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Olivier Champeau

Ecotoxicologist – Biomarkers and Contaminants


  • PhD (Ecotoxicology). University of Bordeaux 1

Role at Cawthron

Olivier is a scientist in the Coastal and Freshwater Group at Cawthron. He assesses contamination and environmental risks in water and soil with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) standardised tests and biomarkers in a range of freshwater, marine and soil organisms. He also develops assays using New Zealand native species.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Link between biomarker responses and impact on the whole organism and populations
  • Effects of multiple stressors and mixtures toxicity
  • Biomonitoring of ecosystems health with biomarkers to provide support for environmental management decisions

Professional affiliations

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
  • Royal Society of New Zealand

Conference papers and presentations

Ataria J, Champeau O, Kume G, Trainor R, Northcott G, Tremblay L. Eels as biomonitor species in the Mataura River, New Zealand. Poster presented at the 5th SETAC World, Sydney, Australia, 3-7 August 2008 and the 29th SETAC North America, Tampa, Florida, USA, 16-20 November 2008.

Champeau O, Morin B, Bodian L, Nunes Figueiredo C, Soler Ph, Saint-Denis M, Ribera D. Genotoxicity biomarkers for soil toxicity monitoring. Poster presented at the 17th SETAC – Europe, Porto, Portugal, 20-24 May 2007.

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Publication links

+64 3 548 2319
[email protected]