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 impacts of environmental contaminants in aquatic organisms.
  • Use of organisms from various trophic levels (algae, zooplankton, fish, birds, marine mammals) to assess the effects and mechanisms of action of emerging contaminants.
  • Assessment of the multi-generational effects of emerging toxic substances on the genomic expression of Daphnia magna.


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, M., Czub, G., Small, J.M., Backus, S., Wang, X., Alaee, M., Muir, D.C.G. 2008. Fractionation and bioaccumulation of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) isomers in a Lake Ontario food web. Environmental Science & Technology. 42 (14)3.                                           

Adams, J. J., Houde M., Muir D., Speakman, T., Bossart G., Fair, P. 2008. Land use and the spatial distribution of perfluoroalkyl compounds as measured in the plasma of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Marine Environmental Research. 66(4):430-437.

Houde, M., Whittle, M., Tomy, G., Teixeira, C., Moore, S., Muir D.C.G. 2008. Bioaccumulation and trophic magnification of short- and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins in food webs from Lake Ontario and Lake Michigan. Environmental Science & Technology. 42 (10): 3893-3899.

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.

Houde M., Balmer, B.C., Brandsma, S. Wells, R.S., Rowles, T.K., Solomon, K.R., Muir, D.C.G. 2006. Perfluoroalkyl compounds in relation to life-history and reproductive parameters in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Sarasota Bay, Florida, USA. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. 25(9): 2405-2412.

Houde, Magali, Hoekstra, P.F., Solomon, K.R. Muir, D.C.G. 2005. Organohalogen contaminants in delphinoid cetaceans. Review Environmental Contamination & Toxicology. 184: 1-55.

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)
          Aquatic organisms