B.Sc. Chemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON


Ed Sverko

Head - Organic Analysis Laboratory


Analytical method development and analysis of emerging compounds of interest in various environmental compartments (i.e. sediment, biota)

  • Analytical method development and analysis of current-use pesticides in water and sediment
  • Development and application of new analytical techniques (i.e. SPME)
  • Chiral methods for pesticides and brominated flame retardants


SCC/ISO, Advisory Board - Organic Methods

Pesticide Science Fund, Surveillance Steering Committee

International Joint Research Centre for Persistent Toxic Substances, Advisory Board

Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. Invited to present 4 lectures on analytical techniques for legacy and new/emerging organic compounds


Tomy, G.T., K. Pleskach, G. Arsenault, D. Potter, R. McCrindle, C.H. Marvin, E. Sverko and S. Tittlemier. 2008. Identification of the Novel Cycloaliphatic Brominated Flame Retardant1,2-Dibromo-4-(1,2-dibromoethyl)cyclo-hexane in Canadian Arctic Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas). Environ. Sci. Technol. 42:543-549.

Sverko, E., G.T. Tomy, C.H. Marvin, D. Zaruk, E. Reiner, P.A. Helm, B. Hill and B.E. McCarry. 2008. Dechlorane Plus Levels in Sediment of the Lower Great Lakes. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42:361-366.

Su, Y., H. Hung, E. Sverko, P. Fellin and H. Li. 2007. Multi-Year Measurements of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in the Arctic Atmosphere. Atmos. Environ. 41:8725-8735.

Dussault, E.B., V.K. Balakrishnan, E. Sverko, K.R. Solomon and P.K. Sibley. 2007. Toxicity of Human Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products to Benthic Invertebrates. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 27:435-442.

Muir, D. and E. Sverko. 2006. Analytical Methods for PCBs and Organochlorine Pesticides in Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance: A Critical Appraisal. Anal. Bioanal. Chem., Advances in Analytical Techniques for Environmental Analyses: Special Edition. 386:769-789.

Yao, Y., L. Tuduri, T. Harner, P. Blanchard, D. Waite, L. Poissant, C. Murphy, W. Belzer, F. Aulagnier, Y. Li and E. Sverko. 2006. Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Pesticide Air Concentrations in Canadian Agricultural Regions. Atmos. Environ. 40:4339-4351.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Adaptation & Impacts
          Methods development
     Air Pollution & Quality
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Pesticides and herbicides
Pollution & Waste
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Pesticides and herbicides
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Pharmaceuticals and personal care products
     Great Lakes
     Water Quality
          Extraction techniques