Wildlife Ecotoxicology: Forensic Approaches

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John E. Elliott, Christine A. Bishop, Christy Morrissey
Springer, Aug 27, 2011 - Science - 468 pages
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Many books have now been published in the broad field of environmental toxicology.  However, to date, none of have presented the often fascinating stories of the wildlife science, and the steps along the way from discovery of problems caused by environmental pollutants to the regulatory and non-regulatory efforts to address the problems.  This book provides case by case examinations of how toxic chemical effects on wildlife have brought about policy and regulatory decisions, and positive changes in environmental conditions.  Wild animal stories, whether they are about the disappearance of charismatic top predators, or of grossly deformed embryos or frogs, provide powerful symbols that can and have captured the public's imagination and have resulted in increased awareness by decision makers.  It is the intent of this book to present factual and balanced overviews and summaries of the science and the subsequent regulatory processes that followed to effect change (or not).  We cover a variety of chemicals and topics beginning with an update of the classic California coastal DDT story of eggshell thinning and avian reproduction to more recent cases, such as the veterinarian pharmaceutical that has brought three species of Asian vultures to the brink of extinction.  Researchers, regulators, educators, NGOs and the general public will find valuable insights into the processes and mechanisms involved both in environmental scientific investigation and in efforts to effect positive change.

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Chapter 1 Wildlife Ecotoxicology Forensic Approaches
Chapter 2 Dioxins Wildlife and the Forest Industry in British Columbia Canada
Chapter 3 Swallows as a Sentinel Species for Contaminant Exposure and Effect Studies
Chapter 4 The Rocky Mountain Arsenal From Environmental Catastrophe to Urban Wildlife Refuge
Chapter 5 Abnormal Alligators and Organochlorine Pesticides in Lake Apopka Florida
Chapter 6 Restoration of Lake Apopkas North Shore Marsh High Hopes Tough Times and Persistent Progress
Chapter 7 Controlling Wireworms Without Killing Wildlife in the Fraser River Delta
Chapter 8 Toxic Trees Arsenic Pesticides Woodpeckers and the Mountain Pine Beetle
Chapter 10 Atrazine Has Been Used Safely for 50 Years?
Chapter 11 Selenium Salty Water and Deformed Birds
Chapter 12 Eliminating Lead from Recreational Shooting and Angling Relating Wildlife Science to Environmental Policy and Regulation in North A...
Chapter 13 Feminized Fish Environmental Estrogens and Wastewater Effluents in English Rivers
Chapter 14 South Asian Vultures in Crisis Environmental Contamination with a Pharmaceutical
Chapter 15 Where Science Stops and Action Starts

Chapter 9 Amphibians Are Not Ready for Roundup

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John E. Elliott is professor of economics, University of Southern California. He has edited the volumes "Economic Issues and Policies "and "Competing Philosophies in American Political Economies