René Sahba Shahmohamadloo Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Biological Sciences Washington State University
Department of Integrative Biology University of Guelph
I am an ecotoxicologist who combines field and laboratory experiments, quantitative methods, and interdisciplinary collaborations to advance the application of toxicological data and inform ecosystem-based management. My work, broadly speaking, focuses on understanding the biology of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and the toxicological responses on organisms exposed to them. My career goal is to enhance scientific understanding of the interplays between toxicology, aquatic ecology, and environmental health, and to apply this knowledge to restore freshwater biodiversity in the Laurentian Great Lakes system.
I completed my PhD in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Guelph in February 2021 under the supervision of Dr. Paul Sibley. My PhD dissertation focused on understanding the mechanisms of microcystin toxicity to freshwater organisms of the Great Lakes and assessing the human health risks from consuming fish exposed to HABs.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph with Dr. John Fryxell. My research takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines bioinformatics (genomics, metagenomics, proteomics), population ecology, ecological stoichiometry, and environmental toxicology to characterize rapid evolutionary responses in freshwater zooplankton exposed to HABs. The rate of anthropogenic disturbances leading to the formation and persistence of HABs has risen in freshwater ecosystems and is a prime example for restoring stoichiometric balance between land and water. This has created an urgent need to understand the factors underwater that promote population persistence, stability, and the maintenance of ecosystem functions in rapidly changing environments.
I invite you to peruse my website and welcome an opportunity to connect or collaborate with you.