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Chris M. Wood
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Chris Wood has been collaborating with researchers at the University of Miami for over 25 years, and currently spends 2-4 months each year working with them at RSMAS. He retired from McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) in 2014, where he was formerly a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Environment and Health. At McMaster, he remains Emeritus Professor and Lifetime Distinguished Professor of Biology. His main research lab and office are now in the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), where he is appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Zoology. At UBC, he has an active research program, continues to supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and teaches graduate modules in environmental physiology and toxicology. He also holds a CAPES Fellowship at the Amazon Research Institute, Manaus, Brazil. He received lifetime achievement awards from the Canadian Society of Zoologists (1999), the American Fisheries Society (2002), and the Society of Experimental Biology (2012), the Romanowski Medal in Environmental Science of the Royal Society of Canada (2007) and the Lifetime Award for Mentoring in Science of Nature (2010).

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    He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in (2003), and as a Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2018. His basic research areas include the respiratory, ionoregulatory, and metabolic responses of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs to environmental stresses, with a particular interest in the adaptation of animals to extreme environments. His applied research examines the impacts of acid rain, global warming, ammonia, and metal stressors on aquatic ecosystems, and the improvement of environmental regulations. He has published over 700 peer-reviewed papers, 50 book chapters, and 5 books. He has served on the editorial boards of 8 journals, including at present Journal of Experimental Biology and Aquatic Toxicology. Recent projects with RSMAS researchers have focused on exercise physiology of mahi-mahi, water and ion exchange in gills and gut of killifish, and major salt and metal toxicity to diverse species.