Matthew Ross

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

PhD (Alberta), B.Sc. (Arizona State)

5-138P, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Matthew Ross is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Sciences at MacEwan University. His multidisciplinary research encompasses areas such as environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry and toxicology, and focuses on understanding the sources, transport and fate of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment.
Dr. Ross received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Arizona State University, after which he moved to Edmonton to pursue a PhD in environmental and analytical chemistry at the University of Alberta. After the completion of his PhD in 2011, Dr. Ross worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta. 

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Fate of organic pollutants in the environment,chromatography, mass spectrometry, forensic chemistry

Teaching and Research Interests

Current research areas

  • Identification of petroleum acids in oil sands process water
  • Environmental fate of petroleum acids
  • Sources and fate of microplastics in the environment
  • Fate and effects of novel environmental contaminants
  • Behavioural toxicology of environmental contaminant

Courses taught

  • CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM 252 Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM 270 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 353 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 370 Advanced Environmental Chemistry

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Gerner, N.; Kone, M.; Ross, M. S.; Pereira, A. S.; Ulrich, A.; Martin, J.; Liess, M. Stream Invertebrate Community Structure at Canadian Oil Sands Development is Linked to Concentration of Bitumen-derived Contaminants. Sci. Total Environ. 2017, 575, 1005-1013.

Ross, M. S.; Pereira, A. S.; Fennell, J.; Davies, M.; Johnson, J.; Sliva, L.; Martin, J. W. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Naphthenic Acids in Natural Waters Surrounding the Canadian Oil Sands Industry.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, 3196-3203.

Ross, M. S.; Wong, C. S.; Martin, J. W. Isomer Specific Siotransformation of Perfluorooctane Sulfonamide in Sprague-Dawley Rats. Environ. Sci. Tech. 2012, 46, 12796-12805.

Martin, J. W.; Asher, B. J.; Beesoon, S.; Benskin, J. P.; Ross, M. S.  PFOS or PreFOS? Are Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Precursors (PreFOS) Important Determinants of Human and Environmental Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) Exposure?  J. Environ. Monit. 2010, 12, 1979-2004.

Ross, M. S.; Verreault, J.; Letcher, R. J.; Gabrielsen, G. W.; Wong, C. S. Chiral Organochlorine Contaminants in the Blood and Eggs of Glaucous Gulls (Larus hyperboreus) from the Norwegian Arctic. Environ. Sci. Tech. 2008, 42, 7181-7186.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grant, 2014–2019
  • MacEwan University Special Projects Grant, 2013
  • MacEwan University Arts and Sciences Research Fund, 2013
  • MacEwan University Project Grant, 2013

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, member
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry, member
  • American Chemical Society, member