Melissa McKinney

Assistant Professor,
McGill University

Department of Natural Resource Sciences
E-mail: melissa.mckinney@mcgill.ca
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QCBS students

Anaïs REMILI

Ph.D.
Other (co-)supervisor: Robert J. Letcher
(Start: 2019)
The role of feeding ecology in persistent organic pollutant exposures of killer whales (Orcinus orca) across the North Atlantic Ocean
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Megan Franz

M.Sc.
Other (co-)supervisor: Kristin Laidre, The University of Washington
(Start: 2019)
Comparative analysis of Southern Beaufort Sea and East Greenland Polar Bear gut microbiome compositions

Rose Lacombe

M.Sc.
(Start: 2021)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Kyle Elliott
Temporal changes in Black Guillemot diet in response to climate change

Examples of species studied

Haliaeetus
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Leucocephalus
Ursus maritimus
Somniosus microcephalus
Pusa hispida
Delphinapterus leucas


Publications

46- Measurable Levels of Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins in Western Hudson Bay Fishes but Limited Biomagnification from Fish to Ringed Seals
Journal Article
Facciola N , Pedro S , Houde M , Fisk A T , Ferguson S H , Steer H , Muir D C G , McKinney M A ,
2021 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Date Added: 2021-10-01)

45- Individual Prey Specialization Drives PCBs in Icelandic Killer Whales
Journal Article
Remili A , Letcher R J , Samarra F I , Dietz R , Sonne C , Desforges J , Víkingsson G , Blair D , McKinney M A ,
2021 Environmental Science and Technology (Date Added: 2021-05-14)

44- Alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are the largest contributor to polycyclic aromatic compound concentrations in traditional foods of the Bigstone Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada
Journal Article
Golzadeh N , Barst B D , Baker J M , Auger J C , McKinney M A ,
2021 Environmental Pollution (Date Added: 2021-03-01)

43- Broad feeding niches of capelin and sand lance may overlap those of polar cod and other native fish in the eastern Canadian Arctic
Journal Article
Pedro S , Fisk A T , Ferguson S H , Hussey N E , Kessel S T , McKinney M A ,
2020 Polar Biology (Date Added: 2020-10-10)

42- Climate-associated drivers of plasma cytokines and contaminant concentrations in Beaufort Sea polar bears (Ursus maritimus)
Journal Article
Bourque J , Desforges J , Levin M , Atwood T C , Sonne C , Dietz R , Jensen T H , Curry E , McKinney M A ,
2020 Science of the Total Environment (Date Added: 2020-08-04)

41- Evaluating the concentrations of total mercury, methylmercury, selenium, and selenium:mercury molar ratios in traditional foods of the Bigstone Cree in Alberta, Canada
Journal Article
Golzadeh N , Barst B D , Basu N , Baker J M , Auger J C , McKinney M A ,
2020 Chemosphere (Date Added: 2020-03-05)

40- Current state of knowledge on biological effects from contaminants on arctic wildlife and fish
Journal Article
Dietz R , Letcher R J , Desforges J , Eulaers I , Sonne C , Wilson S , Andersen-Ranberg E , Basu N , Barst B D , Bustnes J O , Bytingsvik J , Ciesielski T M , Drevnick P E , Gabrielsen G W , Haarr A , Hylland K , Jenssen B M , Levin M , McKinney M A , Nørregaard R D , Pedersen K E , Provencher J , Styrishave B , Tartu S , Aars J , Ackerman J T , Rosing-Asvid A , Barrett R , Bignert A , Born E W , Branigan M , Braune B , Bryan C E , Dam M , Eagles-Smith C A , Evans M , Evans T J , Fisk A T , Gamberg M , Gustavson K , Hartman C A , Helander B , Herzog M P , Hoekstra P F , Houde M , Hoydal K , Jackson A K , Kucklick J , Lie E , Loseto L , Mallory M L , Miljeteig C , Mosbech A , Muir D C , Nielsen S T , Peacock E , Pedro S , Peterson S H , Polder A , Rigét F F , Roach P , Saunes H , Sinding M S , Skaare J U , Søndergaard J , Stenson G , Stern G , Treu G , Schuur S S , Víkingsson G ,
2019 Science of the Total Environment (Date Added: 2019-10-11)

