Brief Description of Research

   We are interested in identifying the consequences of pollutants on natural systems. Our main emphasis is on the sources, pathways and fate of persistent pollutants in aquatic environments. In particular, we are interested in determining how industrial pollutants are transported and concentrated by natural phenomena to reach elevated exposures in target organisms.

   Nous cherchons à identifier l'effet des polluants sur les systèmes naturels. Nos travaux ciblent les sources, le cheminement et la destinée  des polluants persistants dans les milieux aquatiques. Nous sommes particulièrement intéressés à déterminer la manière dont les polluants industriels sont naturellement transportés et concentrés et conduisent à des niveaux d'exposition élevées pour les organismes aquatiques.

To Contact:

Dr. Jules M. Blais

Program for Chemical and Environmental Toxicology

Department of Biology

University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

K1N 6N5


Phone: (613) 562-5800 Ext. 6650

Fax: (613) 562-5486

Laborartory: (613) 562-5800 Ext. 6668


Dr. Jules M. Blais, Curriculum Vitae (abbreviated)


2015-present    Founding Editor in Chief of FACETS, a multidisciplinary open access science journal, Canadian Science Publishing.


2012-2015        President of The Society of Canadian Limnologists




Ph.D. Biogeochemistry, McGill University, Department of Biology, 1995.


B.Sc. Biology, Concordia University, Department of Biology, 1990


Employment History:


2017                        Honorary Professor, Qinghai Normal University, Xining, China

2012-Present          Honorary (adjunct) Professor, University of Science and Technology of China,

                                Hefei, China

2009-Present          Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

2003-2009              Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

1998-2003              Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa

2001 (July)              Visiting Scientist Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Pau, France

1995-1998               Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta




Frank Rigler Memorial Award, Society of Canadian Limnologists, 2017.


2013 NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research in science and engineering (awarded jointly to Jules Blais and John Smol (Queen’s University) by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada).


Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, 2010


Environmental Scientist of the Year Award, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, 2008


Stevenson Award, Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research, 2005


Lindeman Award, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 2003.




Freshwater Ecology / Écologie des eaux douces (BIO 4136 / BIO 4536), University of Ottawa, Taught yearly since 2000, alternately in English and French.


Field methods in Ecotoxicology (BIO 3107), Summer 2000, 2001, 2002 (taught with Prof. Peter Hodson, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada)


Ecotoxicology / Écotoxicologie (BIO 4146 / BIO 4546), University of Ottawa. Taught every year since 1998 alternately in English and French.


Environmental Issues / Problèmes environnementaux (EVS 3101/ EVS 3501), University of Ottawa, Fall, 1999 (English and French).