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Marc Amyot


Collaborating member

Department of Biological Sciences, Université de Montréal

Marie-Victorin Building
90, avenue Vincent-d'Indy
Université de Montréal
Quebec, Canada
H3C 3J7




Research Themes

  • Biogeochemistry of contaminants in northern environments
  • Cycling of rare-earth elements in the North
  • Gastrointestinal bioavailability of contaminants in northern populations
  • Isotopic tracing of contaminant biomagnification in Canadian Arctic food webs
  • Oxidation-Reduction reactions of arsenic extracted by mining
  • Phytoremediation of contaminated sites
  • Redox transformations of mercury in sediments, water and snow

CEN Students / Postdoctoral fellows

Robichaud, Kawina (Doctorate). Cleaning petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soils using various bioremediation methods in cold climates.


Recent CEN theses

Girard, Catherine , 2018 (Doctorate). Bioaccessibility of metals and metalloids in food of Canadian populations.

MacMillan, Gwyneth A., 2018 (Doctorate). Hunting for trace metals in a rapidly changing North: limnological, ecological, and collaborative approaches .


Scientific communications

Ariya, P.A., Dastoor, A., Amyot, M., Nazarenko, Y., 2018. Do snow and ice alter urban air quality? Atmospheric Environment, 186: 266-268. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.05.028.

Gérin-Lajoie, J., Herrmann, T.M., MacMillan, G.A., Hébert-Houle, É., Monfette, M., Rowell, J.A., Anaviapik Soucie, T., Snowball, H., Townley, E., Lévesque, E., Amyot, M., Franssen, J., Dedieu, J.-P., 2018. IMALIRIJIIT: a community-based environmental monitoring program in the George River watershed, Nunavik, Canada. Écoscience, 25(4): 381-399. DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2018.1498226.

Girard, C., Charette, T., Leclerc, M., Shapiro, B.J., Amyot, M., 2018. Cooking and co-ingested polyphenols reduce in vitro methylmercury bioaccessibility from fish and may alter exposure in humans. Science of the Total Environment, 616-617: 863-874. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.236.

Lavoie, R.A., Bouffard, A., Maranger, R., Amyot, M., 2018. Mercury transport and human exposure from global marine fisheries. Scientific Reports, 8. Article #6705. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24938-3.

Montiel-León, J.M., Duy, S.V., Munoz, G., Amyot, M., Sauvé, S., 2018. Evaluation of on-line concentration coupled to liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for the quantification of neonicotinoids and fipronil in surface water and tap water. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 410(11): 2765-2779. DOI: 10.1007/s00216-018-0957-2.

Amyot, M., Clayden, M.G., MacMillan, G.A., Perron, T., Arscott-Gauvin, A., 2017. Fate and trophic transfer of rare earth elements in temperate lake food webs. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(11): 6009-6017. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00739.

Girard, C., Tromas, N., Amyot, M., Shapiro, B.J., 2017. Gut microbiome of the Canadian Arctic Inuit. mSphere, 2(1): e00297-16. DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00297-16.

Leclerc, M., Planas, D., Amyot, M., 2017. Freshwater sample preservation for the analysis of dissolved low molecular mass thiols. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 15(10): 875-886. DOI: 10.1002/lom3.10207 .

MacMillan, G.A., Chételat, J., Heath, J.P., Mickpegak, R., Amyot, M., 2017. Rare earth elements in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 19: 1336-1345. DOI: 10.1039/c7em00082k.

Nguyen , T.X.T., Amyot, M., Labrecque , M., 2017. Differential effects of plant root systems on nickel, copper and silver bioavailability in contaminated soil. Chemosphere, 168: 131-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.10.047.

Di Poi, C., Bélanger, D., Amyot, M., Rogers, S., Aubin-Horth, N., 2016. Receptors rather than signals change in expression in four physiological regulatory networks during evolutionary divergence in threespine stickleback. Molecular Ecology, 25(14): 3416-3427. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13690.

Gbetoh, M.H., Amyot, M., 2016. Mercury, hydroquinone and clobetasol propionate in skin lightening products in West Africa and Canada. Environmental Research, 150: 403-410. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.06.030.

Girard, C., Leclerc, M., Amyot, M., 2016. Photodemethylation of methylmercury in eastern canadian arctic thaw pond and lake ecosystems. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(7): 3511-3520. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b04921.

