Derek Muir


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    Environment and Climate Change Canada, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

  • Derek Muir is a Senior Research Scientist with Environment & Climate Change Canada’s Water Sciences and Technology Directorate in Burlington ON and is an adjunct professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at University of Guelph and in the Dept of Chemistry at University of Toronto. He directs an environmental chemistry group that studies sources, fate and bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants, chemicals of emerging concern, polycyclic aromatic compounds, mercury, and heavy metals in the freshwater, marine, and terrestrial environment. Muir has co-chaired the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, POPs expert committee, since the mid-1990s and has co-led several AMAP and Canadian assessments of POPs in the Arctic which were published as special issues of Science of the Total Environment. He has served on several Canadian and International advisory committees including UNEP-Stockholm Convention POPs Assessment working group for Western Europe and other Governments, and the WEHO/UNEP Panel on Global Assessment of the State-of-the-Science of Endocrine Disruptors. Funding for his research comes from government of Canada programs (Chemical Management Plan, Northern Contaminants Program) and from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Muir was awarded the SETAC Founder’s Award in 2000 for work on persistent organic pollutants. He is a SETAC Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Chemical Institute of Canada. He is author or co-author of about 550 peer reviewed papers, book chapters, and assessment reports. He was listed in Thomson-Reuters Highly cited.com “World’s Most Influential scientific minds, 2014” ranked among the top 1% most cited in the field of Environmental Science/Ecology.