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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 are very important energy sources in ocean (especially cold ocean) ecosystems, and some (e.g., polyunsaturated fatty acids) are essential for normal cellular function. Some lipids are also toxic to marine organisms, and all lipids are potential solvents for lipophilic pollutants like PAHs, PCBs, and DDT. They can thus provide a means of transporting pollutants through the water column and into and through food webs.

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

Ph.D in Oceanography, Dalhousie


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