I received a BSc in fish and wildlife biology in 1980 and a MSc in environmental physiology in 1983, both from the University of Guelph. I completed my PhD in 1988 in Aquatic Toxicology at the University of Waterloo.
Most recently, I was the Director of Monitoring at Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), where I worked to help the oil sands industry adjust to a new regional environmental monitoring framework, and to align monitoring across oil sands companies.
Prior to COSIA, I held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Ecosystem Health Assessment at the University of New Brunswick (2001-2013), and 11 years as a Research Scientists with the Canadian Federal Government (6 at Fisheries and Oceans and 5 at Environment Canada).
I am a co-founder of the Canadian Rivers Institute, was the Scientific Director of the Canadian Water Network, and have sat on scientific panels for UNEP, OECD, and the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. I have developed regional monitoring programs in South America, Asia and North America, have worked with various governments to improve environmental assessment models, and have taught environmental monitoring study design in more a dozen countries.
My research is primarily field-based and focused on measuring the responses of wild fishes to natural and anthropogenic stressors including pulp mills, oil refineries, oil sands operations, agriculture), and municipalities, on examining the suitability of laboratory studies for predicting field effects, and on the use of alternate approaches for detecting impacts.
Most recently my focus has been on developing adaptive, tiered and triggered monitoring frameworks, and in linking the various monitoring programs exist to a common philosophical foundation and integrated management framework. Long term data sets are used to define “normal ranges” for monitoring parameters ranging from water quality measurements and benthic invertebrate community information, to fish population metrics.
My academic studies are focused on testing hypotheses about the role that variation in fish reproductive life histories plays in species differences in sensitivity to environmental contamination. I developed an effects-based ecosystem health assessment approach focused on fish life history information on growth rates, reproductive rates, survival, and indicators of condition which is used to generate and test site-specific hypotheses related to identifying stressors responsible for changes in fish populations.
Arciszewski, T.A., K.R. Munkittrick, G.J. Scrimgeour, M.G. Dube, F.J. Wrona and R.R. Hazewinkel. 2017. Using adaptive principles to develop meaningful, robust and actionable environmental monitoring programs. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management IN PRESS DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1938
Feswick, A., M. Isaacs, A. Biales, R.W. Flick, D.C. Bencic, R.-L. Wang, Chris Vulpe, M. Brown-Augustine, A. Loguinov, F. Falciani, P. Antczak, J. Herbert, L. Brown, N.D. Denslow, K.J. Kroll, C. Lavelle, V. Dang, L. Escalon, N. Garcia-Reyero, C.J. Martyniuk and K.R. Munkittrick. 2017. How consistent are we? Interlaboratory comparison study in fathead minnows using the model estrogen 17α-ethinylestradiol to develop recommendations for environmental transcriptomics. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. IN PRESS DOI 10.1002/etc.3799
Bahamonde, P.A., M.E. McMaster, M.R. Servos, C.J. Martyniuk and K.R. Munkittrick. 2017. Characterizing transcriptional networks in male Rainbow Darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) that regulate testis development over a complete reproductive cycle. PLOS ONE 11 (11): Issue: 11
Kilgour, B.W., K.M. Somers, T.J. Barrett, K.R. Munkittrick and A. Francis. 2017. Testing against “Normal” with environmental data. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 13:188-197. DOI 10.1002/ieam.1775
Aguilar- Betancourt, C.M., G. González-Sansón, K.A. Kidd, K.R. Munkittrick, R.A. Curry, D. Kosonoy-Aceves, G. Lucano-Ramírez, S. Ruiz-Ramírez and J.R. Flores-Ortega. 2016. Fishes as indicators of untreated sewage contamination in a Mexican coastal lagoon. Marine Pollution Bulletin 113: 100-109
Pippy, B.A., K.A. Kidd, K.R. Munkittrick, A. Mercer, and H. Hunt. 2016. Use of the Atlantic nut clam (Nucula proxima) and catworm (Nephtys incisa) in a sentinel species approach for monitoring the health of Bay of Fundy estuaries. Marine Pollution Bulletin 106: 225-235
Bahamonde, P.A., A. Feswick, M.A. Isaacs, K.R. Munkittrick and C.J. Martyniuk. 2016. Defining the role of omics in assessing ecosystem health: perspectives from the Canadian environmental monitoring program. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 35: 20-35 DOI: 10.1002/etc.3218
Diamond, J. K. Munkittrick, K. Kapo and J. Flippin. 2015. A framework for screening sites at risk from contaminants of emerging concern. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 34: 2671-81. DOI:10.1002/etc.3177
Arciszewski, T.J. and K.R. Munkittrick. 2015. Development of an adaptive monitoring framework for long-term programs: an example using indicators of fish health. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 11:701-718. DOI 10.1002/ieam.1636
Miller, L.L., M.A. Isaacs, C.J. Martyniuk and K.R. Munkittrick. 2015. Using molecular biomarkers and traditional morphometric measurements to assess the health of slimy sculpin (Cottus cognatus) from streams with elevated selenium in north-eastern British Columbia. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 34: 2335-2346. DOI: 10.1002/etc.3064
Miller, D.H., J.E. Tietge, M.E. McMaster, K.R. Munkittrick, X. Xia, D.A. Griesmer and G.T. Ankley. 2015. Linking mechanistic toxicology to population models in forecasting recovery from chemical stress: A case study from Jackfish Bay, Ontario, Canada. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 34(7): 1623-1633 DOI:10.1002/etc.2972
Chiang, G., R. Barra, M. Rivas, M. Diaz-Jaramillo, P. Bahamonde, and K.R. Munkittrick. 2015. Estrogenicity and intersex in juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) exposed to Pine/Eucalyptus pulp and paper production effluent in Chile. Aquat. Toxicol. 164: 126-134
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