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

  • 2014-2016 Canadian Water Network. SWEEP: The Slave Watershed Environmental Effects Program. $500,000
  • 2015-2016 CERC Global Water Security Institute. A Synoptic Survey of Emerging Pollutants in the South. Saskatchewan river system. $80,000.
  • 2011-2014. CERC Global Water Security Institute. Paleolimnological Studies of Lake Diefenbaker. $149,728.
  • 2011-2014. CERC Global Water Security Institute ‘Exotic’ Chemical Contaminants in the South Saskatchewan River Basin. $300,000.
  • 2011-2012 Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). Fish Health and Contaminant Concentrations in the Slave River.
  • 2011-2012. Boreal Songbird Initiative. Multi-scale health implications of the Athabasca oil sands for Aboriginal communities in Alberta and the Northwest territories. $280,000.
  • 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.

Select Publications

  • Ohiozebau, E., Tendler, B., Hill, A., Codling, G., Kelly, E., Giesy, J. P., & Jones, P. D. (2015). Products of biotransformation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in fishes of the Athabasca/Slave river system, Canada. Environmental Geochemistry and Health.
  • Peng, H., Saunders, D. M. V, Sun, J., Codling, G., Wiseman, S., Jones, P. D., & Giesy, J. P. (2015). Detection, identification, and quantification of hydroxylated bis(2-ethylhexyl)-tetrabromophthalate isomers in house dust. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(5), 2999–3006.
  • Peng, H., Chen, C., Saunders, D. M. V., Sun, J., Tang, S., Codling, G. P., … Giesy, J. P. (2015). Untargeted Identification of Organo-bromine Compounds in Lake Sediments by Ultra-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry with the Data-Independent Precursor Isolation and Characteristic Fragment (DIPIC-Frag) Method. Analytical Chemistry, 87(20), 10237–10246.
  • Flahr, L. M., Michel, N. L., Zahara, A. R. D., Jones, P. D., & Morrissey, C. A. (2015). Developmental Exposure to Aroclor 1254 Alters Migratory Behavior in Juvenile European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Environmental Science & Technology, 49(10), 6274–83.
  • Tse, T. J., Doig, L. E., Leavitt, P. R., Quiñones-Rivera, Z. J., Codling, G., Lucas, B. T., … Jones, P. D. (2015). Long-term spatial trends in sedimentary algal pigments in a narrow river-valley reservoir, Lake Diefenbaker, Canada. Journal of Great Lakes Research.
  • Codling, G., Vogt, A., Jones, P. D., Wang, T., Wang, P., Lu, Y.-L., … Giesy, J. P. (2014). Historical trends of inorganic and organic fluorine in sediments of Lake Michigan. Chemosphere, 114, 203–9.
  • Tse, T. J., Codling, G., Jones, P. D., Thoms, K., Liber, K., Giesy, J. P., … Doig, L. E. (2014). Reconstructing long-term trends in municipal sewage discharge into a small lake in northern Manitoba, Canada. Chemosphere, 103, 299–305.
  • J. E. Naile, S. Wiseman, K. Bachtold, P. D. Jones, and J. P. Giesy. Transcriptional effects of perfluorinated compounds in rat hepatoma cells. Chemosphere 86 (3):270-277, 2012.
  • P. W. Bradley, Y. Wan, P. D. Jones, S. Wiseman, H. Chang, M. H. Lam, D. T. Long, and J. P. Giesy. PBDEs and methoxylated analogues in sediment cores from two Michigan, USA, inland lakes. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30 (6):1236-1242, 2011.
  • M. K. Driessnack, P. D. Jones, and M. G. Dubé. Altered egg size and selenium concentrations during and following exposure of fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) to an industrial effluent. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 7 (3):504-506, 2011.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jernbro, S., P. S. Rocha, S. Keiter, D. Skutlarek, H. rber, P. D. Jones, J. P. Giesy, H. Hollert, and M. Engwall. Perfluorooctane sulfonate increases the genotoxicity of cyclophosphamide in the micronucleus assay with V79 cells. Further proof of alterations in cell membrane properties caused by PFOS. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 14 (2):85-87, 2007.
  • Jordaan, I., R. Pieters, L. P. Quinn, J. P. Giesy, P. D. Jones, M. B. Murphy, and H. Bouwman. The contribution of dioxin-like compounds from platinum mining and processing samples. Minerals Engineering 20 (2):191-193, 2007.
  • Hecker, M., J. L. Newsted, M. B. Murphy, E. B. Higley, P. D. Jones, R. Wu, and J. P. Giesy. Human adrenocarcinoma (H295R) cells for rapid in vitro determination of effects on steroidogenesis: Hormone production. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 217 (1):114-124, 2006.
  • Zhang, X., R. M. Yu, P. D. Jones, G. K. Lam, J. L. Newsted, T. Gracia, M. Hecker, K. Hilscherova, T. Sanderson, R. S. Wu, and J. P. Giesy. Quantitative RT-PCR methods for evaluating toxicant-induced effects on steroidogenesis using the H295R cell line. Environ Sci Technol. 39 (8):2777-2785, 2005.
  • Hu, W., P. D. Jones, T. Celius, and J. P. Giesy. Identification and Characterization of Genes Responsive to PFOS Using Gene Expression Profiling. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 19:57-70, 2005.
  • Jones, P.D., J. L. Newsted, G. Henningsen, J. Slocomb, and J. P. Giesy. Distribution of PCDDs and PCDFs in Soils Collected from the Denver Front Range - Principal Components Analysis of Diffuse Dioxin Sources. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 14(4):189-198, 2005.
  • Jones, P.D., W. Hu, W. De Coen, John L. Newsted, and J. P. Giesy. Binding of Perfluorinated Fatty Acids to Serum Proteins. Environ.Toxicol.Chem. 22(11):2639-2649, 2003.
  • Hu, W., P. D. Jones, W. De Coen, L. King, P. Fraker, John L. Newsted, and J. P. Giesy. Alterations in Cell Membrane Properties Caused by Perfluorinated Compounds. Comp.Biochem.Physiology 135:77-88, 2003.
  • Jones, P.D., W. M. De Coen, L. Tremblay, and J. P. Giesy. Vitellogenin as a biomarker for environmental estrogens. Water Science and Technology 42 (7-8):1-14, 2000.

Current Courses

  • TOX 843.3 - Environmental Chemodynamics
  • TOX 898.1 - Toxicology Techniques
  • ENVS 893.3 - Chemicals in the Environment
  • ENVS 898 - Environmental Assessment and Negotiation