Ecotoxicology Essentials: Environmental Contaminants And Their Biological Effects On Animals And…

Paperback | April 19, 2016

byDonald W. Sparling, Greg LinderEditorDonald W. Sparling

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Ecotoxicology Essentials: Environmental Contaminants and Their Biological Effects on Animals and Plants provides a fundamental understanding of this area for students and professionals in ecotoxicology, ecology, conservation, chemistry, public health, wildlife management, fisheries, and many other disciplines. Although new chemicals and potential problems are developed every year, a basic education is essential to address these new challenges, and this work gives such training. Written with the regulatory framework in mind, the material guides readers on modelling, how to conduct assessments, and human and wildlife risk, focusing on effects on animals rather than transport of chemicals. Simple discussions of chemistry are complemented by coverage on the behavior of the animal, dynamics of the ecosystem, real-life situations like drought, and predators in the system i.e., the natural system versus the lab setting. The book's first section contains chapters on the principles of contaminant toxicology including a brief history of the science of ecotoxicology, basic principles of the science, testing methods, and ways of determining if animals have been exposed to either acute or chronic concentrations of contaminants. The second section deals with the primary classes of contaminants including their chemical characteristics, sources, uses, and effects on organisms. The third section focuses on more complex issues such as the regulation of pollution, population and community effects, risk assessment and modelling. Uses examples from both aquatic and terrestrial environments and species Includes a Terms to Know section and a list of study questions in each chapter, fostering a greater understanding of the issues Focuses on the effects of contaminants on wildlife while providing enough chemistry to allow a detailed understanding of the various contaminant groups Emphasizes natural examples and 'real' species, rather than laboratory studies on only a handful of organisms Features case histories, detailing actual events that include aspects of how the contamination occurred and its effects on wildlife Provides material from a wide variety of international sources

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Ecotoxicology Essentials: Environmental Contaminants and Their Biological Effects on Animals and Plants provides a fundamental understanding of this area for students and professionals in ecotoxicology, ecology, conservation, chemistry, public health, wildlife management, fisheries, and many other disciplines. Although new chemicals an...

Donald W. Sparling is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University. Having written more than 100 publications, his research interests in wildlife ecology include contaminant ecology, specifically the effects of contaminants on amphibians, reptiles, and birds; and wetland ecology, including storm water wetlands and the develop...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Basic Principles and Tools of Ecotoxicology Chapter 1. Principles of Toxicology Chapter 2. Basic Testing Methods Chapter 3. Bioindicators of Exposure

SECTION 2. Chemistry and Effect of Major Families of Contaminants Chapter 4. Chlorinated Pesticides Toxic Leftovers From Bygone Years Chapter 5. Current Use Pesticides (w/ focus on OPs, Carbamates, Pyrethroids and others) Chapter 6. PCBs, PDE, dioxins, furans and related organics Chapter 7. PAHs Chapter 8. Metals Chapter 9. Other Contaminants New and Old

SECTION 3 Identifying and Evaluating Large Scale Contaminant Hazards Chapter 10. Population Effects of Contaminants Chapter 11. Community and Ecosystem Effects of Contaminants Chapter 12. Modelling in Ecotoxicology Chapter 13. Risk Assessment Chapter 14. Contaminants and Human Health Chapter 15. Federal and State Regulation of Environmental Chemicals and Damage Assessment Chapter 16. Wrap up