Clarkson University’s Bayard D. Clarkson Professor Emeritus Philip Hopke has hit a major career milestone. Hopke and other faculty experts at Clarkson have teamed up to co-author his 700th peer-reviewed journal publication. The title of the paper accepted for publication in Environmental Science and Technology is “Legacy Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) Trends in Top Predator Fish of the Laurentian Great Lakes (GL) from 1979 to 2016: Will Concentrations Continue to Decrease?”
As the Quality Assurance manager for the Clarkson-led Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program (GLFMSP), Hopke helps with the data analysis tasks. The program is supported by the Great Lakes National Program Office of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
With other Great Lakes research experts, Hopke and the team explored the concentration of the PBDEs (which were once used as fire retardants and have been detected throughout the Great Lakes ecosystem) in top predator fish like trout and walleye, over a nearly 40 year period.
Hopke is very excited about this latest partnership, “Given the wide range of collaborations, I am very pleased that this 700th paper is part of the continuing work with Clarkson Professor Tom Holsen, Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering, CARES (Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science), and Clarkson staff and students as well as the other GLFMSP collaborators,” he said.
He is involved in a variety of other projects and studies from wood pellet boiler emissions to air pollution and mortality in Iran, to health issues due to BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) exposure in beauty salons, and emissions from residential coal combustion in China.
The paper on Great Lakes fish was accepted last month.
Clarkson University has a large portfolio of research focused on the health of the St. Lawrence River, an important environmental ecosystem as well as economic development driver for the region. Next week more than 500 collegiate anglers from 31 states will head to the North Country for the Northeast Regional Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and hosted by Clarkson and its Bass Fishing Club. A reception for the anglers featuring research on the St. Lawrence River will take place Wednesday, June 19 at 5pm in the Student Center Forum and is open to the public.