Prof. Jules Blais
Jules M. Blais
Full Professor

GNN 271
(613) 562-5800 ext. 6650

Department of Biology


Dr. Blais’ work focuses on identifying the consequences of environmental pollutants on natural systems. His main emphasis is on the sources, pathways and fate of persistent pollutants in aquatic environments. In particular, he is determining how industrial pollutants are transported and concentrated by natural phenomena to reach elevated exposures in target organisms, including humans.

Selected publications

  • Seabert T, Pal S, Pinet B, Haman F, Robidoux M, Imbeault P, Krummel E, Kimpe LE, Blais JM. Elevated contaminants contrasted with diversity of polyunsaturated fatty acids in wild food consumers of two remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, Canada. PLoS One 9: e90351, 2014
  • Deison R, Smol JP, Kokelj SV, Pisaric MFJ, Kimpe LE, Poulain AJ, Sanei H, Thienpont JR, Blais JM. Spatial and temporal assessment of mercury and organic matter in lakes affected by thawing permafrost in the Mackenzie Delta uplands, NT, Canada. Environmental Science & Technology 46: 8748-8755, 2012
  • Foster KL, Kimpe LE, Brimble SK, Liu H, Mallory ML, Smol JP, Macdonald RW, Blais JM. Effects of seabird vectors on the fate, partitioning, and signatures of contaminants in a High Arctic ecosystem. Environmental Science & Technology 45: 10053-10060, 2011
  • Al-Ansari A, Saleem A, Kimpe LE, Trudeau VL, Blais JM. The development of an optimized sample preparation for trace level detection of 17?-ethinylestradiol and estrone in whole fish tissue. J. Chromatogr. B 879: 3649-3652, 2011
  • Foster KL, Wang SW, Mackay D, Mallory ML, Blais JM. Preliminary assessment of avian stomach oils: A vector of contaminants to chicks and potential for diet analysis and biomonitoring. Environmental Science & Technology, 44: 6869-6874, 2010

Research interests

  • Aquatic environments
  • Limnology
  • Land-water interactions
  • Exposure assessment
  • Environmental toxicology