Gordon Paterson

Gordon Paterson

Assistant Professor

110 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6942/470-6760




Research Interests

Research in my lab focuses on the effects of environmental stressors and anthropogenic activities such as invasive species, habitat loss, nutrient amendment programs and climate change on the bioaccumulation and exposure of aquatic organisms to legacy and emerging environmental pollutants. Environmental stressors have the capacity to alter food web structure and energy flow which has cascading effects on the transport and bioaccumulation of pollutants such as PCBs, DDT, and mercury.  From these perspectives, lab research is highly interested in the importance of ecological changes and their influences on the environmental toxicology of a range of anthropogenic pollutants.  Recent lab research interests also include investigating emerging environmental pollutants such as engineered nanoparticles and pharmaceuticals and personal care products.  Releases of these materials into the environment occurs primarily through residential, municipal and industrial waste effluents with relatively little known regarding the fate and aquatic toxicity of these potential pollutants.

Recent Publications

Colborne SF. Rush SA., Paterson G., Johnson TB., Lantry BF., and Fisk AT. 2016 Estimates of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) diet in Lake Ontario using two and three isotope mixing models.  Journal of Great Lakes Research. In press.

Paterson G., Ryder M., Drouillard KG., and Haffner GD. 2016. Contrasting PCB bioaccumulation patterns among Lake Huron lake trout reflect basin specific ecology. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 1: 65-73.

McLeod AM., Paterson G., Drouillard KG. and Haffner GD. 2015. PCB food web dynamics quantify nutrient and energy flow in aquatic ecosystems. Environ. Sci. Technol. 49: 12832-12839.

McLeod AM., Arnot JA., Borgå K., Selck H., Kashian D., Paterson G., Drouillard KG. and Haffner GD.  2015. Quantifying uncertainty in the trophic magnification factor related to spatial movements of organisms in a food web. Int. Environ. Assess. Man. 11: 306-318.

Abma RA., Paterson G., McLeod A., and Haffner GD. 2015. Cross-basin comparison of mercury bioaccumulation in Lake Huron lake trout emphasizes ecological characteristics. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 34: 355-359.


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