Beverley Hale

Head shot of Beverly.
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 Ext.54809
Johnson Hall Room 166
Alexander Hall Room 319

Beverley Hale’s research program explored the relationships between soil contaminant metals and their accumulation in plants, and the transfer of those contaminants from plants to mammalian consumers. Many HQP graduated from this research program, with fields of study including:  the biotic ligand model as a framework for integrating “bioavailability” into models of metal uptake by, and toxicity to, plants; the genetic and environmental factors that influence uptake of inorganic contaminants  by vegetation; and remediation of metal contaminated brownfield soils. These HQP have moved into careers in provincial and federal environment departments, environmental consulting, analytical laboratories, the mining industry, and university faculty and management positions. This research program was generously supported by many partners, including NSERC, ECCC, Mining Association of Canada, Inco/Vale, Glencore, Stantec, NiPERA and MTE. Her research filled data gaps in research knowledge to support public policy concerning management plans for inorganic contaminants in soils.

Academic History

  • Ph.D., (1989), Plant physiology, University of Guelph
  • M.Sc., (1980), Botany, University of Toronto
  • B.Sc., (1977), Biology, University of Toronto

Recent Publications

  • Pellegrino, A., Vasiluk, L., Hale, B. 2022. Phytotoxicity effect concentrations (ECx) for Ce, Nd and Eu added to soil relative to total and bioaccessible soil REE concentrations, and tissue REE accumulations. Chemosphere 307
  • Lau, W., Dutton, M.D., Vasiluk, L., Hale, B.A. 2021. Manufactured Ni Substances and their Oral Bioaccessibility.  Environmental Geochemistry and Health.
  • Dehghani, S., Zupfer, K.R., Vasiluk, L., Dutton, M.D., Bellantino-Perco, M., Hale, B.A. 2020.  Modeling phytoremediation of aged soil Ni from anthropogenic deposition using Alyssum murale.  Chemosphere
  • Gopalapillai, Y., Siciliano, S., Hale, B.A. 2020.  Is Assuming Additivity of Single‐Metal Toxicity Thresholds a Conservative Approach to Assessing Risk of Ecotoxicity from Elevated Soil Concentrations of Cobalt, Copper, and Nickel at Contaminated Sites?  Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. DOI: 10.1002/ieam.4370
  • Dutton, M.D., Thorn, R., Lau, W., Vasiluk, L., Hale, B.A.  2020.  Gastric bioaccessibility is a conservative measure of nickel bioavailability after oral exposure: Evidence from Ni-contaminated soil, pure Ni substances and Ni alloys.  Environmental Pollution.

For a complete list of Beverley Hale’s publications, go to her Google Scholar or Research Gate pages.