Ariya, P.A., Amyot, M., Dastoor, A., Deeds, D., Feinberg, A., Kos, G., Poulain, A., Ryjkov, A., Semeniuk, K., Subir, M., Toyota, K., 2015. Mercury physicochemical and biogeochemical transformation in the atmosphere and at atmospheric interfaces: A review and future directio. Chemical Reviews, 115(10): 3760–3802. DOI: 10.1021/cr500667e.

Braune, B., Chételat, J., Amyot, M., Brown, T., Clayden, M., Evans, M., Fisk, A., Gaden, A., Girard, C., Hare, A., Kirk, J., Lehnherr, I., Letcher, R., Loseto, L., Macdonald, R., Mann, E., McMeans, B., Muir, D., ONullDriscoll, N., Poulain, A.J., Reimer, K., Stern, G., 2015. Mercury in the marine environment of the Canadian Arctic: Review of recent findings. Science of the Total Environment, 509-510(Special Issue: Mercury in Canada's North): 67-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.133.

Chételat, J., Amyot, M., Arp, P., Blais, J.M., Depew, D., Emmerton, C.A., Evans, M., Gamberg, M., Gantner, N., Girard, C., Graydon, J., Kirk, J., Lean, D., Lehnherr, I., Muir, D., Nasr, M., Poulain, A.J., Power, M., Roach, P., Stern, G., Swanson, H., van der Velden, S., 2015. Mercury in freshwater ecosystems of the Canadian Arctic: Recent advances on its cycling and fate. Science of the Total Environment, 509-510(Special Issue: Mercury in Canada's North): 41-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.151.

Hamelin, S., Planas, D., Amyot, M., 2015. Mercury methylation and demethylation by periphyton biofilms and their host in a fluvial wetland of the St. Lawrence River (QC, Canada). Science of the Total Environment, 512-513: 464-471. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.01.040.

Hamelin, S., Planas, D., Amyot, M., 2015. Spatio-temporal variations in biomass and mercury concentrations of epiphytic biofilms and their host in a large river wetland (Lake St. Pierre, Qc, Canada). Environmental Pollution, 197: 221-230. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2014.11.007.

Leclerc, M., Planas, D., Amyot, M., 2015. Relationship between extracellular low molecular weight thiols and mercury species in natural lake periphytic biofilms. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(13): 7709-7716. DOI: 10.1021/es505952x.

MacMillan, G.A., Girard, C., Chételat, J., Laurion, I., Amyot, M., 2015. High methylmercury in arctic and subarctic ponds is related to nutrient levels in the warming Eastern Canadian Arctic. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(13): 7743-7753. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00763.

Ouédraogo, O., Chételat, J., Amyot, M., 2015. Bioaccumulation and trophic transfer of mercury and selenium in African sub-tropical fluvial reservoirs food webs (Burkina Faso). PLoS one, 10(4): e0123048. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123048.

Vonk, J.E., Tank, S.E., Bowden, W.B., Laurion, I., Vincent, W.F., Alekseychik, P., Amyot, M., Billet, M.F., Canário, J., Cory, R.M., Deshpande, B., Helbig, M.J., Jammet, M., Karlsson, J., Larouche, J., MacMillan, G.A., Rautio, M., Walter Anthony, K.M., Wickland, K.P., 2015. Reviews and syntheses: Effects of permafrost thaw on arctic aquatic ecosystems. Biogeosciences, 12(23): 7129–7167. DOI: 10.5194/bgd-12-7129-2015.

Chételat, J., Poulain, A.J., Amyot, M., Cloutier, L., Hintelmann, H., 2014. Ecological determinants of methylmercury bioaccumulation in benthic invertebrates of polar desert lakes. Polar Biology, 37: 1785–1796. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-014-1561-3.

Perron, T., Chételat, J., Gunn, J., Beisner, B.E., Amyot, M., 2014. Effects of experimental thermocline and oxycline deepening on methylmercury bioaccumulation in a Canadian Shield lake. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(5): 2626-2634. DOI: 10.1021/es404839t.

Chételat, J., Cloutier, L., Amyot, M., 2013. An investigation of enhanced mercury bioaccumulation in fish from offshore feeding. Ecotoxicology, 22(6): 1020-1032. DOI: 10.1007/s10646-013-1087-4.

Ouédraogo, O., Amyot, M., 2013. Mercury, arsenic and selenium concentrations in water and fish from sub-Saharan semi-arid freshwater reservoirs (Burkina Faso). Science of the Total Environment, 444(1): 243-254. DOI: org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.11.095.

