Associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal


PhD in Environmental Biology, University of Guelph

MSc Biology, Université Laval

BSc in Biology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSERC

Doctoral scholarship, FQRNT

Fisheries and Oceans Canada supplement NSERC

Master's scholarship, NSERC


Magali Houde

Research Scientist - Specialist in aquatic ecotoxicology, toxicogenomics


Contribution to the protection and conservation of aquatic ecosystems

  • Study of the presence and the bioaccumulation of environmental contaminants in aquatic organisms.
  • Evaluate the multi-level biological effects (genes, proteins, tissus) and mechanisms of action of emerging contaminants in aquatic organisms (i.e., algae, zooplankton, fish, birds, and marine mammals).



Houde, M., Berryman D., de Lafontaine Y., Verreault, J. 2014. Novel flame retardants and dechloranes in three fish species from the St. Lawrence River, Canada. Sci. Total Environ. 479-480: 48-56.
Houde, M., Carter, B., Douville, M. 2013. Sublethal effects of the flame retardant intermediate hexachlorocyclopentadiene (HCCPD) on the gene transcription and protein activity of Daphnia magna. Aquatic Toxicol. 140– 141: 213– 219.
Houde, M., Douville, M., Despatie, S.-P., De Silva, A.O., Spencer, C. 2013. Induction of gene responses in St. Lawrence River northern pikes (Esox lucius) environmentally exposed to perfluorinated compounds. Chemosphere 92: 1195–1200.
Fair, P.A. Houde, M., Hulsey, T.C., Bossart, G.D., Adams, J., Muir, D.C.G. 2012. Assessment of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in plasma of bottlenose dolphins from two southeast U.S. estuarine areas: relationship with age, sex and geographic locations. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 64:66-74.
Houde, M., De Silva, A., Letcher, R.J., Muir, D.C.G. Biological assessment and biomagnification of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in aquatic ecosystems: an updated review. 2011. Environmental Science & Technology, Special Issue. 45 (19): 7962-7973.
Houde, M., Pacepavicius, G., Darling, C., Fair, P. A., Alaee, M. Bossart, G.D. Solomon, K.R., Letcher, J.R., Bergman, A., Marsh, G. Muir, D.C.G. 2009. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and hydroxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers (OH-PBDE) in plasma of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the U.S. east coast. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. 28(10):2061-2068.
Houde, Magali, Martin, J., Letcher, R., Solomon, K.R., Muir, D.C.G. 2006. Biological monitoring of polyfluoroalkyl compounds: a review. Environmental Science & Technology. 40 (11): 3463-3473. 
Houde, M., Pacepavicius,G., Wells, R.S., Fair, P.A., Letcher, R.J., Alaee, M., Bossart, G.D., Hohn, A.A., Sweeney, J., Solomon, K.R., Muir, D.C.G. 2006. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (OH-PCBs) in plasma of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Science & Technology. 40:5860-5866. 
Houde, M., Balmer, B.C., Bujas, T.A.D., Small, Jeff, Wells, R.S., Fair, P.A., Bossart, G., Solomon, K.R., Muir, D.C.G. 2006. Biomagnification of perfluoroalkyl compounds in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) food web. Environmental Science & Technology.40 (13): 4138-4144.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Aquatic Ecosystems
Nature & Wildlife
     Effects of Toxics
          Brominated flame retardants (BFRs)
          Chemical and biological analysis
          Ecological risk assessment
          Emerging chemicals
          Food web transfer
          Genomics techniques
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Aquatic organisms