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5th Edition

Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology
The Science of Pollution, Fifth Edition

ISBN 9780815354024
Published December 30, 2019 by CRC Press
708 Pages 150 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition is revised throughout and includes new and expanded information on natural resource damage assessment, the latest emerging contaminants and issues, and adds new international coverage, including case studies and rules and regulations. The text details key environmental contaminants, explores their fates in the biosphere, and discusses bioaccumulation and the effects of contaminants at increasing levels of ecological organization. Vignettes written by experts illustrate key themes or highlight especially pertinent examples. This edition offers an instructors' solution manual, PowerPoint slides, and supplemental images.



  • Adds all new discussions of natural resource damage assessment concepts and approaches
  • Includes new vignettes written by leading guest authors
  • Draws on materials from 2,500 cited sources, including 400+ new to this edition
  • Adds numerous new entries to a useful glossary of 800+ terms
  • Includes a new appendix discussing Brazilian environmental laws and regulations added to existing appendices outlining U.S., E.U., Chinese, Australian, and Indian environmental laws

Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology: The Science of Pollution, Fifth Edition contains a broad overview of ecotoxicology and provides a basic understanding of the field. Designed as a textbook for use in introductory graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses in ecotoxicology, applied ecology, environmental pollution, and environmental science, it can also be used as a general reference for practicing environmental toxicologists.


Table of Contents




Guest Authors

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Major Classes of Contaminants

Chapter 3. Uptake, Biotransformation, Detoxification, Elimination, and Accumulation

Chapter 4. Factors Influencing Bioaccumulation

Chapter 5. Bioaccumulation from Food and Trophic Transfer

Chapter 6. Molecular Effects and Biomarkers

Chapter 7. Cells, Tissues, and Organs

Chapter 8. Sublethal Effects to Individuals

Chapter 9. Acute and Chronic Lethal Effects to Individuals

Chapter 10. Effects on Populations

Chapter 11. Effects to Communities and Ecosystems

Chapter 12. Landscape to Global Effects

Chapter 13. Risk and Damage Assessment of Contaminants

Chapter 14. Conclusions

Appendix 1. International System (SI) of Units Prefixes

Appendix 2. Miscellaneous Conversion Factors

Appendix 3. Summary of U.S. Laws and Regulations

Appendix 4. Summary of European Union Laws and Regulations

Appendix 5. Summary of Modern Environmental Laws and Regulations of China

Appendix 6. Regulation and Management of Chemicals in Australia: A 2019 Update

Appendix 7. Summary of Indian Environmental Laws and Regulations

Appendix 8. Summary of Brazilian Environmental Law and Regulations

Appendix 9. Derivation of Units for Simple Bioaccumulation Models

Appendix 10. Equations for the Estimation of Exposure

Appendix 11. Imposex status and tissue TBT and TPT concentration of the rock shell Reishia clavigera

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Mike Newman is currently the A. Marshall Acuff, Jr. Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary School of Marine Science where he also served as Dean of Graduate Studies from 1999 to 2002. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. His research interests include quantitative ecotoxicology, environmental statistics, risk assessment, population effects of contaminants, metal chemistry, bioaccumulation and biomagnification modeling, and during the last 15 years, qualities of innovative concepts and technologies that foster or inhibit their adoption by the ecotoxicology scientific community. In addition to more than 150 articles, he authored six books and edited another five on these topics. He served numerous international, national, and regional organizations including the OECD, US EPA Science Advisory Board, US EPA ECOFRAM, US EPA STAA, and the US National Academy of Science NRC. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and a Government of Kerala Scholar in Residence/Erudite Scholar. In 2004, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) awarded him its Founder’s Award, “the highest SETAC award, given to a person with an outstanding career who has made a clearly identifiable contribution in the environmental sciences.” In 2014, he was named a SETAC Fellow for “long-term and significant scientific and science policy contributions.”