Alana Greaves

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2010. I began working under Rob Letcher at the National Wildlife Research Centre (NWRC) during my Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry specializing in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology (2010 – 2012), where I looked at the tissue distribution of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in polar bears from Greenland. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology with Rob Letcher at the NWRC. My research objectives are to understand the pharmacokinetics of organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs) in herring gulls from the Great Lakes. My work has lead me to analyze OPFR residue levels in multiple herring gull tissues and their eggs, as well as perform in vitro biotransformation assays to determine the extent and rate of OPFR metabolism in herring gulls.