ET&C Best Paper Award:
CONGRATULATIONS to M. Alisa Mast, David A. Alvarez, and Steven D. Zaugg for “Deposition and Accumulation of Airborne Organic Contaminants in Yosemite National Park, California;” the result of an intensive sampling campaign in Yosemite from 2008 to 2009. This research contributes significantly to the understanding of spatial and temporal distributions of pesticides in the Sierra Nevada. It documents the presence of current-use as well as legacy pesticides in snow, lichens, zooplankton, passive samplers and lake sediments. The experimental approach Mast used for measuring the aqueous concentrations was cited for excellence by the awards review panel, as was the scientific impact and public and professional interest in protecting a national resource. The full article is freely accessible and available on the ET&C website.
IEAM Best Paper Award:
CONGRATULATIONS to Mark Borsuk, Steffen Schweizer, and Peter Reichert for “A Bayesian Network Model for Integrative River Rehabilitation Planning and Management,” which integrates state-of-the-science mathematical analysis into decision making critical to solving river ecosystem impairment problems around the world. The paper exemplifies the application of complex environmental models and information addressing morphological, hydraulic, economic, and ecological consequences of different river rehabilitation strategies. Borsuk et al. describe the successful application of the work to a large river rehabilitation project in Switzerland. The approach has significant potential to support environmental decision making worldwide. The full article is freely accessible and available on the IEAM website.
ET&C February Top 100 Articles:
The occurrence, causes, and consequences of estrogens in the aquatic environment by John P Sumpter and Susan Jobling; Development of practical methods for assessing the chronic toxicity of effluents by Donald I Mount and David R Mount. Authors of these influential papers give updates on the field, assess the original challenges and how these were met, and detail remaining uncertainties.
New IEAM Podcast!
The newest IEAM podcast is live: For What It’s Worth: Using the Ecosystem Services Concept in ERAs, with Valery Forbes and Peter Calow. Listen here.
IEAM article selected by Society of Toxicology as top paper in advancing risk assessment
Sappington et al. 2011 (IEAM Vol 7, Issue 1) was recently selected by the Society of Toxicology as a top paper for advancing the science of risk assessment. The article presents a critical review of the application of the tissue residue approach (TRA) and develops a framework for integrating TRA into ecological assessments along with traditional, exposure concentration-based approaches. Access the article now, free for a limited time.
Global Climate Change Special Series in ET&C
Available NOW! An open access special series explores the impacts of global climate change on human and ecological risk assessment. The papers were a result of the SETAC workshop “The Influence of Global Climate Change on the Scientific Foundations and Applications of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.”
ET&C Receives Widespread Media Coverage
ET&C Virtual Issue
Nuclear Accidents: Chernobyl Revisited
This virtual issue on the ecological effects of radiation and hazardous materials in the environment focused on the Chernobyl accident is being published by SETAC as a freely accessible resource to inform public and private sectors on the potential impacts of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan. Read the virtual issue today.
ET&C Media Attention
ET&C article Acute toxicity, histopathology, and coagulopathy in American kestrels (Falco sparverius) following administration of the rodenticide diphacinone, has been receiving widespread media attention.
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ET&C article, 'Persistent organic pollutants in blood plasma of satellite-tracked adult male loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta),' also received widespread media attention, including coverage by The New York Times.
ET&C among Heavy Hitters in Oil Spill Citations and Papers
In a recent issue of Thomson Reuters’ ScienceWatch newsletter, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is cited as one of Top 20 journals in the special topic of Oil Spills. Read all about it at http://sciencewatch.com/ana/st/oil-spills/journals/.
IEAM Special Issue: Environmental Risk Assessment of Pharmaceuticals (ERAPharm)
The widespread detection of pharmaceuticals in the environment has raised concern about the potential impact of these bioactive substances. During the past few years, our understanding of the effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment has progressed significantly. However, there are a number of uncertainties concerning the assessment of potential exposure and the effects of pharmaceuticals on the environment that must be addressed before risks can be fully evaluated.
To further explore these uncertainties, in a special supplement to the July 2010 issue of IEAM, participants in the ERAPharm program published papers on the potential risks that drugs pose to the environment.
New Research Reveals Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Ecological and Human Health
Scientists studying the environmental impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans have revealed the ecological impact and human health risks from exposure to chemical contaminants. The findings, published in a special issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, demonstrate how Hurricane Katrina caused significant ecological damage by altering coastal chemistry and habitat.
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Wildlife Still Exposed To Exxon Valdez Oil 20 Years After Disaster
Scientists in Alaska have discovered that lingering oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill is still being ingested by wildlife more than 20 years after the disaster. The research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, uses biomarkers to reveal long-term exposure to oil in harlequin ducks and demonstrates how the consequences of oil spills are measured in decades rather than years.
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