Paul Jones

Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

(306) 966-5062


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Research Interests

Analytical and environmental chemistry and toxicology; fate and effects of trace substances in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; aquatic and wildlife toxicology; ecological risk assessment; human impacts on northern Canadian ecosystems and subsistence food resources

Recent Grants/Awards

  • 2011 - 2014. CERC Global Institute for Water Security. Exotic Chemical Contaminants in the South Saskatchewan River Basin. $300,000.
  • 2011 - 2014. CERC Global Institute for Water Security.  Paleolimnological Studies of Lake Diefenbaker. $149,728.
  • 2011 - 2013. Health Canada, National First Nations Environmental Contaminants Programme. "In Land and Life: Cadmium and Health implications for Indigenous Communities in Central Alberta. $154,000.
  • 2011 - 2012. Boreal Songbird Initiative. Multi-scale health implications of the Athabasca oil sands for Aboriginal communitites in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. $280,000.
  • 2004 - 2007.  US EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program on Computational Toxicology and Biology in Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment.  "Chemical Induced Changes in Gene Expression Patterns (GEPs) Using a Small Fish Model:  A Systems Approach."  $750,000
  • 2004-2005.  US EPA.  "Optimization of an Assay Using the H295R Cell Line to Identify Chemical Modulators of Steroidogenesis and Aromatase Activity."  $602,871

Select Publications

  • Hannah, D.J., Till, D.G., Deverall, T. Jones, P.D. and J.M. Fry (1995):  Extraction of lipid-soluble marine biotoxins. J. A.O.A.C. Int. 78: 480-483.
  • Jones, P.D., Hannah, D.J., Buckland, S.J., Day, P.J., Leathem, S.V., Porter, L.J., Auman, H.J., Sanderson, J.T., Summer, C., Ludwig, J.P., Colborn, T.L. and J.P. Giesy (1996):  Persistent Synthetic Chlorinated Hydrocarbons in Albatross Tissue Samples from Midway Atoll. Environ. Toxicol. Chem 15: 1793-1800.
  • Lentz, M., Kennedy, P. and Jones, P.D. (1998):  Review of Environmental Performance Indicators for Toxic Contaminants in the Environment - air, water and land. Ministry for the Environment Technical Paper 37, 105pp.
  • Jones, P.D. (1998):  Environmental Oestrogens:  Sources and Possible Health Effects in New Zealand. Ministry of Research Science and Technology. Report No. 78, ISSN 1171-0101. 15pp. 
  • Jones, P.D., Hannah, D.J., Buckland, S.J., van Maanen, T., Leathem, S.V., Dawson, S.J., Slooten, E., van Helden, A. and Donoghue, M. (1999):  Chlorinated hydrocarbons in New Zealand cetaceans. J. Cetacean Res. Manage. (Special Issue 1) 157-167.
  • Jones, P. D., W. M. De Coen, L. Tremblay and J. P. Giesy. (2000):  Vitellogenin as a Biomarker for Environmental Estrogens.  Water Sci. Technol. 42:1-14.
  • Solomon, K. R., J. P. Giesy and P. D. Jones (2000):  Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Agrochemicals in the Environment.  Crop Protect. 19:649-655.
  • Jones, P.D., K. Kannan, J.L. Newsted, D.E. Tillitt, L.L. Williams and J.P. Giesy  (2000):  Accumulation of 2,3,7,8-tetrachloro-p-dibenzodioxin by Rainbow Trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss) at Ecologically Relevant Dietary Concentrations. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 20:344-350.
  • W. Hu, P. D. Jones, B. L. Upham, J. E. Trosko, C. Lau, and J. P. Giesy (2002): Inhibition of Gap Junctional Intercellular Communication by Perfluorinated Compounds in Rat Liver and Dolphin Kidney Epithelial Cell Lines in Vitro and Sprague-Dawley Rats in Vivo. Toxicol. Sci. 68429-436. This paper was selected by the Journal Toxicological Sciences to he highlighted and a special review article written.  The Citation for the Highlight article is:  Ruch, R.J., (2002):  Toxicological Highlight: Intercellular Communications, Homeostasis and Toxicology.  Toxicol. Sci. 68:265-266.
  • Jones, P. D., W. Hu, W. de Coen, J. L. Newsted and J. P. Giesy (2003):  Binding of Perfluorinated Chemicals to Serum Proteins.  Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 22:2639-2649.
  • A.L. Young, J. P. Giesy, P. D. Jones, and M. Newton (2004).  Environmental fate and bioavailability of Agent Orange and its associated dioxin during the Vietnam War. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. Int. 11:359-370.
  • I. Jordaan, R. Pieters, L. P. Quinn, J. P. Giesy, P. D. Jones, M. B. Murphy, and H. Bouwman (2007).  The contribution of dioxin-like compounds from platinum mining and processing samples. Minerals Engineering 20 (2):191-193, 2007.
  • X. Zhang, J. N. Moore, J. L. Newsted, M. Hecker, M. J. Zwiernik, P. D. Jones, S. J. Bursian, and J. P. Giesy (2009).  Sequencing and characterization of mixed function monooxygenase genes CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 of Mink (Mustela vison) to facilitate study of dioxin-like compounds. Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. 234 (3):306-313.
  • Tompsett, A.R., J. W. Park, X. Zhang, P. D. Jones, J. L. Newsted, D. W. T. Au, E. X. H. Chen, R. Yu, R. S. S. Wu, R. Y. C. Kong, J. P. Giesy, and M. Hecker (2009).  In situ hybridization to detect spatial gene expression in medaka. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Saf. 72 (4):1257-1264.
  • Cohen-Barnhouse, A. M., M. J. Zwiernik, J. E. Link, S. D. Fitzgerald, S. W. Kennedy, J. C. Hervé, P.D. Jones, J. P. Giesy, et al. 2011. Sensitivity of japanese quail (coturnix japonica), common pheasant (phasianus colchicus), and white leghorn chicken (gallus gallus domesticus) embryos to in ovo exposure to TCDD, PeCDF, and TCDF. Toxicological Sciences 119, (1): 93-103.
  • Driessnack, M. K., M. G. Dubé, L. D. Rozon-Ramilo, P. D. Jones, C. I. E. Wiramanaden, and I. J. Pickering. 2011. The use of field-based mesocosm systems to assess the effects of uranium milling effluent on fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) reproduction. Ecotoxicology: 1-16.
  • Jones,Paul D. Markus Hecker, Steve Wiseman and John P. Giesy (2011) Chapter 10.  Birds. In: Methods of Measuring the Hazards and Predicting the Risks of Endocrine Disrupters for Wildlife, P. Matthiessen Ed. IN PRESS.
  • He, Y., S. B. Wiseman, X. Zhang, M. Hecker, P. D. Jones, M. G. El-Din, J. W. Martin, and J. P. Giesy. 2010. Ozonation attenuates the steroidogenic disruptive effects of sediment free oil sands process water in the H295R cell line. Chemosphere 80, (5): 578-584.

Current Courses

  • TOX 843.3 - Environmental Chemodynamics
  • TOX 898.1 - Toxicology Techniques
  • ENVS 898 - Chemicals in the Environment