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Making an Impact - Part I

Prof. Giesy makes impacts in many ways as a researcher, author, educator, and advisor.  He researches socially relevant issues that are most likely to affect environmental science and policy.  He does this through a student-based program of research and teaching.  In addition to the impact he makes through the published results of his research, he serves as an advisor to provincial, state, and federal agencies.

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Prof. Giesy has conducted in a wide range of topics in the Environmental Sciences, ranging from the analytical and environmental chemistry and molecular biology to ecosystems.  His studies are conducted all over the world in a wide range of habitats from the Arctic to the Tropics and on a range of species from aquatic Invertebrates and fish to a number of species of birds and mammals.  Prof. Giesy considers himself an environmental toxicologist with interests in many aspects of this field, including both the fates and effects of potentially toxic compounds and elements, particularly in the area of ecological risk assessment.  He has conducted research into the movement, bioaccumulation and effects of toxic substances at different levels of biological organization, ranging from biochemical to ecosystem.  Prof. Giesy has done extensive research in the areas of metal speciation, multi-species toxicity testing, biochemical indicators of stress in aquatic organisms, fate, and effects of PAHs, halogenated hydrocarbons, including chlorinated dibenzo-dioxins and -furans, PCBs and pesticides.  Prof. Giesy has become world-famous for his wildlife toxicology studies, particularly in the areas of persistent bioaccumulative chemicals, especially endocrine modulating compounds.  In addition to his work as an ecologist and biochemical toxicologist he is a world-class environmental chemist, having developed and applied both analytical and bio-analytical techniques to environmental issues.  He discovered the phenomenon of photo‑enhanced toxicity of organic compounds, such as PAHs.  He was the first to discover perfluorinated compounds in the environment, an important new class of environmental contaminants.  Currently, Prof. Giesy and his research group are actively studying the toxicity and reproductive effects of organic compounds, with special emphasis on herbicides, chlorinated dioxins and furans and perfluorinated compounds.  Studies are being conducted in the field and laboratory on fish, fish‑eating birds and mammals in the Great Lakes region, including mink and raptors such as hawks and eagles and in marine mammals.  Prof. Giesy is an expert in ecological risk assessments of both industrial and agricultural chemicals.  Prof. Giesy has been active in the development and application of methods for the assessment of the toxicity of contaminated sediments, especially in the North American Great Lakes. Prof. Giesy has received $243,407,962 (CAD 2017) from local, state, federal, and international agencies and organizations to conduct his research.

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BiMedLib Top Cited Papers:  The article “Giesy JP, Snyder EM, Nichols KM, Snyder SA, Villalobos SA, Jones PD, Fitzgerald SD: Examination of reproductive endpoints in goldfish (Carassius auratus) exposed in situ to municipal sewage treatment plant effluent discharges in Michigan, USA. Environ Toxicol Chem; 2003 Oct;22(10):2416-31” was the top cited paper in it’s domain. 

Prof. Giesy has published more than 999 peer reviewed articles and presented over 1,200 lectures, world-wide, many of which have been invited keynote addresses. His research is much used and cited by other researchers--Prof. Giesy is in the top 0.01% of active authors (ISI Current Contents: ISIHighlyCited.com). His research has been featured in a number of magazine and newspaper articles.  A number of his journal articles have received the best paper of the year award or been invited feature articles in prestigious journals such as Environmental Science & Technology.

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Prof. Giesy educates as an instructor in the classroom and the boardroom.  At the university he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is a frequent contributor to short courses, workshops and symposia.

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Prof. Giesy is the member of many editorial boards and has edited a number of books and special proceedings.

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Prof. Giesy has served on the Boards of Scientific Counselors of both the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the US National Institutes of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) and the Office of Research and Development (ORD) of the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). Currently he is a chartered member of the executive committee of the US EPA Science Advisory Board.  In this capacity he advises the major programs of the US government in both human and environmental health. He also reviews programs and research and review products. This input has a large impact on the quality and direction of the research agendas of the programs (see the "What’s New section” of this site for more information and links to these programs). He is also an advisor to Environment Canada. Prof. Giesy has served on 6 US National Academy of Science panels. He has been long-time advisor to the World Health Organization and served as a member of the Michigan Environmental Review Board under former governor Blanchard. He has served on over 150 ad hoc advisory panels, committees, and boards.  He chaired the only Board of Review under CEPA, convened by the Minister of Environment in Canada.

Prof. Giesy has been active as a leader in Academic Societies, serving on a number of boards of directors and as an officer in a number of societies.  Prof. Giesy was president of the Michigan State University chapter of Sigma Xi The Research Society in 1994.  Prof. Giesy has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) from 1986 until 1992 and as President of the Great Lakes Regional chapter in 1984 and of the international SETAC organization in 1990-1991.

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Prof. Giesy has been an innovator and leader and is responsible for many firsts or has greatly influenced a number of areas of environmental science.

 

Making an Impact - Part II




Prof. Giesy goes over maps with graduate student Karl Strause before they begin an aerial survey of eagle
and owl nests and habitat.

Prof. Giesy serves on the Boards of Scientific Counselors of both the National Toxicology Program (NIH) and the Office of Research and Development (ORD) of the US EPA.  In this capacity he advises the major programs of the US government in both human and environmental health.  He also reviews programs and research and review products.  This input has a large impact on the quality and direction of the research agendas of the programs (see the "What’s New section” of this site for more information and links to these programs.

Prof. Giesy is the member of many editorial boards and is the editor of the Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment section of Chemosphere. Prof. Giesy has served on six National Academy of Sciences panels, including:

(1) Committee on Hormone-Related Toxicants in the Environment:  1997-1999

(2) Committee on Risk-Based Criteria for Non-RCRA Hazardous Waste: 1998-1999

(3) Committee on Vietnam Agent Orange Research Interests and Priorities: 1998-1999

(4) Committee on Assessment of Risks from Remediation of PCB-Contaminated Sediments: 1999-2001

(5) Committee on Bioavailability of Pollutants from Soils and Sediments: 2000-2002

(6) Committee on Strengthening Science-based Decision-making on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in China: 2003-2004. Chairperson 

Prof. Giesy has received a number of distinctions and awards including:



Aerial view of the Kalamazoo River in
Michigan