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Researchers Contribute to New Book on Environmental Contaminants in Wildlife


Image of book cover for Environmental Contaminants in Biota | © CRC PressEnvironment Canada scientists have contributed chapters to the second edition of Environmental Contaminants in Biota: Interpreting Tissue Concentrations, a new text that offers guidance on how to interpret toxicological consequences and relate tissue concentrations quantitatively to injury.

The new book presents current research on the evaluation and interpretation of environmental contaminants in wildlife; explains how to interpret contaminant levels of organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, dioxins, PAHs, and metals (especially mercury, lead, selenium, and cadmium) in wildlife; addresses contaminants in aquatic organisms; and considers seasonal or geographical variation, biomagnifications, and feeding habits of individual wildlife species in data collection.

Environment Canada staff chapter contributions include:

  • History of wildlife toxicology and the interpretation of contaminant concentrations in tissues: B.A. Rattner, A.M. Scheuhammer, and J.E. Elliott
  • Cyclodiene and other organochlorine pesticides in birds: J.E. Elliott and C.A. Bishop
  • Effects of polychlorinated biphenyls, dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in wild birds: M.L. Harris and J.E. Elliott
  • Cadmium in birds: M. Wayland and A.M. Scheuhammer

The 768-page book is available from CRC Press: see ordering information here.

Source: Beyer, W.N. and J.P. Meador (eds.) Environmental Contaminants in Biota: Interpreting Tissue Concentrations, 2nd ed. CRC Press. February 2011. 768 pp.

Contact: Dr. John Elliott, 604-940-4680, Wildlife and Landscape Science

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