39- Are vitamins A and E associated with persistent organic pollutants and fatty acids in the blubber of highly contaminated killer whales (Orcinus orca) from Greenland?
Journal Article
Pedro S , Dietz R , Sonne C , Rosing-Asvid A , Hansen M , McKinney M ,
2019 Environmental research (Date Added: 2019-09-14)

38- Global change-driven use of onshore habitat impacts polar bear faecal microbiota
Journal Article
Watson S E , Hauffe H C , Bull M J , Atwood T C , McKinney M A , Pindo M , Perkins S E ,
2019 ISME Journal (Date Added: 2019-08-18)

37- State of knowledge on current exposure, fate and potential health effects of contaminants in polar bears from the circumpolar Arctic
Journal Article
Routti H , Atwood T C , Bechshoft T , Boltunov A , Ciesielski T M , Desforges J , Dietz R , Gabrielsen G W , Jenssen B M , Letcher R J , McKinney M A , Morris A D , Rigét F F , Sonne C , Styrishave B , Tartu S ,
2019 Science of the Total Environment (Date Added: 2019-02-17)

36- Limited effects of changing prey fish communities on food quality for aquatic predators in the eastern Canadian Arctic in terms of essential fatty acids, methylmercury and selenium
Journal Article
Pedro S , Fisk A T , Ferguson S H , Hussey N E , Kessel S T , McKinney M A ,
2019 Chemosphere (Date Added: 2019-01-04)

35- Pollution threatens toothed whales
Journal Article
Sonne, C, Jepson, PD, Desforges, J-P, Alstrup, AKO, Olsen, MT, Eulaers, I, Hansen, M, Letcher, RJ, McKinney, MA, Dietz, R
2018 Science (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

34- Feeding habits of a new Arctic predator: Insight from full-depth blubber fatty acid signatures of Greenland, Faroe Islands, Denmark, and managed-care killer whales Orcinus orca
Journal Article
Bourque, J, Dietz, R, Sonne, C, St Leger, J, Iverson, S, Rosing-Asvid, A, Hansen, M, McKinney, MA
2018 Marine Ecology Progress Series (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

33- Blubber-depth distribution and bioaccumulation of PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in Arctic-invading killer whales
Journal Article
Pedro, S, Boba, C, Dietz, R, Sonne, C, Rosing-Asvid, A, Hansen, M, Provatas, A, McKinney, MA
2017 Science of the Total Environment (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

32- Environmental and behavioral changes may influence the exposure of an Arctic apex predator to pathogens and contaminants
Journal Article
Atwood, TC, Duncan, C, Patyk, KA, Nol, P, Rhyan, J, McCollum, M, McKinney, MA, Ramey, AM, Cerqueira-Cézar, CK, Kwok, OCH, Dubey, JP, Hennager, S
2017 Scientific Reports (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

31- Ecological Change Drives a Decline in Mercury Concentrations in Southern Beaufort Sea Polar Bears
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, Atwood, TC, Pedro, S, Peacock, E
2017 Environmental Science and Technology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

30- Temporal complexity of southern Beaufort Sea polar bear diets during a period of increasing land use
Journal Article
Mckinney, MA, Atwood, TC, Iverson, SJ, Peacock, E
2017 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

29- Mercury and persistent organic pollutants in native and invading forage species of the Canadian Arctic: Consequences for food web dynamics
Journal Article
Pedro, S, Fisk, AT, Tomy, GT, Ferguson, SH, Hussey, NE, Kessel, ST, McKinney, MA
2017 Environmental Pollution (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

28- Current-use pesticides in seawater and their bioaccumulation in polar bear–ringed seal food chains of the Canadian Arctic
Journal Article
Morris, AD, Muir, DCG, Solomon, KR, Letcher, RJ, McKinney, MA, Fisk, AT, McMeans, BC, Tomy, GT, Teixeira, C, Wang, X, Duric, M
2016 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

