PhD Simon Fraser University (2003)
BSc University of British Columbia (1998)
Avian ecology and ecotoxicology
Testing biomarkers of exposure (ecophysiological, stable isotopemethods) and effects of pollutants in wild birds
Studying Endocrine disrupting chemicals in the context of annual lifecycles: impacts on breeding and migration in birds
Captive and field studies to understand contaminant exposure and potential effects on an animal's physiology, fitness and population dynamics
Interactions of multiple stressors (natural, chemical and climatic)
Books, Chapters in Books, Theses, and Review Articles
Elliott, J.E., Bishop, C.A. and C.A. Morrissey (Eds). 2011 Wildlife Ecotoxicology: Forensic Approaches. Springer. September 2011.
Morrissey, C.A. and J.E. Elliott. 2011. Toxic trees: arsenic pesticides, woodpeckers and the mountain pine beetle. Chapter In Wildlife Ecotoxicology: Forensic Approaches. J.E. Elliott, C.A. Bishop and C.A. Morrissey (Eds). Springer.
Recent Papers published in Refereed Journals:
Morrissey, C.A., Boldt, A., Mapstone, A., Newton, J. and S.J. Ormerod. Stable isotopes as indicators of wastewater effects on the macroinvertebrates of urban rivers. In review Hydrobiologia January 2012.
Morrissey, C.A., Pollet, I., Ormerod, S.J. and J.E. Elliott 2012. American dippers indicate contaminant biotransport by Pacific salmon. Environmental Science and Technology 46 (2), pp 1153–1162.
Morrissey, C.A., Elliott, J.E., and S.J. Ormerod. 2010. Diet shifts during egg laying: implications for measuring contaminants in bird eggs. Environmental Pollution 158:447-454.
Morrissey, C.A., Elliott, J.E., and S.J. Ormerod. 2010. Local to continental influences on nutrient and contaminant sources to river birds. Environmental Science and Technology 44(5):1860-7.
Mackas, R.H., Green, D.J., Whitehorne, I.B.J., Fairhurst, E.N., Middleton, H.A., and C.A. Morrissey. 2010. Altitudinal migration in American dippers: do migrants produce higher quality offspring? Canadian Journal of Zoology 88(4), pp. 369-377
Morrissey, C.A., Dods, P.L., and J.E. Elliott. 2008. Pesticide treatments alter woodpecker foraging behavior and bark beetle abundance during the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic. Ecological Applications 18(1): 172-184.
Gillis, E.A., Green, D.J., Middleton, H. and C.A. Morrissey. 2008. Life history correlates of alternative migratory strategies in American Dippers. Ecology 89(6): 1687-1695.
Albert, C.A., Williams T.D., Morrissey C.A., Cullen, W.R, Lai V., and J.E. Elliott. 2008. Tissue uptake, mortality and sub-lethal effects of monomethylarsonic acid (MMA) in nestling Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A 71(6): 353-360.
Albert, C.A., Williams, T.D., Morrissey C.A., Cullen, W.R., Lai, V.L.M. and J.E. Elliott. 2008. Dose dependant uptake, elimination and toxicity of monosodium methanearsonate (MSMA) in adult Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27 (3): 605-611.
Elliott, J.E, Morrissey, C.A., Henny, C.J., Inzunza, E.R., Shaw, P. 2007. Satellite telemetry and prey sampling reveal contaminant sources to Pacific Northwest OspreysEcological Applications 17(4), 2007: 1223–1233.
Morrissey, C.A., Albert, C.A., Dods, P.L., Cullen, W.R., Lai, V. and J.E. Elliott 2007. Arsenic accumulation in bark beetles and forest birds occupying mountain pine beetle infested stands treated with monosodium methanearsonate (MSMA). Environmental Science and Technology 41: 1494-1500.