Overview

Current Work

ARC DECRA Research Fellow – Metal toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics in developing anurans: how metamorphosis influences metal burdens  

Expertise Keywords

  • Amphibians
  • Aquatic biology
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Development
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental science
  • Freshwater environments
  • Frogs
  • Metamorphosis
  • Toxicokinetics

Subject Area Codes

  • Animal Physiology - Systems
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Country Affiliations

  • Canada
  • Monaco

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 18 (Other: 18)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Bio

Dr Chantal Lanctit is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute (ARI). Her research interests include understanding how pollutants negatively impact aquatic wildlife, with a particular emphasis on developmental and physiological effects in larval frogs. Her DECRA project entitled ‘Metal toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics in developing anurans: how metamorphosis influences metal burdens’ will be the first to explore how the mobilisation and transference of metal burdens during metamorphosis influences
toxicity in amphibians. By applying high-resolution analytical and imaging technologies, including X-ray fluorescence microscopy at the Australian Synchrotron, Chantal aims to unravel this interesting phenomenon to improve our knowledge of how complex life cycles influence the vulnerability of wildlife to toxic metal burdens.

Before starting her DECRA Chantal worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Monaco for 6 months, where she used nuclear tools to study the effects of microplastics and associated chemical contaminants on marine organisms. She completed her PhD at Central Queensland University (2016) on the toxicity of coal mine wastewater to freshwater organisms. Prior to moving to Australia, she received her Masters from the University of Ottawa in Canada, where she studied endocrine disrupting effects of glyphosate-based herbicides in tadpoles.
 

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, Central Queensland University 2013 - 2016
  • MSc Master Of Science, University of Ottawa 2010 - 2012
  • BSc Bio Bachelor of Science (Biology), University of Ottawa 2006 - 2010

Awards and Honours

  • Australian Synchrotron Beamtime Grant, Australian Synchrotron 2017 - 2017
  • Australian Synchrotron Beamtime Grant, Australian Synchrotron 2016 - 2016
  • Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Award, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) 2016 - 2016
  • Finalist for the 2016 Women in Technology PhD Career Start Award, Women in Technology (WiT) 2016 - 2016
  • SETAC Student Travel Award, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 2016 - 2016
  • Coal Minesite Rehabilitation Trust Fund, Queensland Resources Council 2013 - 2016
  • University Postgraduate Research Award, Central Queensland University 2013 - 2016
  • Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Dean’s Scholarship, University of Ottawa 2012 - 2012
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Australian Research Council 2018 -
  • AINSE International Travel Award, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) 2017 - 2017
  • John B. Armstrong Fund, University of Ottawa 2010 - 2010

Professional experience

  • Consultant, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 2017 - 2018

Internal service roles

  • First Aid Officer, G51, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University 2018 -

External service roles

  • Membership Officer, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 2016 -

Visiting appointments

  • Visiting Scientist, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) 2016 - 2016

Professional memberships

  • SETAC Membership Officer, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2013 -
  • WiT Member, Women in Technology 2016 -