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February 14, 2016

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BLM Workshop agenda

Monday May 12.

Introduction to the Biotic Ligand Model.

9:00 - 9:30

Arrival, registration, coffee

9:30 - 9:35

Welcome, introductions

9:35 - 12:30

Predicting the toxicity of metals to aquatic organisms: an introduction to the Biotic Ligand Model Part I

Ray Arnold & Bob Santore

Copper Development Association & HydroQual Inc.

12:30 - 1:30


1:30 4:30

Predicting the toxicity of metals to aquatic organisms: an introduction to the Biotic Ligand Model Part II

Bob Santore & Ray Arnold

Copper Development Association & HydroQual Inc.

Tuesday May 13.

Biotic Ligand Model Principles and Applications

8:30 - 8:50

Coffee and snacks

8:50 - 9:40

Interactive tutorial on chemical equilibirum modelling and relationship to BLM

Scott Smith

Dept Chemistry, Wilfrid Laurier U.

9:40 - 10:30

Modelling and data interpretation in the development of biotic ligand parameters.

Uwe Borgmann

Environment Canada, Burlington

10:30 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:30

Comparing metal speciation measurements and predictions using the current BLM model

Bernard Vigneault

CANMET-MMSL, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa.

11:30 -12:15

Developing soil BLM approaches

Beverly Hale

Dept Land Resource Science, U. Guelph

12:15 1:30


1:30 2:10

The physiology behind the BLM

Greg Pyle

Dept. Biology, Nipissing University

2:10 2:50

Application of BLM principles to model the relationship between metal bioaccumulation and effects.

Paul Paquin

HydroQual Inc.

2:50 3:15

Alternative endpoints for application of BLM principles: olfaction

Reehan Mirza

Dept. Biology, Nipissing University

3:15 3:30


3:30 4:20

The predictive accuracy and protectiveness of the BLM with copper.

Chris Mebane

US Geological Survey, Boise, Idaho.

4:20 4:50

Copper sensitivity in glochidia: assessing the effect of water composition on the sensitive larvae of freshwater mussels

Patty Gillis

NWRI, Environment Canada, Burlington

4:50 5:10

Copper and zinc toxicity in radioactive waste from Ontario CANDU Nuclear Stations

Dave Rogers

Kinectrics, Toronto

5:10 - 5:30

Development and performance of an acute Ni toxicity BLM in reconstituted and natural soft waters.

Tatiana Kozlova

CANMET-MMSL, NRCan & Biology, McMaster U.

Wednesday May 14.

Biotic Ligand Model Principles and Applications (contd)

8:30 - 9:00

Coffee and snacks

9:00 - 9:40

Development of a Marine BLM for Cu

Bob Santore

HydroQual Inc.

9:40 - 10:30

Overview of the nickel BLM, and its incorporation into Environmental Quality Standards in Europe.

Chris Schlekat

Ni Producers Environmental Research Association

10:30 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:30

The BLM in the regulatory arena in Canada.

Uwe Schneider & Paul Welsh

NSGO, Environment Canada, Gatineau & Ontario Min. of the Environment, Toronto.

11:30 -11:50

Measurements of natural organic and inorganic matter quality and its protective effects on copper toxicity to Mytilus galloprovincialis in marine and estuarine systems

Sarah DePalma

Chemistry, Wilfrid Laurier U & Biology, U. Waterloo.

11:50 - 12:10

Application of BLM in LCIA (Life Cycle Impact Assessment).

Nilima Gandhi

Dept. Geography and Planning, U. Toronto

12:10 - 12:30

Biotic ligand models for the acute effects of Cd to Daphnia pulex in soft waters.

Matthew Clifford

Dept. Biology, Wilfrid Laurier U.

Related Information Title Type
2008 Agenda for the BLM Workshop Document