Vicki Marlatt

Assistant Professor

Environmental Toxicology

  • Email:
  • Tel: 778-782-4107
  • Office: B8278
  • Lab: B7230
  • Lab Tel: 778-782-3642


  • BSc, Simon Fraser University
  • MSc, University of Guelph
  • PhD, University of Ottawa

Areas of Research

Research Interests


Graduate Student opportunity in the Marlatt Lab:

M.Sc. or Ph.D. position in ecotoxicology to study the effects of neonicitinoid pesticides on salmonids.

Current-use pesticides are a concern for the health of anadromous salmonids throughout the Fraser River Basin.  Pesticides can degrade the quality of salmon habitat, and they represent a challenge to Fisheries and Oceans approaches for protecting wild fish populations.  Pesticide contamination can be extensive in agricultural and urban watersheds, and recent monitoring by Environment Canada has shown that surface waters in major tributaries to the main stem of the Fraser River are frequently contaminated with diverse mixtures of insecticides, herbicides, and other biocidal compounds. The consequences of pesticide exposure on the health of salmon and the viability of natural populations are still largely unknown. This uncertainty creates difficult challenges for the management of threatened or endangered salmonids and the restoration of pesticide-contaminated habitats. To address these important knowledge gaps with respect to pesticide risk to salmonids, we will investigate an emerging chemical class of insecticide, the neonicotinoids, for their sublethal impacts on the development, physiology, and behavior of sockeye salmon.

Candidates will work in a team-based environment under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Marlatt the principal investigator and senior supervisor, and with Dr. Chris Kennedy and several Simon Fraser University (SFU) graduate and undergraduate students. The principal laboratory is located at SFU, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Applications are being accepted for September, 2015 start dates. The deadline for the SFU graduate studies application is June 1st, 2015 for the September start date.  Prior to the SFU graduate studies application deadlines, interested candidates should submit a single electronic PDF file to that includes the following: a cover letter; CV; one sample of scientific writing; and, contact information for three references.  Interviews will be conducted in early May, 2015.

• B.Sc. in biology/toxicology or related discipline
• Demonstrated excellence in academic achievement
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Experience with animal physiology, comparative endocrinology and molecular biology
• Training and experience in aqueous environmental chemistry would be an asset
• Experience in biology/toxicology lab and field research would be an asset

Contact for further information or to submit an electronic application package:
Dr. Vicki Marlatt
Assistant Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Biology
Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5A 1S6
Phone: 778-782-4107





Future courses may be subject to change.