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

Paterson G., Rush SA., Arts MT., Drouillard KG., Haffner GD., Johnson TB., Lantry BF., Hebert CE., McGoldrick DJ., Backus SM. and Fisk AT. Ecological tracers quantify resource partitioning among four Lake Ontario prey fish species. Freshwater Biology in press.

Kapuscinski KL., Farrell JM., Wilkinson MA., Paterson G., Skinner LC., Richter W., Gudlewski AJ. 2014 Low concentrations of contaminants in an invasive cyprinid, the rudd,in a Great Lakes area of concern, the upper Niagara River. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. in press.

McLeod A, Paterson G., Drouillard KG, and Haffner GD. 2014. Characterizing variability of POPs bioaccumulation within forage fish communities of the Detroit River, Ontario, Canada. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. in press.

Paterson G., Hebert CE., Drouillard KG., and Haffner GD. 2014. Congruent energy density trends of fish and birds reflect ecosystem change. Limnol. Oceanogr. 59: 1171-1180.

Olin JA., Beaudry M., Fisk AT., and Paterson G. 2014. Age related PCB dynamics in immature bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas). Environ. Toxicol. and Chem.33: 35-43.

Daley JM., Paterson G., and Drouillard KG. 2014. Bioamplification as a non-steady state bioaccumulation mechanism for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in wildlife. Rev. Environ. Contam. Toxicol.. 227: 107-155.


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