Sam Patterson

Master’s Student, Environmental Studies

I am currently a Master’s student at Queen’s University within the School of Environmental Studies. I received my B.Sc. in Environmental Toxicology at Queen’s. I have worked as a biological technician removing invasive aquatic plant species. My current research involves exploring the adverse effects of atmospheric oil sands contaminants on the development, growth and physiology of a common frog species found in Canada, the wood frog. I conducted this research at QUBS (Queen’s University Biological Station) and the ELA, allowing me to partake in some of my favourite recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing, hiking, and drawing. My personal research interests stem from the field of ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry; I enjoy learning about the linkages between anthropocentric chemicals and their fate and effect in real world ecosystems–hence the emphasis on our lab’s ecosystem-based experiments.