Introduction to Ecotoxicology
August 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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
The book 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.
1 The Ecotoxicology Concept: Introduction.
2 Sources, Types and Properties of Ecotoxicants.
3 Distribution and Transformation of Chemicals in the Environment.
4 Molecular, Biochemical, Physiological and Behavioural Responses.of Organisms.
5 Effects on Population, Community and Ecosystem.
6 Dose and Concentration: Response Relationships.
7 Biomarkers and Biomonitoring of Hazards in the Environment.
8 Ecological Risk Assessment.
9 Ecotoxicology and Management of Chemicals.