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Ecotoxicology Essentials : Environmental Contaminants and Their Biological Effects on Animals and Plants

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 790g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0128019476
  • 9780128019474
  • 1,761,811

Table of contents

Section I: Basic Principles and Tools of Ecotoxicology 1. An Introduction to Ecotoxicology 2. Basics of Toxicity Testing 3. Bioindicators of Contaminant Exposure

Section II: Chemistry and Effect of Major Families of Contaminants 4. Organochlorine Pesticides 5. Current Use Pesticides 6. Halogenated Aromatic Hydrocarbons 7. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons 8. Metals 9. Other Contaminants

Section III: Identifying and Evaluating Large Scale Contaminant Hazards 10. Population Ecotoxicology: Exposure and Effects of Environmental Chemicals 11. Community-Level and Ecosystem-Level Effects of Environmental Chemicals 12. Modeling in Ecotoxicology 13. Chemical Stressors and Ecological Risk 14. Contaminant Considerations in Humans 15. Regulation of Environmental Chemicals and Damage Assessment 16. Wrap Up
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Review Text

"Each of these chapters could be the subject of its own book given that sheer volume of research conducted over the past five decades. As such, these chapters serve as a first introduction to these contaminant classes appropriate for undergraduate students or environmental professionals with a limited background in toxicology." --The Quarterly Review of Biology
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"Each of these chapters could be the subject of its own book given that sheer volume of research conducted over the past five decades. As such, these chapters serve as a first introduction to these contaminant classes appropriate for undergraduate students or environmental professionals with a limited background in toxicology." --The Quarterly Review of Biology
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About Donald W. Sparling

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 development of an index of biological integrity for assessing wetland conditions.
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