Ecotoxicology (FNR 52700)
Dr. Maria S. Sepúlveda, 103 Forestry Bldg., Phone: 496-3428
Office hours: by appointment only
Course Information and Materials:
Will be posted in Blackboard.
Day and Time:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 to 9:20 AM
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.
Ecotoxicology, Fourth Edition.
Newman, M.C. and M.A. Unger.
Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Second
CRC/Lewis Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Hoffman, D. J., B. A., Rattner, G.A. Burton Jr., J. Cairns Jr.
Ecotoxicology, Second Edition.
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 (
, mesocosms, and
Field case studies: Complex effluents (sewage and paper mills); Persistent Bioaccumulative
Toxicants (PCBs, PAHs, dioxins); Endocrine disrupting chemicals; Heavy metals; Nutrients and
Statistical analyses of toxicity data
Introduction to ecological risk assessment