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Lizzy Mos

I am a former graduate student of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Institute of Ocean Sciences) and the Koop lab in the Centre for Biomedical Researchat the University of Victoria. My project focussed on the development and application of physiological and molecular biomarkers of environmental contaminant-associated toxicity in harbour seals.

After graduation, I worked as a Toxicologist for a Western Canadian environmental consulting company. I mostly carried out ecological risk assessments but also initiated and carried out a collaborative research projects at the Koop lab. This project investigated the impacts of oil spills on fish health.

I am currently working at the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment.


  • Wildlife toxicology
  • Biomarkers & bioindicators


PhD, University of Victoria, Canada (2006)

BSc/MSc, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (2001)


  1. Schein A, Scott J, Mos L and P Hodson (2008) Chemical dispersant increases the apparent bioavailability and toxicity of diesel to rainbow trout. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (In press).

  2. Mos L, Cooper GAC, Serben K, Cameron M and BF Koop(2008) Effects of diesel on survival, growth and gene expression in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) fry. Environmental Science & Technology 42: 2656-2662

  3. Mos L, Cameron M, Cullon D, Jeffries SJ, Koop BF, and PS Ross (2007) POP-associated health risks are underestimated in harbor seals based on exposure estimates, biomarkers, and toxicity thresholds. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (Submitted).

  4. Ross PS and L Mos (2007) Impact of environmental pollution on marine mammals. In: Marine mammals and seabirds, edited by Muelbert and Horn (eds.), in Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). Developed under the auspices of the UNESCO, EOLSS Publishers, Oxford, UK (Submitted).

  5. Mos L, Tabuchi M, Dangerfield N, Jeffries SJ, Koop BK, and PS Ross (2007) Contaminant-associated disruption of vitamin A and its receptor (retinoic acid receptor alpha) in free-ranging harbour seals (Phoca vitulina). Aquatic Toxicology 81: 319-328.

  6. Mos L, Morsey B, Jeffries SJ, Yunker MB, Raverty S, De Guise S, and PS Ross (2006) Chemical and biological pollution contribute to the immunological profiles of free-ranging harbour seals. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 25(12): 3110-3117.

  7. Ross PS, Jeffries SJ, Cullon D, Tabuchi M, Mos L et al (2006) Persistent Organic Pollutants in marine mammals inhabiting the transboundary waters of British Columbia – Washington. In: Southern Resident Killer Whale Symposium Proceedings. Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Seattle, WA.

  8. Mos L, Jack J, Cullon D, Montour L, Alleyne C, and PS Ross (2004) Importance of marine foods to a near-urban First Nation community in coastal British Columbia, Canada: towards a risk-benefit assessment. Journal of Toxicology & Environmental Health A 67(8-10): 791-808.

  9. Mos L, Ross PS, McIntosh D, and S Raverty (2003) Canine distemper virus in British Columbia river otters as an emergent risk for coastal pinnipeds. Veterinary Record 152(8): 237-238.

  10. Hamers T, Van den Brink PJ, Mos L, Van der Linden SC, Legler J, Koeman JH, and AJ Murk (2003) Estrogenic and esterase inhibiting potency of rainwater in relation to pesticide concentrations, sampling season and location. Environmental Pollution 123: 47-65.

  11. Mos L and PS Ross (2002) Vitamin A physiology in the precocious harbour seal (Phoca vitulina): A tissue biopsy-based biomarker approach. Canadian Journal of Zoology 80(9): 1-9.

  12. Mos L (2001) Domoic acid: a fascinating marine toxin. Environmental Toxicology & Pharrmacology 9(3): 79-85.