Shawn Donaldson

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton)
Email:Shawn_Donaldson@hc-sc.gc.ca

Shawn Donaldson is manager of the Population Biomonitoring Section at Health Canada and an adjunct research professor at Carleton University.  The Population Biomonitoring Section is responsible for the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch’s contribution to the human health component of the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) and the circumpolar Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) initiatives.  He is a contributing expert to the AMAP Human Health Expert group (AMAP HHAG), member of the NCP Management Committee, and co-chair of the NCP Human Health Technical Review team.  Dr. Donaldson is also a co-author on the previous AMAP (2009) and NCP (2009) human health assessments.

Dr. Donaldson’s research focuses on the impacts of contaminants on human health; climate change and human health; risk communication and management; and the application of science to public policy.  Most of his research is conducted in the Arctic, especially Nunavut, Canada.  He is currently leading a 4 year International Polar Year (IPY) comparative diet choice project and co-leading a second IPY project on environmental change.

He is actively involved in publishing, conducting research, scientific peer reviews of research proposals and journal articles, the supervision/co-supervision of students, and giving guest lectures.

Recent Journal Publications

Donaldson, S.G., M. Feeley, D. Arnold, P. Ayotte, L. Chan, E. Dewailly, C. Furgal, H. Kuhnlein, E. Loring, O. Receveur, Y. Stokker, and J. Van Oostdam, 2010.  Human Health Implications of Environmental Contaminants in Arctic Canada: A Review.  The Science of the Total Environment (408) 5165-5234.

Hutchinson, P., C. Mushquash, and S.G. Donaldson, 2008.  Conducting Health Research with Aboriginal Communities: Barriers and Strategies for Graduate Student Success. Canadian Journal of Native Education (CJNE). Vol. 3:45-63.

Van Oostdam, J., S.G Donaldson, M. Feeley, D. Arnold, P. Ayotte, G. Bondy, L. Chan, E. Dewailly, C. Furgal, H. Kuhnlein, E. Loring, G. Muckle, E. Myles, O. Receveur, Y. Stokker, and B. Tracy, 2005.  Human Health Implications of Environmental Contaminants in Arctic Canada: A Review.  The Science of the Total Environment. 351-352: 165-246.

Muir, D.C.G., R.G. Shearer, J. Van Oostdam, S.G. Donaldson and C. Furgal, 2005.  Contaminants in Canadian Arctic Biota and Implications for Human Health.  The Science of the Total Environment.  531-352: 1-3.

Muir, D.C.G., R.G. Shearer, J. Van Oostdam, S.G. Donaldson and C. Furgal, 2005.  Contaminants in Canadian Arctic Biota and Implications for Human Health: Conclusions and Knowledge Gaps.  The Science of the Total Environment.  531-352: 539-594.

Walker, J.B., J. Houseman, L. Seddon, K. Tofflemire, C. Mills, A. Corriveau, J.P.

Weber, A. LeBlanc, S.G. Donaldson and J. Van Oostdam.  2006.  Maternal and Umbilical Cord Levels of Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and Essential Trace Elements in Arctic Canada.  Environmental Research. 100(3): 295-318

International Assessment Reports (peer reviewed)

Gilman, A., E. Dewailly, A. Dudarev and S.G. Donaldson, 2009.  Chapter 3 “Factors Influencing Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals” In The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP): Human Health in the Arctic.  Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway.

Vaktskjold, A., B. Deutch, K. Skinner and S.G. Donaldson, 2009.  Chapter 4 “Nutrition and Diet in the Arctic” In The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP): Human Health in the Arctic.  Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway.

Van Oostdam, J. and S.G. Donaldson, 2009.  Chapter 5 “Biomonitoring” In The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP): Human Health in the Arctic.  Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway.

Øyvind Odland, J., A. Carlsen, S.G. Donaldson, A. Dudarev, C. Furgal, G. Mulvad, and P. Weihe, 2009.  Chapter 9 “Risk Management and Communication of Environmental Chemicals in the Arctic” In The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP): Human Health in the Arctic.  Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Oslo, Norway.

Martino, D., S. Dalby, N.C. Doubleday and S.G. Donaldson, 2007, “Chapter 1 Environment for Development.”  GEO-04 Assessment Report.  United Nations Environmental Protection Program.  Oxford University Press.  Cary, NC. 

National Health Assessment Reports (peer reviewed)

Van Oostdam, J.,  S.G. Donaldson, M. Feeley, C. Tikhonov, 2009.  (Editors) Canadian Arctic Contaminants and Health Assessment Report – Human Health. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, ON. Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Van Oostdam, J., Donaldson, S., Feeley, M., Tremblay, M., Arnold, D., Ayotte, P., Bondy, G., Chan, L., Dewailly, E., Furgal, C., Gill, U., Kalhok, S., Kuhnlein, H., Loring, E., Muckle, G., Myles, E., Receveur, O., Stokker, Y., Tracy, B. 2003.  Human Health.  Canadian Arctic Contaminants and Assessment Report II. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, ON. ISBN: 0-662-33469-8. Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada.

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