Chételat, J., Amyot, M., Cloutier, L., 2012. Shifts in elemental composition, methylmercury content and d15N ratio during growth of a High Arctic copepod. Freshwater Biology, 57(6): 1228-1240. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2012.02793.x.

Daguené, V., McFall, E., Yumvihoze, E., Shu-Rong, X., Amyot, M., Poulain, A.J., 2012. Divalent cations hamper Hg(II) uptake. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(12): 6645-6653. DOI: 10.1021/es300760e.

Douglas, T.A., Loseto, L.L., Macdonald, R.W., Outridge, P., Dommergue, A., Poulain, A., Amyot, M., Barkay, T., Berg, T., Chételat, J., Constant, P., Evans, M., Ferrari, C., Gantner, N., Johnson, M.S., Kirk, J., Kroer, N., Larose, C., Lean, D., Gissel Nielsen, T., Poissant, L., Rognerud, S., Skov, H., Sørensen, S., Wang, F., Wilson, S., Zdanowicz, C.M., 2012. The fate of mercury in Arctic terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, a review. Environmental Chemistry, 9(4): 321-355. DOI: org/10.1071/EN11140.

Le Jeune, A.-H., Bourdiol, F., Aldamman, L., Perron, T., Amyot, M., Pinel-Alloul, B., 2012. Factors affecting methylmercury biomagni?cation by a widespread aquatic invertebrate predator, the phantom midge larvae Chaoborus. Environmental Pollution, 165: 100-108. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.02.003.

Ariya, P.A., Domine, F., Kos, G., Amyot, M., Coté, V., Vali, H., Lauzier, T., Kuhs, W.F., Techmer, K., Heinrichs, T., Mortazavi, R., 2011. Snow - a photobiochemical exchange platform for volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds with the atmosphere. Environmental Chemistry, 8(1): 62-73. DOI: 10.1071/en10056.

Chételat, J., Amyot, M., Garcia, E., 2011. Habitat-specific bioaccumulation of methylmercury in invertebrates of small mid-latitude lakes in North America. Environmental Pollution, 159(1): 10-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2010.09.034.

Douglas, T., Amyot, M., Barkay, T., Berg, T., Chételat, J., Constant, P., Dommergue, A., Evans, M., Ferrari, C., Gantner, N., Johnson, M., Kirk, J., Kroer, N., Larose, C., Lean, D., Loseto, L., Macdonald, R., Muir, D., Gissel Nielsen, T., Outridge, P., Poulain, A., Poissant, L., Rognerud, S., Skov, H., Sørensen, S., Wang, F., Zdanowicz, C., 2011. Chapter 3: What is the fate of mercury entering the Arctic environment? Pages 45-66 in AMAP Assessment: Mercury in the Arctic. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). Norway.

Hamelin, S., Planas, D., Amyot, M., Barkay, T., Wang, Y., 2011. Methanogens : principal methylators of mercury in lake periphyton. Environmental Science & Technology, 45(18): 7693-7700. DOI: org/10.1021/es2010072.

Ouédraogo, O., Amyot, M., 2011. Effects of various cooking methods and food components on bioaccessibility of mercury from fish. Environmental Research, 111(8): 1064-1069. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2011.09.018.

Vost, E.E., Amyot, M., ONullDriscoll, N.J., 2011. Photoreactions of Mercury in Aquatic Systems. Pages 193-218 in Guangliang, L., Young, C., ONullDriscoll, N. (Editors). Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology of Mercury. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New Jersey, United States. DOI: 10.1002/9781118146644.ch6.

Amyot, M., Chidami, S., Demers, É., 2010. Response to "A comparative estimate of P fluxes in lakes" by J.M. Sereda and J.J. Hudson. Limnology and Oceanography, 55(1): 466-468.

Chételat, J., Cloutier, L., Amyot, M., 2010. Carbon sources for lake food webs in the Canadian High Arctic and other regions of Arctic North America. Polar Biology, 33(8): 1111-1123. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-010-0797-9.

Moingt, M., Bressac, M., Bélanger, D., Amyot, M., 2010. Role of ultra-violet radiation, mercury and copper on the stability of dissolved glutathione in natural and artifcial freshwater and saltwater. Chemosphere, 80(11): 1314-1320. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2010.06.041.

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