Emily S. Choy, Ph.D.
Department of Natural Resource Sciences
MS3-072, Macdonald Stewart Building
21111 Lakeshore Road,
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada
Welcome! I am a W. Garfield Weston and Fonds de Recherche du Québec Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University and Environment and Climate Change Canada studying foraging energetics and using physiological tools to assess the impacts of climate change to Arctic seabirds and marine predators. I am supervised by Dr. Kyle Elliott and Dr. Grant Gilchrist (Environment and Climate Change Canada).
I completed my PhD in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba with Dr. James Roth and Dr. Lisa Loseto (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My research was supported by a NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship and focused on the condition, diet, and diving physiology of the Beaufort Sea beluga population. My research was part of a community-based research project in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, North West Territories.
Prior to my PhD work, I completed my MSc. in the Chemical and Environmental Toxicology program at the University of Ottawa with Dr. Jules Blais, studying biovector transport of contaminants (mercury, PCBs, and DDT) via guano from a large seabird colony to High Arctic food webs at Cape Vera, Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada. I completed my BSc. in Biology at Queen's University with an Honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Peter Hodson on mercury concentrations in spottail shiners in the St. Lawrence River, Cornwall ON. I have worked at Environment Canada and the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences on various projects in ecotoxicology, such as monitoring temporal trends of perfluorinated compounds in polar bears, immunotoxicity in bivalves, mercury in sport and forage fish, and the effects of brominated flame retardants on the reproductive success of tree swallows.
I have a B.Ed in Outdoor and Experiential Education am very involved in science outreach and have worked at the Canadian Museum of Nature as an occasional Science Interpreter and web blogger.