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Paul Drevnick

Paul Drevnick, PhD   

Paul received his BS degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2000. He completed his M.S. degree in 2002 with Dr. Mark Sandheinrich as his research advisor. His M.S. thesis examined the role of methylmercury, a ubiquitous contaminant in the environment, on levels of sex hormones and reproduction in fish and was published in the prestigious journal Environmental Science and Technology. Paul went on to earn a Ph.D. in zoology at Miami University of Ohio. For his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the biogeochemical cycling of mercury and the effects of mercury on northern pike in the semi-pristine lakes of Isle Royale National Park. From 2006-2008, Paul continued his research on the biogeochemistry of mercury as a postdoctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Dr. Drevnick is now a research assistant professor in the Centre Eau Terre Environnement at the University of Quebec. His research is currently focused on contaminants in arctic and high alpine lakes and he continues to investigate the biogeochemistry and toxicology of mercury in the environment.

In addition to Environmental Science and Technology, Paul has published his work in numerous other peer-reviewed journals including Water, Air and Soil Pollution, the Journal of Fish Biology, Aquatic Toxicology, and the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Paul continues to collaborate with the River Studies Center on studies on the effects of contaminants on fish.

The UWL River Studies Center is extremely proud of Dr. Drevnick and of the many other alumni who have dedicated themselves to excellence in aquatic science!