REED C. HARRIS tel: 905-339-0763

180 Forestwood Drive, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, L6J4E6


M. Eng. (Civil) – 1991, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

P. Eng. – 1981, Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario

B. Sc. (Civil Engineering) – 1978, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


  • Member of Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario
  • Mercury Technical Review Committee, CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program
  • South River Innovative Remedial Options Team


Reed Harris Environmental Ltd. Aug. 2008 to present

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

  • Project manager for METAALICUS whole ecosystem Hg addition study in Ontario.
  • Development of mercury cycling and bioaccumulation models for Gulf of Mexico, Florida Everglades and wetlands, lakes, hydroelectric reservoirs,  and terrestrial systems.
  • Contributor to development of North American mercury monitoring program to detect changes in fish mercury levels after emissions controls (book editor, chapter author).
  • Mercury remediation strategies at contaminated sites (South River, VA)

Tetra Tech Inc. Nov. 1993 – Jul. 2008

Principal Engineer (2001-2008)

Senior Environmental Engineer (1993-2001)

  • Development of mercury cycling models for lakes (D-MCM, EPRI), hydroelectric reservoirs (Manitoba Hydro), Florida Everglades and wetlands (E-MCM, US EPA).
  • Assessment of potential effects of proposed Lower Churchill River hydroelectric project on fish Hg levels (Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro).
  • Application of aquatic mercury cycling models during US EPA pilot mercury Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies in Florida and Wisconsin.
  • Assessment of mercury cycling in the northern Adriatic Sea.

Ontario Hydro Nov. 1981 to Oct. 1993

Environmental Studies Specialist (1989 – 1993)

Environmental Studies Engineer (1981 – 1989)

  • Coordination and preparation of Environmental Assessments for generating facilities (hydroelectric, combustion turbine units).
  • Coordination of site selection studies for generating facilities.
  • Full life-cycle environmental impacts of alternative generating technologies, including fuel cells, wood and peat combustion, municipal solid waste, wind and photovoltaics.
  • Design of water quality field programs for proposed Mattagami River hydroelectric development in Ontario.

Engineer Aug. 1978 to Nov. 1981

MHTR Consultants, Guelph, Ontario

  • Wind tunnel and water flume studies (e.g. TD and Convention Centres in Toronto)
  • Stack height simulations for exhausts from GE Research Inc. facilities, Schenectady, New York.

Selected Publications

Harris, R.C., J.W.M. Rudd, M. Amyot, C. Babiarz, K.G. Beaty, P.J. Blanchfield, R.A. Bodaly, B.A. Branfireun, C.C. Gilmour, J.A. Graydon, A. Heyes, H. Hintelmann, J.P. Hurley, C.A. Kelly, D.P. Krabbenhoft, S.E. Lindberg, R.P. Mason, M.J. Paterson, C.L. Podemski, A. Robinson, K.A. Sandilands, G.R. Southworth, V.L. St. Louis, and M.T. Tate (2007) Whole-ecosystem study shows rapid fish-mercury response to changes in mercury deposition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104(42): 16586–16591

Harris R., D. Krabbenhoft, R. Mason, M. Murray, R. Reash and T. Saltman (2007) Chapter 1 (Introduction) in “Ecosystem Responses to Mercury Contamination: Indicators of Change”. R. Harris, D. Krabbenhoft, R. Mason, M. Murray, R. Reash and T. Saltman (Eds.). SETAC publications.

Krabbenhoft, D., D. Engstrom, C. Gilmour, R. Harris, J. Hurley, and R. Mason (2007) “Monitoring and Evaluating Trends in Sediment and Water Indicators.” Chapter 3 in: “Ecosystem Responses to Mercury Contamination:  Indicators of Change” R. Harris, D. Krabbenhoft, R. Mason, M. Murray, R. Reash and T. Saltman (Eds.). SETAC publications.

Munthe J., R.A. Bodaly, B. Branfireun, C.T. Driscoll, C.C. Gilmour, R. Harris, M. Horvat, M. Lucotte, and O. Malm (2007) Recovery of mercury-contaminated fisheries.  Ambio 36 (1):33 – 44.

Orihel, D.M., M.J. Paterson, C.C. Gilmour, R.A. Bodaly, P.J. Blanchfield, H. Hintelmann, R.C. Harris and J.W.M. Rudd (2006) Effect of Loading Rate on the Fate of Mercury in Littoral Mesocosms.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 40:5992-6000

Paterson, M.J., P.J. Blanchfield, C. Podemski, H.H. Hintelmann, C.C. Gilmour, R. Harris, N. Ogrinc, J.W.M. Rudd and K. Sandilands (2006) Bioaccumulation of newly deposited mercury by fish and invertebrates: An enclosure study using stable mercury isotopes. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 63:2213-2224

Southworth, G., S. Lindberg, H. Hintelmann, M. Amyot, A. Poulain, M.A. Bogle, M. Peterson, J. Rudd, R. Harris, K. Sandilands, D. Krabbenhoft  and M. Olsen (In press) Evasion of added isotopic mercury from a north temperate lake.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Hintelmann, H., and R. Harris (2004) Application of multiple stable mercury isotopes to determine the adsorption and desorption dynamics of Hg(II) and MeHg to sediments. Marine Chemistry 90: 165– 173

Hintelmann, H., R. Harris, A. Heyes, J. Hurley, C. Kelly, D. Krabbenhoft, S. Lindberg, J.W.M. Rudd, K. Scott and V. St. Louis (2002)  Reactivity and Mobility of New and Old Mercury Deposition in a Boreal Forest Ecosystem during the First Year of the METAALICUS Study.  Env. Sci. Technol. 36: 5034-5040.

Krabbenhoft, D.P, J. P. Hurley, G.Aiken, C.Gilmour, M.Marvin- iPasquale, W.H. Orem and R.Harris (2000) Mercury cycling in the Florida Everglades: a mechanistic field study. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 27: 1-4

Sirca, A., R. Rajar, R.C. Harris and M. Horvat (1999) Mercury transport and fate in the Gulf of Trieste (Northern Adriatic) – a two-dimensional modeling approach.  Environmental Modeling & Software 14: 645-655.

Harris, R.C. and R.A. Bodaly (1998) Temperature, growth and dietary effects on fish mercury dynamics in two Ontario Lakes.  Biogeochemistry 40: 175-187

Kelly C.A., J.W.M. Rudd, R.A. Bodaly, N.P. Roulet, V.L. St Louis, A. Heyes, T.R. Moore, S. Schiff, R. Aravena, K.J. Scott, B. Dyck, R. Harris, B. Warner, and G. Edwards (1997) Increases in fluxes of greenhouse gases and methyl mercury following flooding of an experimental reservoir.  Environ. Sci Technol 31: 1334- 1344.