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Jennifer Provencher

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (UBC), Bed (UBC), MSc (UVIC), Ph.D. (Carleton University)
Phone:819 955 1399

Current Research

My research focuses on wildlife health, including contaminants, parasites and diseases. The focus of much of my research is on the effects of plastic pollution, including the cumulative effects of plastic pollution in relation to contaminants, parasites and diseases in wildlife. Most of my research has focused on the Arctic, but I also work with partners on a variety of wildlife health issues across Canada, including chronic wasting disease in cervids. All of this work is done in collaboration with partners, including Indigenous, provincial, territorial and federal groups.

Selected Publications

Fudlosid S, Ritchie MW, Muzzatti MJ, Allison JE, Provencher JF, MacMillan HA. 2022. Ingestion of microplastic fibres, but not microplastic beads, impacts growth rates in the tropical house cricket Gryllodes sigillatus. Frontiers in Physiology 11.

Henri D, Martinez-Levasseur LM, Provencher JF, Debets C, Appaqaq M, Houde M. 2022. Engaging Inuit youth in environmental research: braiding Western science and Indigenous knowledge through school workshops. The Journal of Environmental Education.

Sarma NS, Thomas P, Naz S, Pauli B, Crump D, Zahaby Y, O’Brien J, Mallory ML, Franckowiak RP, Gendron M, Provencher JF. 2022. Metabolomic profiles in relation to benchmark polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) and trace elements in two seabird species from Northern Canada. Environmental Research. 204, 112011. 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112022.

Hamilton B, Bourdages M, Geoffroy C, Vermaire J, Mallory ML, Rochman C, Provencher JF. 2021. Microplastics around an Arctic seabird colony: Particle community composition varies across environmental matrices. Science of the Total Environment. 145536.

Provencher JF, Covernton G, Moore R, Horn D, Conkle J, Lusher A. 2020. Proceed with caution: the need to raise the publication bar for microplastics research. Science of the Total Environment. 141426.

Wilson A, Mitchel G, Lupin D, Provencher JF, Wilson S. 2020. A global analysis on the prevalence and ecological drivers of Toxoplasma gondii in wild birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Bourdages MPT, Provencher JF, Sudlovenick E, Ferguson S, Young BG, Pelletier N, Murphy M, D’Addario A, Vermaire JC. 2020. No plastics detected in seal (Phocidae) stomachs harvested in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Alexander SM, Provencher JF, Henri D, Taylor J, Lloren JI, Nanayakkara L, Johnson JT, Cooke SJ.  2019. Bridging Indigenous and science-based knowledge in coastal-marine research and management in Canada. Environmental Evidence. In press. 00:000-000.

Provencher JF, Borrelle S, Bond AL, Lavers J, van Franeker J, Kühn S, Hammer S, Avery-Gomm S, Mallory ML. 2019. Recommended best practices for plastic and litter ingestion studies in marine birds: collection, processing, reporting. FACETS 4: 111-130. doi:10.1139/facets-2018-0043.

Lu Z, De Silva, AO, Provencher JF, Mallory ML, Kirk JL, Houde M, Avery-Gomm S, Stewart C, Braune BM, Black A, Muir D. 2019. Accumulation of Substituted Diphenylamine Antioxidants and Benzotriazole UV Stabilizers in Arctic Seabirds and Seals. Science of the Total Environment.

Provencher JF, Ammendolia J, Rochman C, Mallory ML. 2018. Assessing plastic debris in aquatic food webs: what we know and don’t know about uptake and trophic transfer. Environmental Reviews.

Mallory ML, Gaston AJ, Provencher JF, Wong SP, Anderson C, Elliott KW, Gilchrist, HG, Janssen M, Lazarus T, Patterson A, Pirie-Dominix L, Spencer N. 2018. Identifying key marine habitat sites for seabirds and sea ducks in the Canadian Arctic. Environmental Reviews.

Anderson C, Provencher JF, Iverson S, Black A, Hedd A, Merkel F, Mallory ML. 2018. Old threats in new habitats: modelling effects of an expanding Arctic fishery on a seabird population in the Canadian Arctic. Marine Environmental Research 142: 80-90. doi: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.09.021.

Provencher JF, Mallory ML, Avery-Gomm S, Liboiron M, Braune BM, Letcher R. 2018. Are ingested microplastics a vector for PCBs in seabirds? Environmental Research 167:184-190.

Provencher JF, Vermaire J, Avery-Gomm S, Braune BM, Mallory ML. 2018. Garbage in guano? Microplastics found in faecal precursors of seabirds known to ingest plastics. Science of the Total Environment 644: 1477-1484.