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Dr. Chris Parrish

University Research Professor

Department of Ocean Sciences

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

A1C 5S7

Office: AX - 4003

Phone: (709) 864-3225

Fax: (709) 864-3220


I work at the interface of chemistry and biology in the area of aquatic lipid research with an emphasis on nutritional and biomarker lipids in marine food webs. Lipids are of particular interest in marine research as they provide the densest form of energy which is transferred from algae to vertebrates via zooplankton. These carbon-rich compounds are also a solvent and absorption carrier for organic contaminants and thus can be drivers of pollutant bioaccumulation in marine ecosystems. Among the lipids, certain essential fatty acids and sterols are considered to be important determinants of ecosystem health and stability.

B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry and Oceanography, Wales

Ph.D in Oceanography, Dalhousie


  • Deputy Head, Ocean Sciences
  • Cross-appointed to the Departments of Biology and Chemistry
  • Academic Programs Officer, Ocean Sciences