27- Rapid environmental change drives increased land use by an Arctic marine predator
Journal Article
Atwood, TC, Peacock, E, McKinney, MA, Lillie, K, Wilson, R, Douglas, DC, Miller, S, Terletzky, P
2016 PLoS ONE (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

26- Global versus local causes and health implications of high mercury concentrations in sharks from the east coast of South Africa
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, Dean, K, Hussey, NE, Cliff, G, Wintner, SP, Dudley, SFJ, Zungu, MP, Fisk, AT
2016 Science of the Total Environment (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

25- A review of ecological impacts of global climate change on persistent organic pollutant and mercury pathways and exposures in arctic marine ecosystems
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, Pedro, S, Dietz, R, Sonne, C, Fisk, AT, Roy, D, Jenssen, BM, Letcher, RJ
2015 Current Zoology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

24- Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modelling of immune, reproductive and carcinogenic effects from contaminant exposure in polar bears (Ursus maritimus) across the Arctic
Journal Article
Dietz, R, Gustavson, K, Sonne, C, Desforges, J-P, Rigét, FF, Pavlova, V, McKinney, MA, Letcher, RJ
2015 Environmental Research (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

23- Temporal and spatial variation in polychlorinated biphenyl chiral signatures of the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) and its arctic marine food web
Journal Article
Lu, Z, Fisk, AT, Kovacs, KM, Lydersen, C, McKinney, MA, Tomy, GT, Rosenburg, B, McMeans, BC, Muir, DCG, Wong, CS
2014 Environmental Pollution (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

22- Validation of adipose lipid content as a body condition index for polar bears
Journal Article
Mckinney, MA, Atwood, T, Dietz, R, Sonne, C, Iverson, SJ, Peacock, E
2014 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

21- Remote biopsy darting and marking of polar bears
Journal Article
Pagano, AM, Peacock, E, Mckinney, MA
2014 Marine Mammal Science (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

20- Comparative hepatic in vitro depletion and metabolite formation of major perfluorooctane sulfonate precursors in arctic polar bear, beluga whale, and ringed seal
Journal Article
Letcher, RJ, Chu, S, McKinney, MA, Tomy, GT, Sonne, C, Dietz, R
2014 Chemosphere (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

19- Global change effects on the long-term feeding ecology and contaminant exposures of East Greenland polar bears
Journal Article
Mckinney, MA, Iverson, SJ, Fisk, AT, Sonne, C, Rigét, FF, Letcher, RJ, Arts, MT, Born, EW, Rosing-Asvid, A, Dietz, R
2013 Global Change Biology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

18- Three decades (1983-2010) of contaminant trends in East Greenland polar bears (Ursus maritimus). Part 1: Legacy organochlorine contaminants
Journal Article
Dietz, R, Rigét, FF, Sonne, C, Born, EW, Bechshøft, T, McKinney, MA, Letcher, RJ
2013 Environment International (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

17- Three decades (1983-2010) of contaminant trends in East Greenland polar bears (Ursus maritimus). Part 2: Brominated flame retardants
Journal Article
Dietz, R, Rigét, FF, Sonne, C, Born, EW, Bechshøft, T, McKinney, MA, Drimmie, RJ, Muir, DCG, Letcher, RJ
2013 Environment International (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

16- Influence of carbon and lipid sources on variation of mercury and other trace elements in polar bears (Ursus maritimus)
Journal Article
Routti, H, Letcher, RJ, Born, EW, Branigan, M, Dietz, R, Evans, TJ, McKinney, MA, Peacock, E, Sonne, C
2012 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

15- Trophic transfer of contaminants in a changing arctic marine food web: Cumberland sound, Nunavut, Canada
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, McMeans, BC, Tomy, GT, Rosenberg, B, Ferguson, SH, Morris, A, Muir, DCG, Fisk, AT
2012 Environmental Science and Technology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

14- The authors' reply
Journal Article
Letcher, RJ, Mckinney, MA
2012 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

