Morrissey, Christy

Faculty Member in Toxicology

Christy Morrissey

Causes taught:

  • BIOL 475.3 Ecological Toxicology (January 2016)
  • BIOL 410.3 Current Issues in Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 121.3 Diversity of Life
  • BIOL 898.3 Ecotoxicology: Theory and Practice (January 2016)
  • ENVS 801.3: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (Sept. 2015)

Research Interests

  • Trophic pathways for contaminant uptake in avian wildlife
  • Role of multiple stressors (chemical, natural and climatic) on bird behaviour and population stability
  • Endocrine disruption and health effects in avian wildlife: impacts on breeding and migration in birds
  • Captive and field studies to determine contaminant exposure and effects on an animal's physiology, fitness and population dynamics
  • River and wetland ecology and pollution dynamics


Some recent publications from the Morrissey lab...

Stanton R, Morrissey, CA*, Clark RG. 2016. Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) foraging responses to agricultural land use and insect prey abundance. Canadian Journal of Zoology 94(9): 637-642, doi 10.1139/cjz-2015-0238

Cavallaro MC, Morrissey CA, Headley JV, Peru K, Liber, K.* 2016. Comparative chronic toxicity of imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam to Chironomus dilutus and estimation of toxic equivalency factors. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. doi: 10.1002/etc.353

Main, AR, Michel, NL, Cavallaro, MC, Headley, JV, Peru, KM, Morrissey, CA*. 2016. Snowmelt transport of neonicotinoid insecticides to Canadian Prairie wetlands. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 215: 76-84.

Main, A.R., Michel, N.L., Cavallaro, M.C., Headley, J.V., Peru, K.M. and Morrissey, C.A.* Ecological and Landscape Drivers of Neonicotinoid Insecticide Detections and Concentrations in Canada’s Prairie Wetlands.  Environ. Sci. Technol., 2015, 49 (14), pp 8367–8376.

Zahara A.R.D., Michel, N.L., Flahr, L.M., Ejack, L.E. and C.A. Morrissey* 2015. Latent cognitive effects from low-level PCB exposure in juvenile European starlings, Sturnus vulgaris. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry DOI 10.1002/35c.3084

Green DJ*, Whitehorne IBJ, Middleton HA, Morrissey CA. 2015. Do American dippers obtain a survival benefit from altitudinal migration? PLoS ONE 10(4): e0125734. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0125734

Michel, N.L., Smith, A., Clark, R.G.*, Hobson, K.A.*, and C.A. Morrissey* 2015 Differences in spatial synchrony and interspecific concordance inform guild-level population trends for aerial insectivorous birds. Ecography DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01798

Flahr, L.M., Michel, N.L., Zahara A.R.D., Jones, P.D., and C.A. Morrissey* 2015. Developmental exposure to Aroclor 1254 alters migratory behaviour in juvenile European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Environmental Science and Technology 49(10):6274-83

Morrissey, C.A.*, Devries, J., Mineau, P., Sanchez-Bayo, F., Liess, M., Cavallaro, M., Liber, K. 2015. Neonicotinoid contamination of surface waters and relative risks to aquatic invertebrates: a review. Environment International 74:291-303.

Delso, N.* and 29 others alphabetically (incl. Morrissey, C.A.). 2014. Systemic insecticides (neonicotinoids and fipronil): trends, uses, mode of action and metabolites. Environ Sci and Poll Res (special issue).  DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3470-y

Pisa, L.* and 17 others (incl Morrissey, C.A.) 2014. Effects of neonicotinoids and fipronil on non-target invertebrates. Environ Sci and Poll Res (special issue).  DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3471-x

Changnon, M.*, Kreutzweiser D., Mitchell, E.A.D., Morrissey, C.A., Noome, D.A. and Van der Sluijs, J. 2014. Risks of large scale use of systemic insecticides to ecosystem functioning and services. Environ Sci and Poll Res (special issue).  DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3277-x.

Van der Sluijs, J.P.* and 29 others alphabetically (incl. Morrissey, C.A.) 2014.  Conclusions of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment on the risks of neonicotinoids and fipronil to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Environ Sci and Poll Res (special issue). DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3229-5.

Gibbons, D.* Morrissey, C.A., Mineau, P. 2014. A review of the direct and indirect effects of neonicotinoids and fipronil on vertebrate wildlife. Environ Sci and Poll Res (special issue).  DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3180-5.

Morrissey C.A.*, Stanton D.W.G., Tyler C.R., Pereira M.G., Newton J., Durance I., Ormerod S.J. 2014. Developmental impairment in Eurasian dipper nestlings exposed to urban stream pollutants. Environ Toxicol Chem 33(6): 1315–1323.

Main A.R., Headley J.V., Peru K.M., Michel N.L., Cessna A.J., and Morrissey C.A*. 2014. Widespread use and frequent detection of neonicotinoid insecticides in wetlands of Canada's prairie pothole region. PLoS ONE9:e92821.

Cavallaro, M., Main, A.R., and Morrissey, C.A.* 2014. Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) interference with aquatic invertebrate traps. Canadian Field Naturalist 128 (2):200-203.

Morrissey, C.A.*, Stanton, D.W.G., Pereira, D.G., Durance, I., Tyler, C.R., Ormerod, S.J. 2013. Eurasian dipper eggs indicate elevated organohalogenated contaminants in urban rivers. Environ Sci &Technol. 47 (15): 8931–8939.

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, P., Wayland, M., Morrissey, C.A., Muir, D.C.G., and K.H. Elliott. 2012. Factors influencing legacy pollutant accumulation in alpine osprey: biology, topography, or melting glaciers? Environmental Science and Technology 46(17):9681-89.

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

Elliott, J.E., Bishop, C.A. and C.A. Morrissey (Eds). 2011 Wildlife Ecotoxicology: Forensic Approaches. Springer Books.