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Pierre Mineau

Adjunct Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (McGill), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Queen's)
Phone:(613) 853-2013

Research Interests

I am currently Senior Scientist and sole proprietor of Pierre Mineau Consulting, with over 40 years of experience in assessing the environmental risk of pesticides. I was formerly with the Canadian Government as Senior Research Scientist within the Science and Technology Branch of Environment Canada and, before that, the Canadian Wildlife Service.  I have been an advisor on pesticide issues and have participated in regulatory and legal proceedings in Canada, the U.S., the European Union, and Argentina. With the help of students and collaborators, I work at various scales of biological organization – from the use of sub-cellular biomarkers of pesticide exposure to analyses of bird population trends in response to pesticide use patterns. By extension, I also study risk assessment methodology, how agricultural practices affect wildlife more generally, as well as the ecological ‘value’ and population dynamics of birds and, more recently, bees in cropland. My most recent interests are 1) the assessment of neonicotinoid insecticides, a class of compounds increasingly being blamed for losses of honeybees and other pollinators worldwide as well as widespread contamination of aquatic systems, and impacts on birds, bats and other insect consumers; 2) assessing and modeling the impacts of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides; and 3) measuring the total environmental footprint of pesticide use through the development of empirically-based risk models and indicators (e.g. see the Pesticide Risk Tool at

A complete CV as well as a list of publications can be obtained by contacting me at; a list of publications should also be available from a link below. Where copyright rules permit, those publications are available for download at:

Selected Publications

Thomas, P.J., P. Mineau, R.F. Shore, L. Champoux, P. Martin, L. Wilson, G. Fitzgerald, J. Elliott. In press.  Second generation anticoagulant rodenticides in predatory birds: probabilistic characterisation of toxic liver concentrations and implications for predatory bird populations in Canada, Environment International.

Mineau, P. 2009. Birds and pesticides: is the threat of a silent spring really behind us?  2009 Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture, Pesticide News 86: 12-18.

Mineau, P., T. Dawson, M. Whiteside, C. Morrison, K. Harding, L. Singh, T. Längle, and D.A.R. McQueen. 2009. Environmental Risk-Based Standards for Pesticide Use in Canada. National Agri-Environmental Standards Initiative Synthesis Report No. 7. Environment Canada. Gatineau, Quebec. 94 p.

Mineau, P., K. M. Harding, M. Whiteside, M. R. Fletcher, D. Garthwaite, and L. D. Knopper. 2008. Using reports of bee mortality in the field to calibrate laboratory-derived pesticide risk indices. J. Environmental Entomology 37(2):546-554.

Mineau, P. and M. Whiteside. 2006. The lethal risk to birds from insecticide use in the U.S. – A spatial and temporal analysis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25(5):1214-1222.

Several open source outputs available from:

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