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Marie-Noele Croteau

Research Biologist

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PhD. 2002. Water and Environmental Sciences, University of Quebec (INRS-ETE), Canada

Influence of temperature and biological processes on Cd bioaccumulation in the aquatic insect Chaoborus

M.Sc. 1997. Water and Environmental Sciences, University of Quebec (INRS-ETE), Canada

Refining a predictive model that uses insect larvae as metal biomonitors in lakes

B.Sc. 1994. Biology, University of Quebec (Rimouski), Canada

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Cain DJ, Croteau MN, Fuller CC, Ringwood AH. 2016. Dietary uptake of Cu sorbed to hydrous iron oxide is linked to cellular toxicity and feeding inhibition in a benthic grazer. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50: 1552-1560

Croteau MN, Fuller CC, Cain DJ, Campbell KM, Aiken G. 2016. Biogeochemical controls of uranium bioavailability from the dissolved phase in natural freshwaters. Environ. Sci. Technol. in press

Luoma SN, Stoiber T, Croteau MN, Römer I, Merrifeld R, Lead JR. 2016. Effect of cysteine and humic acids on bioavailability of Ag from Ag nanoparticles to a freshwater snail. NanoImpact 2: 61-69

Stoiber T.S., Croteau, M-N., Romer I, Tejamaya, M., Lead JR & Luoma, S.N. 2015. Influence of hardness on the bioavailability of silver to a freshwater snail after waterborne exposure to silver ntrate and silver nanoparticles. Nanotoxicology 9(7): 918-927.

Ramskov T, Croteau MN, Forbes VE, Selck H. 2015. Biokinetics of different-shaped copper oxide nanoparticles in the freshwater gastropod Potamopyrgus antipodarum. Aquat. Toxicol. 163: 71-80

Ramskov, T; Thit, A; Croteau, MN; Selck, H. 2015. Biodynamics of copper oxide nanoparticles and copper ions in an oligochaete – Part I: Relative importance of water and sediment as exposure routes. Aquatic Toxicology 164: 81–91

Khan F.R., Kennaway, G.M., Croteau, M-N., Dybowska, A., Smith B.D., Nogueira, A.J.A., Rainbow P.S., Luoma, S.N. & E. Valsami-Jones. 2014. In vivo retention of ingested Au NPs by Daphnia magna: no evidence for trans-epithelial alimentary uptake. Chemosphere 100: 97-104.

Lopez-Serrano Oliver A., Croteau, M-N., Stoiber TL, Tejamaya M, Römer I, Lead JR. Luoma SN. 2014. Does water chemistry affect the dietary uptake and toxicity of silver nanoparticles by the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis? Environ. Pollut. 189: 87-91

García-Alonso, J., Rodriguez-Sanchez, N., Misra, S.K., Valsami-Jones, E., Croteau, M-N., Luoma, S.N., Rainbow, P.S. 2014. Toxicity and accumulation of silver nanoparticles during development of the marine polychaete Platynereis dumerilii. Sci. Total. Environ. 476-477: 688-695.

Luoma, S. N., Khan, F. & Croteau, M-N. 2014. Bioavailability and Bioaccumulation of Metal Based Engineered Nanomaterials (Me-ENMs) in aquatic environments: Concepts and Processes. In Frontiers of Nanoscience, Vol. 7. Lead, J. and Valsami-Jones, E. (eds). Elsevier. pp 157-192

Croteau, M.-N., Dybowska, A.D., Luoma, S.N., Misra & Valsami-Jones, E. 2014. Isotopically modified silver nanoparticles to assess nanosilver bioavailability and toxicity at environmentally relevant exposures. Environ. Chem. 11: 247-256

Croteau, M.-N., Misra, S.K., Luoma S.N., & Valsami-Jones, E. 2014. Bioaccumulation and toxicity of CuO nanoparticles by a freshwater invertebrate after waterborne and dietborne exposures. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48: 10929-10937

Croteau, M.-N., Cain, D.J., and Fuller, C.C., 2013, Novel and nontraditional use of stable isotopes to study metal bioavailability from natural particles: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 47, no. 7, p. 3424-3431

Cain, D.J., Croteau, M.-N., and Fuller, C.C., 2013. Aquatic Organisms Absorb Metals From Ingested Mineral Particles. GeoHealth Newsletter vol. 10 (1) [ n01.html]

Cain, D.J., Croteau, M.-N., and Fuller, C.C., 2013, Dietary bioavailability of Cu adsorbed to colloidal hydrous ferric oxide: Environ. Sci. Technol. 47: 2869-2876

Misra, S.K., Dybowska, A., Berhanu, D., Croteau, M.-N., Luoma, S.N., Boccaccini, A.R. & Valsami-Jones, E. 2012. Isotopically modified nanoparticles for enhanced detection in bioaccumulation studies. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46: 1216-1222

Cain, D., Croteau, M.-N., & Luoma, S.N. 2011. Bioaccumulation dynamics and exposure routes of Cd and Cu among species of aquatic mayflies. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 30: 2532-2541.

