Nelson Belzile

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In this study, we showed that selenium (Se) deposition from metal smelters in Sudbury, Ontario, greatly reduces the bioassimilation of mercury (Hg) by aquatic biota throughout the food web. Concentrations of total and methyl mercury in tissues of zooplankton, mayflies (Stenonema femoratum), amphipods (Hyalella azteca), and young-of-the-year perch (Perca(More)
The study identifies the role played by different components of natural aquatic systems on the poorly known geochemistry of antimony. Different chemical forms of antimony were measured in porewaters and sediments of two Sudbury lakes characterized by contrasting redox conditions at the sediment-water interface. In porewaters, Sb(III) was present under(More)
A study on the assimilation and detoxification of selenium and mercury and on the interaction between these two elements was conducted on Pseudomonas fluorescens. P. fluorescens was able to convert separately both elements to their elemental forms, which are less toxic and biologically less available. To study the converting mechanism of selenite to(More)
The detailed distribution of mercury was studied in sediments and porewaters of two freshwater lakes, which were selected because of the contrasting conditions they present at their respective sediment-water interface (SWI). One lake is characterized by a SWI that remains oxic all year long whereas the other one shows a clear seasonal variation with the(More)
Systematic experiments were conducted to evaluate and compare the analytical figures of merit of two reducing agents (SnCl2 and NaBH4) in a continuous flow cold vapor atomic fluorescence mercury analyzer. It was found that sodium tetrahydroborate can efficiently reduce Hg2+ in various environmental samples at a concentration as low as 10 microM (ca. 3.8 x(More)
The biogeochemical mechanisms of Se exchange between water and sediments in two contrasting lentic environments were assessed through examination of Se speciation in the water column, porewater, and sediment. High-resolution (7 mm) vertical profiles of <0.45 μm Se species across the sediment-water interface demonstrate that the behavior of dissolved Se(VI),(More)
This paper proposes a new technique to extract elemental Se from soil and sediment samples. In this study, we have identified that the purchased red elemental selenium standard (PF-Se) was impure and rather consisted of a mixture of CS2 soluble amorphous elemental Se (ca. 10%, w/w), water soluble oxidized Se (ca. 15-17%, w/w) and, CS2 insoluble red(More)
The concentrations of total mercury (Hg), methylmercury (MeHg) and total selenium (Se) were determined in muscle, liver and brain tissues of young-of-the-year walleye (Stizosedion vitreum) specimens collected from 8 boreal lakes that are located within 107km around the Sudbury smelters in Ontario, Canada. Dry weight basis concentrations of Hg were highest(More)
Numbers of wintering sea ducks, including buffleheads (Bucephala albeola; BUFF), common goldeneyes (Bucephala clangula; COGO), and long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis; LTDU), increased substantially at Lake Ontario after Dreissenid mussels (Dreissena bugensis and D. polymorpha) colonized the Great Lakes. Invertebrates, including Dreissenid mussels, are(More)
The lakes in Killarney Provincial Park (KPP) located 40-60 km southwest of Sudbury, Ontario are beginning to recover after decades of being severely affected by acidification and atmospheric pollutants. Detailed profiles of acid-recoverable trace elements (As. Cd, Cu, Co. Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) were obtained after aqua regia digestion and ICP-OES analysis(More)