Miriam Diamond , Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

University of Toronto (1990)

Other Degrees:
MScEng Queen's University (1984)
MSc University of Alberta (1980)
BSc University of Toronto (1976)

Cross Appointments:
Department of Earth Sciences

Honours & Awards:
May 2007: Miriam Diamond was named Canadian Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic.

Contact Information:

Department of Earth Sciences
Phone:    (416) 978-1586
Location: Earth Sciences Centre
Email:     miriam.diamond@utoronto.ca

Personal Website: http://www.miriamldiamond.com/

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Chemistry Research Group
  • mathematical modelling
  • analytical chemistry
  • lab studies, field studies, and information management.
  • Our research is motivated by the need to develop defensible strategies to improve environmental quality in systems subject to anthropogenically elevated contaminant inputs.
  • Our work focuses on aquatic systems (air, water and sediment) and multimedia movement (air, water, soil, sediment, vegetation and impervious surfaces), specifically, in urban areas.

Selected Publications:

  • Gewurtz SB, SP Bhavsar, PW Crozier, ML Diamond, PA Helm, CH Marvin, EJ Reiner. 2009. Perfluoroalkyl contaminants in window film from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and an assessment of carpet as a possible source. Environ Sci Technol. 43:7317-7323.
  • Harrad S, C Ibarra, M Robson, L Melymuk, X Zhang, M Diamond, J Douwes. 2009 Polychlorinated biphenyls in indoor dust from Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States: implications for human exposure. Chemosphere. 76(2):232-238.
  • Zhang, X., M.L. Diamond, S.J. Harrad, C. Ibarra. 2009. Multimedia modeling of PBDE emissions and fate indoors.  Environ Sci Technol 43(8): 2845-2850.
  • Wong, F., Robson, M., M.L. Diamond, S. Harrad and J. Truong. 2009. Concentrations and chiral signature of POPs in soils and sediments: a comparative urban vs. rural study in Canada and UK. Chemosphere 74: 104-111.
  • Gewurtz, S.B., N. Gandhi, G.N. Christensen, A. Evenset, D. Gregor and M.L. Diamond. 2009. Application of a food web model to determine the relative influence of lake morphology, nutrients, and contaminant loadings on the dynamics of polychlorinated biphenyls in a high arctic food web. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res.  16(2):176-190.
  • Del Gobbo, L. Tittlemier, S., Pepper K., Tague B., Vanderlinden, L. Diamond, M. 2008. Cooking reduces perfluorinated compound concentrations in fish. J Agricult Food Chem. 56(16):7551-7559.
  • Wu, R., T. Harner and M. L. Diamond. 2008. Evolution rates and PCB content of surface films that develop on impervious urban surfaces. Atmos. Environ. 42(24): 6131-6143.
  • Bhavsar, S. P., N. Gandhi and M. L. Diamond. 2008. Extension of coupled multispecies metal transport and speciation (TRANSPEC) model to soil. Chemosphere 70(5): 914-924.
  • Harrad, S., C. Ibarra, M. Diamond, L. Melymuk, M. Robson, J. Douwes, L. Roosens, A. Constantin Dirtu and A. Covaci. 2008. Polybromianted diphenyl ethers in domestic indoor dust from Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. Environ. Internat. 34: 232-238.
  • Archbold, J. A., R. Hull and M. L. Diamond. 2007. Potential importance of inhalation exposures for wildlife using screening-level ecological risk assessment. Human Ecol. Risk Assess. 13(4): 870-883.
  • Diamond, M. L. and E. M. Hodge. 2007. From source to effect: urban contaminant dynamics. Environ. Sci Technol. Feature article. 41(11): 3796-3805.

Research Clusters:
Biogeochemistry and Contaminants, Nature, Society and Environmental Change