Introduction to Ecotoxicology

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D. W. Connell
Wiley, Aug 25, 1999 - Nature - 170 pages
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Environmental pollution is one of the most serious threats to the future health of our planet. A wide and ever increasing range of chemicals from industry, agriculture, medicine and a host of other sources continue to contribute to the earth's chemical load. Governments have encountered great difficulties responding to the crucial and immediate need for effective management.

As a result, the new science of ecotoxicology has developed, which provides a broad conceptual framework for evaluating the effects of chemicals in natural ecosystems.

This book is aimed principally at undergraduate students who have completed basic courses in both chemistry and biology. It takes a broad view of ecotoxicology starting with the nature, properties and behaviour of environmental toxicants, and extends to dose/response relationships and effects on organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems. Importantly, it also addresses environmental management areas such as biomarkers, biomonitoring, ecological risk assessment and the ecotoxicology and management of chemicals.

Introduction to Ecotoxicology provides an invaluable overview of the subject for students taking courses in ecotoxicology and environmental pollution, as well as wider degree programmes in biology, ecology, wildlife management, environmental science, environmental impact assessment, toxicology, pollution, chemical engineering, civil engineering, sanitation engineering and related subjects.

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About the authors DES W. CONNELL is a Reader at Griffith University's School of Australian Environmental Studies in Queensland. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York's Marine Sciences Research Center in Stony Brook. His professional experience includes positions as Director of the Gippsland Lakes Environmental Study for the Victorian Ministry of Conservation (VMC) and Marine Studies Coordinator for the VMC's Westernport Bay Environmental Study. He is a member of the Water Quality Council of Queensland, the Australian Environmental Council's Chemicals Review Subcommittee, and a former member of the Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee. His other books include Water Pollution: Causes and Effects in Australia and New Zealand (1981) and Experiments in Environmental Chemistry (1980). In 1964 Dr. Connell received a Commonwealth Postgraduate Award and, later, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Research Award. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Queensland. GREGORY J. MILLER is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Environmental Chemistry at Griffith University's School of Australian Environmental Studies. Previously, he worked as a chemist and state analyst in the Department of Health and Medical Services at the Queensland Government Chemical Laboratory. He is a member of the Australian Littoral Society and the Queensland Conservation Council. In 1976 he was awarded a Griffith University Postgraduate Scholarship. He earned his MPhil. in environmental chemistry from the School of Australian Environmental Studies in 1981.

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