FNR527_Fall2011 - Ecotoxicology (FNR 52700) Instructor: Dr....

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1 Ecotoxicology (FNR 52700) Instructor: Dr. Maria S. Sepúlveda, 103 Forestry Bldg., Phone: 496-3428 Email: mssepulv@purdue.edu Office hours: by appointment only Classroom: FORS 216 Course Information and Materials: Will be posted in Blackboard. Day and Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 to 9:20 AM Text: No textbook is required for this course. However, I will be assigning several book chapters as reading material throughout the course. If you wish to purchase a book, here are some good alternatives (in order of priority): Walker, C.H., S. P. Hopkin, R. M. Sibly, D.B. Peakall. 2005. Principles of Ecotoxicology, Fourth Edition. Newman, M.C. and M.A. Unger. 2003. Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Second Edition. CRC/Lewis Press, Boca Raton, FL. Hoffman, D. J., B. A., Rattner, G.A. Burton Jr., J. Cairns Jr. 2002. Handbook of Ecotoxicology, Second Edition. CRC Press. General Course Description: This course will cover theoretical and applied approaches to the science of ecotoxicology, including application of the tools and procedures used to understand toxicant fate and effects in free-ranging animals and ecosystems. Objectives of the Course: This course will introduce basic concepts in ecotoxicology including: Review of basic ecotoxicological principles The various types, sources and environmental fate and effects of contaminants Modes of toxicant uptake, transformation, storage and depuration Dose/concentration-response, exposure routes Factors that influence toxicity Contaminant distribution, bioaccumulation, and biomagnification Biomarkers of exposure and effects: Molecular to ecosystem-levels Basic principles in aquatic toxicity testing Common toxicity assays using invertebrates, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals ( in vitro , in vivo , mesocosms, and in situ bioassays) Field case studies: Complex effluents (sewage and paper mills); Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxicants (PCBs, PAHs, dioxins); Endocrine disrupting chemicals; Heavy metals; Nutrients and pathogens Statistical analyses of toxicity data Introduction to ecological risk assessment Grading Format: ASSIGNMENT Date %
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2 MIDTERM I* October 5 32.5% FINAL* Week of December 12 32.5% PRESENTATION**
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course ESE 5970 taught by Professor Rao during the Fall '11 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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