Robie Macdonald, FRSC

Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Sidney, BC)

Since 1975, Robie Macdonald has been a Research Scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He received both his B.Sc. (1968) and PhD (1972) from Dalhousie Unviersity.

Dr. Macdonald conducts interdisciplinary research on biogeochemical pathways in aquatic systems, including the cycling of organic carbon in the ocean, the cycling of freshwater in the Arctic Ocean, and contaminant pathways in temperate and polar aquatic systems. Much of his research is founded on the application of biomarkers, stable isotopes and Δ14C to determine sources, mechanisms of transport, mechanisms of change, and historical records of organic and contaminant deposition. Dr. Macdonald has been involved in several assessments and reviews under the Northern Contaminants Program and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program. His work has been published in over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has written numerous book chapters and reports, and co-edited one book on the organic carbon cycle in the Arctic Ocean.

Dr. Macdonald is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union,  an International Fellow of the Explorers Club, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has obtained numerous awards and distinctions including: the Royal Canadian Geographical Society 2010 Gold Medal (co-recipient); the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal of the Royal Society of Canada; Head of the Public Service Prize (co-recipient) and the President’s Prize of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He has also been biographed in Canadian Who’s Who.

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