Leah Bendell

Professor

Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology

  • Email: bendell@sfu.ca
  • Tel: 778-782-5621
  • Office: SSB8109A
  • Lab: SSB6177
  • Lab Tel: 778-782-5985
  • Personal site:

 

 

Education

  • BSc, University of Toronto
  • PhD, University of Toronto

Areas of Research

Research Interests 

The EcoTox Lab

Ecotoxicology aims to quantify the effects of stressors on natural populations, communities, or ecosystems. Ecotoxicology is a broadly defined discipline and includes (but not limited to) the study of the movement of inorganic and organic contaminants through ecosystems, anthropogenic disruption of nutrient cycles, oceanic acidification as a consequence of climate change and the consequences of a changing community structure on geochemical processes.

Some links of interest:

Recent Works (2014-2020)

1. Moore R.C. , Loseto L., Noel M., Etemadifar A., Brewster J.D., Macphee S., …, Bendell, L. Ross, P.S. 2019. Microplastics in beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from the Eastern Beaufort Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

2.Bendell, L.I., McKeachie, S. 2019. The demand for luxury protein is polluting the ocean with plastics. The Conversation.

The Narwhale https://thenarwhal.ca/the-demand-for-luxury-shellfish-is-polluting-the-ocean-with-plastic/

3. Bendell, L.I., Helm, P., Lagarde, F., Mallory, M., Maes, T., Duflos, G., Brunet, C and Lacroix, C. 2019.  Summary of the Scientific Workship-G7, Paris, October 14th-15th. Implementing monitoring of plastic and microplastic pollution.

4. Stewarding the Sound; The challenge of managing sensitive ecosystems. 2019. L.I. Bendell, P. Gallaugher, S. McKeachie and L. Wood editors. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, New York.

5. Bendell, L.I. P. Gallaugher, S. McKeachie and L. Wood.  2019. Introduction; The challenge of managing sensitive ecosystems. In Stewarding the Sound; The challenge of managing sensitive ecosystems.  L.I. Bendell, P. Gallaugher, S. McKeachie and L. Wood editors. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, New York.

6. Bendell, L. I. 2019. Baynes Sound, An Ecologically and Biologically Sensitive Area. In Stewarding the Sound; The challenge of managing sensitive ecosystems.  L.I. Bendell, P. Gallaugher, S. McKeachie and L. Wood editors. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, New York.

7. Bendell, L.I. P. Gallaugher, S. McKeachie and L. Wood. 2019. Solutions to the challenge of managing sensitive ecosystems. In Stewarding the Sound; The challenge of managing sensitive ecosystems. L.I. Bendell, P. Gallaugher, S. McKeachie and L. Wood editors. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, New York.

8. Bendell, L. I. 2019. Canaries of the sea; Are oysters our canaries of the sea? PSEMP Toxics Work Group. 2018 Salish Sea Toxics Monitoring Review: A Selection of Research. C.A. James, J. Lanksbury, D. Lester, S. O’Neill, T. Roberts, C. Sullivan, J. West, eds. Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. Tacoma, WA.

9. Munier, B. and Bendell, L. I.  2018. Macro and micro plastics sorb and desorb metals and act as a point source of trace metals to coastal ecosystems PLOS ONE Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Article Number: e0191759

10. Kazmiruk, T. N.; Kazmiruk, V. D.; Bendell, L.I. 2018 Abundance and distribution of microplastics within surface sediments of a key shellfish growing region of Canada PLOS ONE Volume: 13 Issue: 5 Article Number: e0196005

11. Kazmiruk, T, Kazmiruk, V and L.I. Bendell.  2017. Trace metals in urban estuaries; Implications for remediation, PSEMP Toxics Work Group. 2016 Salish Sea Toxics Monitoring Review: A Selection of Research. C.A. James, J. Lanksbury, D. Lester, S. O’Neill, T. Roberts, C. Sullivan, J. West, eds. Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. Tacoma, WA.

12. Bendell, L.I. 2017. Cadmium in oysters from the Salish Sea. PSEMP Toxics Work Group. 2016. Salish Sea Toxics Monitoring Review: A Selection of Research. C.A. James, J. Lanksbury, D. Lester, S. O’Neill, T. Roberts, C. Sullivan, J. West, eds. Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program. Tacoma, WA.

13. Boucher, C., Morin, M., Bendell, L.I. 2015. The influence of cosmetic microbeads on the sorptive behavior of cadmium and lead within intertidal sediments: a laboratory study. Reional Studies in Marine Science. 10.1016/j.rsma.2015.11.009.

 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352485515300025

14. Cluzaud, M., T. Kazmiruk, V. Kazmiruk,   Bendell, L.I. 2015  Intertidal concentrations of microplastics and their influence on ammonium cycling as related to the shellfish industry. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 27 Apr 2015, 69(3):310-319
DOI: 10.1007/s00244-015-0156-5

15. Bendell, L.I. 2015. Favored use of anti-predator netting (APN) applied for the farming of clams leads to little benefits to industry while increasing nearshore impacts and plastics pollution. View Point. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 91: 22-28.

16. St. Clair, T., Baird P.,Ydenberg, R.,   Elner, R., and   Bendell, L.I. 2014. Trace elements in pacific Dunlin (Calidris alpina pacifica): patterns   of accumulation and concentrations in kidneys and feathers.   Ecotoxicology. DOI: 10.1007/s10646-014-1352-1

17. Bendell, L.I. 2014. Changes to the intertidal community as a result of the shellfish aquaculture industry. Aquaculture 433: 384-394

18. Bendell, L.I., K. Chan, S. Crevecoeur, and C. Prigent. 2014. The effects of invasive bivalves on the cycling of ammonium in the intertidal within a warming climate. Open Journal of Marine Science 4: 151-162. Open Journal of Marine Science. 10.4236/ojms.2014.43015.

Works under review/revision/in prep

19. Bendell, L.I. 2020. Reply to the Commentary on Kazmiruk et al. 2018. PLOS ONE (see preview here: replyII.pdf )

20. Roberts, E., S. Stroshein, S.D, L.I. Bendell. 2019 Invertebrate, sediment, and blue carbon attributes within an estuarine ecosystem in relation to disturbance regime. Under review Ecosphere

21. Bendell, L.I., E. LeCadre, W. Zhou. 2019. Use of bivalves for monitoring microplastic pollution within intertidal sediments. Under review, PLOS ONE

22. Fernandes, S., Farzaneh, S and L.I. Bendell. 2020 Colored pigments used in plastics as a source of trace metals to intertidal ecosystems.  In preparation; Marine Pollution Bulletin.

23. Kazmiruk, T., V. Kazmiruk and L.I. Bendell. 2020 Trace metals in estuarine sediments as related to land use. In preparation; Science of the Total Environment

24. Doyle, B. and L.I. Bendell 2019. Use of shell hash to mitigate the acidification of intertidal sediments In preparation; Marine Chemistry

25. Maximiliano Cledon1, Pratik Kumar2, Charles L. Griffiths3, Patrice Couture2, Mariem Fadhlaoui 2, Louis Tremblay4, Olivier Champeau 4, Marina Albentosa5, Victoria Besada6, Victor H. Fernandez 1, Christopher W. McKindsey7,8, Leah Bendell 9, Jessica DiBenedetto9, Bin Zhang10, Zaul Garcia Esquivel11, Satinder K Brar12.  2020 Global scenario of metal content in mussels; an international collaboration. In preparation.

Courses

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