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Roxanne Razavi

Roxanne  Razavi

Assistant Professor

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207 Illick Hall


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Ph.D. Biology (2014) Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

M.Sc. Biology (2009) Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

B.Sc. Biology (2006) McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


EFB 496/696 Ecotoxicology Introduction to principles of ecotoxicology and to current research topics in this field. 

EFB 400/600 Toxic Health Hazards Introduction to principles of toxicology and to the scientific basis for regulations and personal decisions about toxic health hazards.

EFB 797 Metal Stable Isotopes Grad Seminar Introduction to concepts of mass-dependent and mass-independent metal stable isotope fractionation, with a focus on processes that induce mercury metal stable isotope fractionation in nature.

EFB 797 Adaptive Peaks Grad Seminar Practical experience for graduate students to improve written and verbal communication skills.


K Riva-Murray, W Richter, NR Razavi, DA Burns, LB Cleckner, M Burton, SD George, D Freehafer (2020) Mercury in fish from streams and rivers in New York State: Spatial patterns, temporal changes, and environmental drivers. Ecotoxicology

NR Razavi, JD Halfman, SF Cushman, T Massey, R Beutner, J Foust, B Gilman, LB Cleckner (2019) Mercury concentrations in fish and invertebrates of the Finger Lakes in central New York, USA. Ecotoxicology, 1-13

SA Dzielski, NR Razavi, CW Twining, LB Cleckner, VG Rohwer (2019) Reconstructing avian mercury concentrations through time using museum specimens from New York State. Ecotoxicology 1-13

NR Razavi, SF Cushman, JD Halfman, T Massey, R Beutner, LB Cleckner (2019) Mercury bioaccumulation in stream food webs of the Finger Lakes in central New York State, USA.  Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 172:265-272

Hayes, N.M., Deemer, B.R., Corman, J.R., Razavi, N.R., and K.E. Strock (2017) Key Differences Between Lakes and Reservoirs Modify Climate Signals: A Case for a New Conceptual Model. Limnology and Oceanography Letters 2:47-62.

Razavi, N.R., Qu, M., Chen, D., Ren, W., Zhong, Y., Wang, Y. and L.M. Campbell (2015) Effect of eutrophication on mercury (Hg) dynamics in subtropical reservoirs from a high Hg deposition ecoregion. Limnology and Oceanography 60:386-401.

Razavi, N.R., Arts, M.T., Qu, M., Jin., B., Ren, W., Wang, Y., and L.M. Campbell (2014) Effect of eutrophication on mercury, selenium, and essential fatty acids in Bighead Carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) from reservoirs of eastern China. Science of the Total Environment 499:36–46.

Razavi, N.R., Qu, M., Jin, B., Ren, W., Wang, Y. and L.M. Campbell (2014) Mercury biomagnification in subtropical reservoir fishes of eastern China. Ecotoxicology 23:133–146.

Razavi, N.R., Ridal, J.J., Hickey, M.B.C, Campbell, L.M. and P.V. Hodson (2014) Ebullition rates and mercury concentrations in St. Lawrence River sediments and a benthic invertebrate. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:857-865.

Yang, Z., Yu, Y., Yao, L., Li, G., Wang, L., Hu, Y., Wei, H., Wang, L., Hammami, R., Razavi, R., Zhong, Y. and X. Liang (2011) DetoxiProt: an integrated database for detoxification proteins. BMC Genomics doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-12-S3-S2.

Ridal, J.J., Yanch, L.E., Fowlie, A.R., Razavi, N.R., Delongchamp, T.M., Choy, E.S., Fathi, M., Hodson, P.V., Campbell, L.M., Blais, J.M., Hickey, M.B.C., Yumvihoze, E and D.R.S. Lean (2010) Potential causes of enhanced transfer of mercury to St. Lawrence River Biota: implications for sediment management strategies at Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Hydrobiologia 647:81–98.

Sternin, E., Zaraskaiya, T., Razavi, R., and M Epand (2006) Changes in molecular order across the lamellar-to-inverted hexagonal phase depend on the position of the double-bond in mono-unsaturated phospholipids dispersion. Chemistry and Physics of Lipids 140:98-108


Hundey, E.J., Olker, J.H., Carreira, C., Daigle, R.M., Elgin, A.K., Finiguerra,M., Gownaris, N.J., Hayes, N., Heffner, L., Razavi, N.R., Shirey, P.D., Tolar, B.B., and E.M. Wood-Charlson (2016) A Shifting Tide: Recommendations for Incorporating Science Communication into Graduate Training. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin Article 25:109-116.

Corman, J.R., Deemer, B.R., Hayes, N.M., Gregory-Eaves, I., Razavi, N.R., Strock, K.E., and K. Turgeon (2016) Lake and Reservoir management made a splash at the 2016 ASLO summer meeting. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin Meeting Highlights 25:133-134.

Razavi, R. (2016) Facilitating the art of the analytical chemist: an essential guide for examining metals. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin Book Review 25:27-28.

Current Research Assistants

Jeremiah Tennant


Current Graduate Advisees

Soheila DavoodiSoheila Davoodi

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Razavi
  • Area of Study: Environmental & Forest Biology

Eric LevanduskiEric Levanduski

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Razavi
  • Area of Study: Environmental & Forest Biology

Hadis MiralyHadis Miraly

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Limburg and Razavi
  • Area of Study: Aquatic and Fisheries Science

Graduate Research Topic
The goal of my research is to determine the effects of lifetime hypoxia exposure on trophic transfer of methylmercury using fish otoliths and eye lenses chemistry

Jeremiah TennantJeremiah Tennant

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Razavi
  • Area of Study: Environmental & Forest Biology

Abby WebsterAbby Webster

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Razavi
  • Area of Study: EFB Chemical Ecology