Christine Polkinghorne

Christine Polkinghorne
Christine Polkinghorne
Christine Polkinghorne Christine Polkinghorne
Senior Lecturer
office. Barstow 11
University of Wisconsin-Superior

Most recent degrees:

1997 - Master of Science (M.S.) – Fisheries - University of Minnesota-St. Paul – Dissertation/thesis topic: Determining whether bile acids released by larval sea lamprey and other fishes may be functioning as species-specific migratory cues

1994 - Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Chemistry - University of Wisconsin-Superior

1994 -  Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Biology - University of Wisconsin-Superior

Academic background:

I received a double major in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1994.  While earning my degree I was employed as a student assistant at the Lake Superior Research Institute.  Working at LSRI gave me the opportunity to experience a variety of types of environmental research and made it clear to me that was the type of career I was interested in pursuing.  I earned a M.S. degree in Fisheries from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul in 1997.  My dissertation research was on the role bile acids play as migratory cues in sea lamprey, which was a part of the larger question of how sea lamprey populations could be controlled aside from the use of lampricides. 

Research interests:

I am interested in research related to monitoring environmental contaminants such as heavy metals and how these toxicants may impact human, fish and wildlife populations.  I'm also interested in research on preventing the spread of invasive species.  This includes testing potential ballast water treatment processes for effectiveness and to determine whether they cause residual toxicity. I enjoy working with undergraduate students to teach them good scientific research methods.

Non-academic background:

I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking and fishing.  I also enjoy reading, baking and cooking.

Area of knowledge:

Mercury contamination in the 1837 and 1842 Treaty ceded territories

Recent accomplishments:

Co-authored a paper on mercury contamination in 3 life stages of sea lamprey in Lake Superior: Moses, S.K., C.N.Polkinghorne, W.P.Mattes, K.M.Beesley. 2018. Spatial and Ontogenetic Variation in Mercury in Lake Superior Basin Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 100: 95-100.