Croteau, M.-N., Misra, S.K., Luoma, S.N., & Valsami-Jones, E. 2011. Silver bioaccumulation dynamics in a freshwater invertebrate after aqueous and dietary exposures to nanosized and ionic Ag. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45: 6600-6607

Croteau, M.-N., Dybowska, A.D., Luoma, S.N., & Valsami-Jones, E. 2011. A novel approach reveals that ZnO nanoparticles are bioavailable and toxic after dietary exposure. Nanotoxicology. 5(1): 79-90

Dybowska, A.D., Croteau, M.-N., Misra, S.K., Bernahu, D., Luoma, S.N., Christian P., O’Brian, P. & Valsami-Jones, E. 2011. Synthesis of isotopically modified ZnO nanoparticles their potential as nanotoxicity tracers. Environ.Pollut. 159: 266-273

Janssen, E.M.-L., Croteau, M.-N., Luoma, S.N., & R.G. Luthy. 2010. Measurement and modeling of polychlorinated biphenyl bioaccumulation from sediment for the marine polychaete Neanthes arenaceodentata and response to sorbent amendment. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44: 2857-2863.

Croteau, M.-N., & S.N. Luoma. 2009. Predicting dietborne metal toxicity from metal influxes. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 4915-4921

Croteau, M.-N., & S.N. Luoma. 2008. A biodynamic understanding of dietborne metal uptake by a freshwater invertebrate. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42: 1801-1806

Hare, L., Tessier A., and M.-N. Croteau. 2008. A biomonitor for tracking changes in the availability of lakewater cadmium over-space and time. Human Ecol. Risk Assessment. 14: 1-14

Croteau, M.-N., & S.N. Luoma. 2007. Characterizing dissolved Cu and Cd uptake in terms of the biotic ligand and biodynamics using enriched stable isotopes. Environ. Sci. Technol. 41: 3140-3145

Croteau, M.-N., S.N. Luoma & B. Pellet. 2007. Determining metal assimilation efficiency in aquatic invertebrates using enriched stable metal isotope tracers. Aquat. Toxicol. 83: 116-125.

Croteau, M.-N., S.N. Luoma & A. R. Stewart. 2005. Trophic transfer of metals along freshwater food webs: Evidence of Cd biomagnification in nature. Limnol. Oceanogr. 50: 1511-1519.

Croteau, M.-N., & S.N. Luoma. 2005. Delineating copper accumulation pathways for the freshwater bivalve Corbicula using stable copper isotopes. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 24: 2871-2878

Kuwabara, J.S., B.R. Topping, G.E. Moon, P. Husby, A. Lincoff, J.L. Carter & M.-N. Croteau. 2005. Mercury accumulation by lower trophic-level organisms in lentic systems within the Guadalupe River watershed, CA. U.S.G.S-Scientific Investigation Report 2005-5037,

Croteau, M.-N., S.N. Luoma, C. B. Lopez & B.R. Topping. 2004. Stable metal isotopes reveal copper accumulation and loss dynamics in the freshwater bivalve Corbicula. Environ. Sci. Technol. 38: 5002-5009.

Croteau, M.-N., L. Hare & A. Tessier. 2003. Difficulties in relating Cd concentrations in the predatory insect Chaoborus to those of its prey in nature. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 60: 800-808.

Croteau, M.-N., L. Hare & P. Marcoux. 2003. Feeding patterns of migratory and non-migratory fourth instar larvae of two coexisting Chaoborus species in an acidic and metal contaminated lake: Importance of prey ingestion rate in predicting metal bioaccumulation. Arch. Hydrobiol. 158: 57-74.

Croteau, M.-N., L. Hare & A. Tessier. 2002. Increase in food web cadmium following reductions in atmospheric inputs to some lakes. Environ. Sci. Technol. 36(4): 3079-3082.

Croteau, M.-N., L. Hare, P.G.C Campbell & Y. Couillard. 2002. Metallothionein-like metal-binding protein in the biomonitor Chaoborus: Occurrence and relationship to ambient metal concentrations in lakes. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 21(4): 737-741.

Croteau, M.-N., L. Hare & A. Tessier. 2002. Influence of temperature on Cd accumulation by species of the biomonitor Chaoborus. Limnol. Oceanogr. 47(2): 505-514.

Croteau, M.-N., L. Hare & A. Tessier. 2001. Differences in Cd accumulation among species of the lake-dwelling biomonitor Chaoborus. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 58: 1737-1746.

Croteau, M.-N., L. Hare & A. Tessier. 1998. Refining and testing a trace metal biomonitor (Chaoborus) in highly acidic lakes. Environ. Sci. Technol. 32(9): 1348-1353.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Environmental Issuescontamination and pollution
Environmental Issuesmine drainage
Environmental Issuestoxic trace elements

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health

Energy & Minerals for America's Future

Bioavailability and toxicity of metals

Image of Current Focus for Bioavailability and toxicity of metals

I utilize metal isotope tracers to further our understanding of the biogeochemical processes that govern the bioavailability and toxicity of metals to biota. Specifically, my research aims at linking contaminant bioavailability to toxicity, especially for aquatic organisms exposed to metals and metallo-nanomaterials through solution and diet. I am especially interested in improving our understanding of the physiological and geochemical processes that influence metal bioaccumulation. For example, I investigate how the geochemical properties of mineral particles consumed by organisms affect their bioavailability. Biodynamic modelling and enriched stable isotope tracers are the centerpiece of my work. I develop and refine biogeochemical methodologies to quantify responses of organisms to metal-stresses. Specifically, I conduct experiments where I employ biodynamic principles and isotope tracers to investigate the relationships between contaminant exposure and bioaccumulation, as well as between contaminant fluxes and toxicity. The parameterization of species-specific and metal-specific processes (e.g., feeding rates, assimilation efficiencies, loss and detoxification rates) allows predicting the risks and effects of metals and metallo-nanomaterials exposure.

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Marie-Noele Croteau
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-329-4327 - Fax
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