Morrissey, Christy

Assistant Professor

Christy Morrissey

Department of Biology
112 Science Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 5E2

Phone: (306) 966-4433



Academic Degrees

  • PhD Simon Fraser University (2003)
  • BSc University of British Columbia (1998)

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • Avian and freshwater 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)
  • Impacts of pollutants on freshwater communities


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., Stanton, D. W., Pereira M. Glória, Newton, J., Durance, I., Tyler, C. R. and Ormerod, S. J. 2013. Eurasian dipper eggs indicate elevated organohalogenated contaminants in urban rivers. Environmental Science and Technology

Morrissey, C.A., Boldt, A., Mapstone, A., Newton, J. and S.J. Ormerod.  2013 Stable isotopes as indicators of wastewater effects on the macroinvertebrates of urban rivers.  Hydrobiologia
700: 231-244.

Elliott, J.E., Levac, J., Guigueno, M.F., Shaw, D.P, Wayland, M., Morrissey, C.A., Muir, D.C.G., and Elliott, K.H. 2012. Factors Influencing Legacy Pollutant Accumulation in Alpine Osprey: Biology, Topography, Or Melting Glaciers? Environmental Science and Technology 46 (17), pp 9681-9689.

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.AMorrissey. 2008Life 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 A71(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.