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Michigan State UniversityWildlife Toxicology Laboratory

Matthew J. Zwiernik, Ph.D.

Matthew Zwiernik

Curriculum Vitae (updated Feb. 22, 2013)[PDF]*



Field / Lab Contributions

  • NWSTF Project - Principal Investigator, 2014-Present
  • Pine River Project - Principal Investigator, 2013
  • Escanaba River Watershed Project - Principal Investigator, 2010-2013
  • Tittabawassee River Project - Principal Investigator, 2003-2009
  • Kalamazoo River Project - Project Leader

Current Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Assistant Professor at the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Zoology in the College of Natural Science
  • Principal Investigator

Research Interests

Environmental toxicology, both screening level and baseline ecological risk assessment approaches including the identification of contaminants and receptors of concern, site-specific data collection and analysis, derivation of toxicity reference values, risk characterization, and the use of risk assessment in sustainable development. Investigations specializing in utilizing top avian species including great horned owls, osprey, bald eagles, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, wood ducks, tree swallows, house wrens, Eastern bluebirds and American robins as potential receptors. Laboratory studies identifying measurement endpoints and associated threshold concentrations, including toxicokinetics and species sensitivity.

Additional expertise includes applied environmental microbiology, identification and evaluation of intrinsic bioremediation, fate and transport modeling, geochemical and biogeochemical processes and molecular biology.

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