Pamela Welbourn

Adjunct Professor

Pamela Welbourn

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
School of Environmental Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
K7L 3N6


Retired professor of Botany and Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Toronto
and Conjunct Professor, Trent University Environment and Resource Studies 


Please direct inquiries to the contact information provided.

Academic Training

B.Sc (Hons) Bristol University UK, 1956; 
Ph.D Bristol University UK 1959

General Academic Interests

  • Environmental Toxicology, especially inorganic contaminants;
  • Ecological Risk Assessment;
  • Brownfields
Being retired I no longer hold research grants nor do I have a laboratory. Most of my research is "desktop" work and I do a great deal of writing and some reviewing.

Courses Taught at Queen's

ENSC 201 Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Risks. Co-ordinator and Instructor
ENSC 480 Special Topics in Environmental Science Instructor
ENSC 501 Independent Environmental Study Advisor
ENSC 325 Ecotoxicology Guest lectures on Risk Assement
ENSC 801 Methodological and Conceptual Basis for Environmental Studies


Over 120 refereed publications and conference proceedings, with emphasis on aquatic toxicology of metals and aquatic effects of acidification. Numerous articles and chapters in books, editor of five major criteria documents and proceedings.

Recent Publications

The Story of Brownfields and Smart Growth in Kingston Ontario: from contamination to revitalization. 2009 edited by Pamela Welbourn, Joseph Davis, Harry Cleghorn and Steven Rose. Classroom Complete Press, 303 pp

Wright, D.A and P.M. Welbourn. 2007 Environmental Toxicology: a textbook for universities. In Chinese. Higher Education Press. 634 pp

Evans, R. D., G. C. Balch, H. E. Evans and P. M. Welbourn 2005. Uptake and Elimination of Lead, Zinc, and Copper by Caddisfly Larvae (Trichoptera: Hydropsychidae) Using Stable Isotope Tracers. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

Eimers, M.C., R.D. Evans and P.M. Welbourn 2002. Partitioning and bioaccumulation of cadmium in artificial sediment systems: application of a stable isotope tracer technique. Chemosphere 46: 543-551

Wright, D.A. and P.M. Welbourn. 2002 Environmental Toxicology: a textbook for 
universities. Cambridge University Press. 630 pp

Welbourn, P.M. Articles on Arsenic, Cadmium, Carbon monoxide, Long Range 
Transport, Mercury, Noise, Pulp and Paper Mills - Pollution. In: Paehlke, R. (ed). 
Encyclopedia of Conservation and Environmentalism. Garland Publishing, New York.