13- Comparison of the enantiomer distribution of chiral organochlorine contaminants in captive west greenland sled dogs and polar bears from Baffin Bay
Unsupported: Serial (Book, Monograph)
Ross, MS, Letcher, RJ, McKinney, MA, Sonne, C, Dietz, R, Wong, CS
2011 ACS Symposium Series (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

12- Comparative hepatic microsomal biotransformation of selected PBDEs, including decabromodiphenyl ether, and decabromodiphenyl ethane flame retardants in Arctic marine-feeding mammals
Journal Article
Mckinney, MA, Dietz, R, Sonne, C, De Guise, S, Skirnisson, K, Karlsson, K, Steingrímsson, E, Letcher, RJ
2011 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

11- Regional contamination versus regional dietary differences: Understanding geographic variation in brominated and chlorinated contaminant levels in polar bears
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, Letcher, RJ, Aars, J, Born, EW, Branigan, M, Dietz, R, Evans, TJ, Gabrielsen, GW, Muir, DCG, Peacock, E, Sonne, C
2011 Environmental Science and Technology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

10- Flame retardants and legacy contaminants in polar bears from Alaska, Canada, East Greenland and Svalbard, 2005-2008
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, Letcher, RJ, Aars, J, Born, EW, Branigan, M, Dietz, R, Evans, TJ, Gabrielsen, GW, Peacock, E, Sonne, C
2011 Environment International (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

9- The role of diet on long-term concentration and pattern trends of brominated and chlorinated contaminants in western Hudson Bay polar bears, 1991-2007
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, Stirling, I, Lunn, NJ, Peacock, E, Letcher, RJ
2010 Science of the Total Environment (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

8- Erratum: Polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons and metabolites: Relation to circulating thyroid hormone and retinol in nestling bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Journal Article
Cesh, LS, Elliott, KH, Quade, S, McKinney, MA, Maisoneuve, F, Garcelon, DK, Sandau, CD, Letcher, RJ, Williams, TD, Elliott, JE
2010 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Date Added: 2015-01-23)

7- Polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons and metabolites: Relation to circulating thyroid hormone and retinol in nestling bald eagles (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus)
Journal Article
Cesh, LS, Elliott, KH, Quade, S, Mckinney, MA, Maisoneuve, F, Garcelon, DK, Sandau, CD, Letcher, RJ, Williams, TD, Elliott, JE
2010 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Date Added: 2015-01-23)

6- Sea ice-associated diet change increases the levels of chlorinated and brominated contaminants in polar bears
Journal Article
Mckinney, MA, Peacock, E, Letcher, RJ
2009 Environmental Science and Technology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

5- Bioaccumulation and biotransformation of brominated and chlorinated contaminants and their metabolites in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) and polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from East Greenland
Journal Article
Letcher, RJ, Gebbink, WA, Sonne, C, Born, EW, McKinney, MA, Dietz, R
2009 Environment International (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

4- Brominated flame retardants and halogenated phenolic compounds in North American west coast bald eaglet (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) plasma
Journal Article
Mckinney, MA, Cesh, LS, Elliott, JE, Williams, TD, Garcelon, DK, Letcher, RJ
2006 Environmental Science and Technology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

3- Organohalogen contaminants and metabolites in beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) liver from two Canadian populations
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, De Guise, S, Martineau, D, Béland, P, Lebeuf, M, Letcher, RJ
2006 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

2- Biotransformation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and polychlorinated biphenyls in beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) and rat mammalian model using an in vitro hepatic microsomal assay
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, De Guise, S, Martineau, D, Béland, P, Arukwe, A, Letcher, RJ
2006 Aquatic Toxicology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)

1- Characterization and profiling of hepatic cytochromes P450 and phase II xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes in beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from the St. Lawrence River Estuary and the Canadian Arctic
Journal Article
McKinney, MA, Arukwe, A, De Guise, S, Martineau, D, Béland, P, Dallaire, A, Lair, S, Lebeuf, M, Letcher, RJ
2004 Aquatic Toxicology (Date Added: 2018-10-10)