About

Dr. Grasman studies the effects of environmental pollutants on the health of fish eating birds - gulls, terns and herons of the Great Lakes and loons in the Adirondack Mountains. Funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Education

  • B.S in Biology, Calvin college, 1989
  • M. S. in Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1992
  • Ph.D. in Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1995

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Biology, Calvin college, 2005 - present
  • Associate Professor of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health Effects, Write State University, 1995 - 2005
  • Instructor of Biology, Calvin college, 1993-1995

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Academic Interests

For 20 years, Dr. Grasman has studied the effects of pollution on Great Lakes colonial waterbirds, focusing on three species: Herring Gulls, Black-Crowned Night Herons and Caspian Terns. By testing these birds, he provides the data needed to guide cleanup efforts and inform government agencies, like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which sponsors his work, of the magnitude of the problem.

Selected publications

  • Grasman, K.A., S. Fuhrman*, M. Langeland*, M. Mc Rae*, L. Williams. 2012. Health and Reproductive Impairments in Colonial Waterbirds in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern. Presentation at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Long Beach, California, November 2012. * = Calvin students
  • Depew, D.C., N. Basu, N. Burgess, L.M. Campbell, D.C. Evers, K.A. Grasman, A.M. Scheuhammer. 2012. Screening benchmarks for dietary methylmercury (MeHg) expo- sure in the common loon (Gavia immer): Rationale for use in ecological risk assessment. Presentation at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Long Beach, California, November 2012