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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
December 4, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Jim McGeer


email: Jim McGeer
phone: 519-884-0710
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Matt Clifford - MSc (completed July 2009)

MSc Integrative Biology, August 2009

I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Here, I worked with Jim McGeer in an undergraduate thesis in aquatic toxicology. This thesis work focused on the biotic ligand model (BLM). The research was aimed at developing a prediction model specifically for invertebrates (Daphnia pulex) in soft water containing zinc.

I continued on at Wilfrid Laurier, joining the Masters program in Integrative Biology and am working on furthering the understanding of BLMs in soft waters. I will be developing models that can predict toxicity of cadmium to the invertebrates Daphnia pulex and Hydra attenuata. Trophic transfers will also be studied to assess bioaccumulation in Daphnia pulex and dietary exposures to Hydra attenuata.


Clifford, M. and J.C. McGeer. 2008. Influence of water chemistry on the toxicity of Zn to Daphnia pulex in soft waters. submitted to Aquatic Toxicology.


Clifford, M. and JC. McGeer. 2007. Development of an acute biotic ligand model for zinc toxicity to Daphnia pulex in soft water. Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting. Nov 11 - 15, Milwaukee. Poster presentation.

Clifford, M. and JC. McGeer. 2007. Abiotic factors influencing the acute toxicity of Zn to Daphnia pulex in soft waters. Canadian Society of Zoologists Annual Meeting. May 21 - 25, Montréal.

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2008 MC Undergrad Thesis Abstract Document