative Research Graduate Award

Key publications

Princz, J.I., Bonnell, M., Ritchie, E., Velicogna, J., Robidoux, P.-Y., and R. Scroggins. 2014. Estimation of the bioaccumulation potential of a nonchlorinated bisphenol and an ionogenic xanthene dye to Eiseina andrei in field-collected soils, in conjunction with predictive in silico profiling. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 33: 308-316.

Ritchie, E., Princz, J.I., Robidoux, P.-Y., and R. Scroggins. 2013. Ecotoxicity of xanthene dyes and a non-chlorinated bisphenol in soil. Chemosphere. 90: 2129-2135.

Princz, J.I., Moody, M., Fraser, C., Van der Vliet, L., Lemieux, H., Scroggins, R., and S.D. Siciliano. 2012. Evaluation of a new battery of toxicity tests for boreal forest soils: assessment of the impact of hydrocarbons and salt. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 31: 766.777.

Owojori, O.J., Healey, J., Princz, J., and S.D. Siciliano. 2011. Can avoidance behaviour of the mite Oppia nitens be used as a rapid toxicity test for soils contaminated with metals or organic chemicals? Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 11: 2594-2601.

Velicogna, J., Ritchie, E., Princz, J.I., Lessard, M.-E., and R. Scroggins. 2011. Ecotoxicity of siloxane D5 in soil. Chemosphere. 87: 77-83.

Becker, L., Scheffczyk, A., Forster, B., Ochlmann, J., Princz, J., Rombke, J., and T. Moser. 2011. Effects of boric acid on various microbes, plants, and soil invertebrates. Journal of Soil and Sediments. 11(2): 238-248.

Princz, J.P., Behan-Pelletier, V.M., Scroggins, R.P., and S.D. Siciliano. 2010. Oribatid mites in soil toxicity testing - the use of Oppia nitens (C.L. Koch) as a new test species. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29: 971-979.

Feisthauer, N.C., G.L. Stephenson, J.I. Princz and R.P. Scroggins. 2006. Effects of metal-contaminated forest soils from the Canadian Shield to terrestrial organisms. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25: 823-835.

Stephenson, G.L., J.I. Princz, N. Koper, and P.G. Miasek. 2001. Terrestrial toxicity testing with volatile substances, p. 236-252. In B.M. Greenberg, R.N. Hull, M.H. Roberts, Jr., and R.W. Gensemer (ed.), Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment: Science, Policy and Standardization – Implications for Environmental Decisions. American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohoken, PA. Report.