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Work: Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Peter S. Ross is the founding Director of the Ocean Pollution Research Program of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. He is an international expert in the area of ocean pollution, having published over 130 scientific articles and book chapters.
He was a Research Scientist with the Canadian government between 1996 and 2013 prior to moving to the Aquarium. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. He obtained his PhD from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands (1995), MSc from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1990), and BSc (Honours) from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario (1985). He has pioneered new techniques to evaluate the effects of persistent pollutants on the health of marine mammals and fish, having conducted seminal studies on the interactions between contaminants, the endocrine system and the immune system using a combination of field and semi-field studies.
Dr Ross has carried out studies on the transport and fate of legacy and emerging contaminants in aquatic environments. He is frequently called upon to provide advice to conservation teams on endangered species, and serves as the Chairman of the Eastern Taiwan Strait Sousa Technical Advisory Working Group. He has served as an Expert Witness in different capacities, and has provided advice in support of contaminated marine sites, disposal at sea practices, and the regulation of chemicals of emerging concern in Canada. Dr Ross attaches great importance to his work with coastal First Nations and Inuit communities on issues surrounding safe traditional seafoods. Dr Ross is the 2012 recipient of the Murray A. Newman Award for Significant Achievement in Aquatic Research from the Vancouver Aquarium.