Edward Berkelaar

Associate Professor of Environmental Science Chair of Environmental Science, Chemistry & Biology
Phone number: 
(905) 648-2131 Ext.4401


Ph.D. (2000), Ecotoxicology, University of Guelph
Dissertation: "Accumulation of cadmium by durum wheat (Triticum turgidum): Influence of solution chemistry and root morphology."

M.Sc. (1995), Plant Physiology, University of Guelph
Thesis: "The effect of visible and ultraviolet-A radiation on the response of Arabidopsis thaliana to ultraviolet-B radiation."

B.Sc. (1993), Biology and Chemistry, Acadia University


  • My current research is on the bioavailability of trace elements (cadmium, thallium, and selenium) to plants. I am part of the Metals in the Human Environment Strategic Network (MITHE-SN). MITHE-SN is a collaboration of academia, government, and industry that conducts research in support of science based environmental and human health risk assessments for metals in water, soil and food, within well articulated and planned inter disciplinary research themes.


Antunes, P.M.C., E. Berkelaar, D. Boyle, B.A. Hale, W. Hendershot, and A. Voigt. (2006) The Biotic Ligand Model for Plants and Metals: Technical Challenges for Field Application. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25(3):875-882.

Berkelaar, E. (2005) Extending the life of your seeds. ECHO Development Notes 86: 1-3.

Berkelaar, E. and B.A. Hale (2003) Cadmium accumulation by durum wheat roots in ligand buffered hydroponic culture: Uptake of Cd ligand complexes or enhanced diffusion? Canadian Journal of Botany 81: 755-763.