Associate Professor

Vince and the very handsome Beaver Jackpine

Mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta, Z-814/816 Bio Sciences
Email address:
Fax address: (780) 492-9234
Phone Number: (780) 492-9386

Academic degrees


Current Research Interests

The Team




E-mail Address

Dr. William Donahue


Sources, deposition and bioaccumulation of mercury in Alberta

Graduate Students

Britt Hall


Biogeochemical cycling of mercury in forests and reservoirs

Merritt Turetsky


Carbon accumulation and decomposition in boreal peatlands of western Canada

Cory Matthews


CO2 and CH4 emissions from experimental reservoirs

Erin Kelly


Patterns of mercury accumulation with elevation in Rocky Mountain lakes

Jennifer Graydon


Mechanisms of mercury deposition under Boreal forest canopies

Hg Analyst

Dr. David Kelly   Coordinator, and head analyst, of low-level Hg laboratory

Jane Kirk


Hg analyst

Research Associates

Paul Humenchuk


Assists with research on whole-ecosystem flooding experiments

Graduate Student Opportunities

I currently have opportunities available for graduate students interested in biogeochemical cycling of mercury, carbon and other elements. Please e-mail me at vince.stlouis@ualberta if you are interested in, or wish further information on, any of these research opportunities.

For further information regarding Graduate Studies in general and funding opportunities at the University of Alberta, please refer to the Department of Biological Sciences and Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Websites.

Recent Publications

Refereed journal publications, published or accepted:

St.Louis, V.L., J.W.M. Rudd, C.A. Kelly, B.D. Hall, K.R. Rolfhus, K.J. Scott, S. Lindberg, and W. Dong. 2001. Importance of the forest canopy to fluxes of methyl mercury and total mercury to Boreal ecosystems. Environ. Sci. Technol. 35:3089-3098.

Duchemin, E., M. Lucotte, V.L. St.Louis, and R. Canuel. Hydroelectric reservoirs as an anthropogenic source of greenhouse gases. World Resource Review (accepted for publication 14 September 2000).

Gerrard, P.M. and V.L. St.Louis. 2001. The effects of experimental reservoir creation on the bioaccumulation of MeHg and reproductive success of Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). Environ. Sci. Technol. 35:1329-1338.

Allan, C.J., A. Heyes, N.T. Roulet, V.L. St.Louis, and J.W.M. Rudd. 2001. Spatial and temporal dynamics of mercury in Precambrain Shield upland runoff. Biogeochemistry 52:13-40.

St.Louis, V.L., C.A. Kelly, É. Duchemin, J.W.M. Rudd and D.M. Rosenberg. 2000. Reservoir surfaces as sources of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere: a global estimate. BioScience 50:766-775.

M.J. Paterson, J.W.M. Rudd, and V.L. St.Louis. 1998. Increases in total and methylmercury in zooplankton following flooding of a peatland reservoir. Environ. Sci. Technol. 32: 3868-3874.

Poschadel, C., S. Schiff, R. Aravena, C. Kelly, and V. St.Louis. 1998. Effect of temperature on CH4 and CO2 production in a natural and flooded Boreal forest wetland. Climate Change 40: 247-266.

Lockhart, W.L., P. Wilkinson, B.N. Billeck, R.A. Danell, R.V. Hunt, G. Brunskill, J. DeLaronde, and V. St.Louis. 1998. Fluxes of mercury to lake sediments in central and northern Canada inferred from dated sediment cores. Biogeochem. 40:163-173.

Kelly, C. A., J.W.M. Rudd, R.A. Bodaly, N.T. Roulet, V.L. St.Louis, A. Heyes, T.R. Moore, S. Schiff, R. Aravena, K.J. Scott, B. Dyck, R. Harris, B. Warner, and G. Edwards. 1997. Increases in fluxes of greenhouse gases and methyl mercury following flooding of an experimental reservoir. Environ. Sci. Technol. 31:1334-1344.

St.Louis, V.L., J.W.M. Rudd, C.A. Kelly, K.G. Beaty, R.J. Flett, and N.T. Roulet. 1996. Production and loss of methylmercury and loss of total mercury from Boreal Forest catchments containing different types of wetlands. Environ. Sci. Technol. 30:2719-2729.

St.Louis, V.L., J.W.M. Rudd, C.A. Kelly, and L.A. Barrie. 1995. Wet deposition of methyl mercury in northwestern Ontario compared to other geographic locations. Water Air Soil Pollut. 80:405-414.

Kelly, C.A., J.W.M. Rudd, V.L. St.Louis, and A. Heyes. 1995. Is total mercury concentration a good predictor of methyl mercury concentration in aquatic systems. Water Air Soil Pollut. 80:715-724.

Kelly, C.A., J.W.M. Rudd, V.L. St.Louis, T. Moore. 1994. Turning attention to reservoir surfaces, a neglected area in greenhouse studies. EOS 75:332-333.

St.Louis, V.L., J.W.M. Rudd, C.A. Kelly, K.G. Beaty, N.S. Bloom, and R.J. Flett. 1994. Importance of wetlands as sources of methyl mercury to boreal forest ecosystems. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 51:1065-1076.


Other refereed contributions:

Bodaly, R.A., V.L. St.Louis, M.J. Paterson, R.J.P. Fudge, B.D. Hall, D.M. Rosenberg, and J.W.M. Rudd. 1997. Bioaccumulation of mercury in the aquatic food chain in newly flooded areas. -In: Segel, H., and Sigel, A. (eds) Mercury and Its Effects on Environment and Biology. Marcel Dekker, New York, pp. 259-287.


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