Magali Houde

Image Magali Houde
Research Scientist - Aquatic ecotoxicology specialist
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

Protection and conservation of aquatic ecosystems

  • Evaluate the presence and the bioaccumulation of environmental contaminants in aquatic organisms.
  • Investigate the multi-level biological effects (genes, proteins, tissus) and modes of action of emerging contaminants in aquatic organisms (i.e., algae, zooplankton, fish, birds, and marine mammals).

Education and awards

PhD in Environmental Biology, University of Guelph

MSc Biology, Université Laval

BSc in Biology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSERC

Doctoral scholarship, FQRNT

Fisheries and Oceans Canada supplement NSERC

Master's scholarship, NSERC

Key publications

Giraudo, M., Cottin, G., Llera Esperanza, M., Gagnon, P., De Silva A.O, Houde M. 2017. Effects of UV-stabilizer benzotriazoles BUV-328 and -234 on oxidative stress response in two aquatic organisms from different trophic levels. Environ. Technol. & Chem. On-line.

Reinling, J., Houde, M., Verreault, J. Exposure to an urban wastewater effluent: Effects on the energy metabolism of northern pike. Aquatic Toxicol. 191:131-140

Giraudo, M., Dubé, M., Lépine, M., Gagnon, P., Douville, M., Houde, M.  2017. Multigenerational effects evaluation of the flame retardant tris(2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP) using Daphnia magna. Aquatic Toxicol. 190:142-149.

Simond, A., Houde, M., Lesage, V., Verreault, J. 2017. Spatial and temporal trends (1997-2013) of PBDEs and emerging flame retardants in beluga whales from the St. Lawrence River: comparisons with minke whales and Arctic belugas. Environ. Res. 156:494-504.

Houde, M., Wang, X., Ferguson, S.H., Gagnon, P., Brown, T.M., Tanabe, S., Kunito, T., Kwan, M., Muir, D.C.G. 2017. Spatial and temporal trends of flame retardants in ringed seals (Phoca hispida) across the Canadian Arctic. Environ. Pollut. 223: 266-276.

Bruneau, A., Landry, C., Giraudo, M. Douville, M., Brodeur, P.,  Boily, M., Gagnon, P., Houde, M. 2016. Integrated spatial health assessment of yellow perch from the St. Lawrence River: B - Transcriptomic and biomarker assessment. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 23(18): 18211-18221.

Giraudo, M., Bruneau, A., Gendron, A.D., Brodeur, P., Pilote, M., Marcogliese, D.J., Gagnon, C. and Houde, M. 2016. Integrated spatial health assessment of yellow perch from the St. Lawrence River: A - Ecological assessment. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 23 (18): 18073-18084

Houde, M., Douville, M., Gagnon, P., Sproull, J., Cloutier, F. 2015. Exposure of Daphnia magna to trichloroethylene (TCE) and vinyl chloride (VC): evaluation of gene transcription, cellular activity, and life-history parameters. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Safety. 116: 10-18.

Sanchez, D., Houde, M., Douville, M., De Silva, A.O., Verreault, J. 2015. Transcriptional and cellular responses of green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii exposed to perfluoroalkyl phosphonic acids (PFPAs). Aquatic Toxicol. 160: 31-38.

Houde, M., De Silva, A., Letcher, R.J., Muir, D.C.G. Biological assessment and biomagnification of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in aquatic ecosystems: an updated review. 2011. Environ. Sci. Technol. Special Issue. 45 (19), pp. 7962-7973.