Tristan Smythe

Trystan Smythe

I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Manitoba, and am starting a Doctorate degree in Chemistry with specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology working under Dr. Robert Letcher at the National Wildlife Research Institute (NWRC) at Carleton University. My project focuses on the environmental stability of the highly brominated flame retardant tetradecabromo-1,4- diphenoxy benzene (TeDB-DiPhOBz), and the linkage to potential degradation by-products that have been measured in herring gulls from the Great Lakes. My work will involve the development and validation of novel quantitative LC-/GC- MS based methods for these compounds, investigation of gull tissue distribution, and the use of in vitro biotransformation assays to examine the structure-dependent kinetics of TeDB-DiPhOBz metabolism.

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University of Ottawa, Carleton University, University of Alberta and Université Laval