Dr. Leatherland's most recent research interests have focused on the impact of man-made environmental toxicants on epigenetic events during early embryonic development of aquatic vertebrates.
At U of G, he taught undergraduate/graduate courses in human and comparative animal physiology. His research focused the effects of environmental factors (including toxicants) on the endocrine systems of aquatic vertebrates. The research led to the publication of >270 papers in international journals. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the international journal "Fish Physiology and Biochemistry", and served on the editorial boards of several other respected journals. In addition, he authored chapters in several books, and was the editor of several books related to environmental physiology.
Leatherland received his PhD in vertebrate endocrinology from the University of Leeds, U.K. in 1967; he then undertook postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of British Columbia (Canada) and Hull (U.K.) before joining the Department of Zoology at the University of Guelph in 1971. He was the Assistant Dean of CBS from 1991 to 1994, and the Chair of Biomedical Sciences in OVC from 1994 to 2005.