Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles, Second Edition

Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles, Second Edition

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Features

  • Focuses on the effects and residues of specific contaminant groups on amphibians and reptiles, including nonchlorinated pesticides such as organophosphorus, carbamate, and pyrethroid compounds
  • Explains specific contaminant-related problems including deformities, endocrine disruption, and declining populations
  • Addresses ecological, physiological, and distributional considerations
  • Covers organic contaminants, including chlorinated pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls and their related dioxins and furans, and metals and metalloids
  • Examines how contaminants interact with other stressors, such as disease, competition, and predation, to potentially exert greater effects than the same contaminants by themselves

Summary

Building on the success of its popular predecessor, the second edition of Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles presents newly available findings on the species that are important environmental indicators. This new edition covers nearly twice as many topics as the first, including recent developments in the ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles, the current status of these animals, and intrinsic factors that affect their susceptibility to contaminants. The book also provides the latest information on specific groups of contaminants and their effects and body burdens in herpetafauna. After a review of how contaminants interact with other ecological factors, the text explores concerns for the future.

New in the second edition:

  • New research on the effects of pesticides, heavy metals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and UVB
  • Increased focus on the effects of contaminants rather than merely reporting residue information
  • A synthesis of information on atrazine and its effects on gonads at low concentrations
  • Coverage of the potentially alarming new cadre of chemicals that have recently or are about to come on the market for which there is very little or no information
  • Important advances in surveying and monitoring

One of the major factors behind the writing of the first edition was the worldwide phenomenon of declining amphibian populations. Although this decline has not abated, the breadth of research into its causes has expanded significantly. With chapter contributors carefully selected by the team of editors as leaders in their fields, this book provides an authoritative compendium of the most recent information on effects and residues coupled with a syntheses of what these numbers mean to science and policy.

Table of Contents

Recent Advancements in Amphibian and Reptile Ecotoxicology, D.W. Sparling, G. Linder, C. Bishop, and S. Krest
Declines and the Global Status of Amphibians, R.A. Alford
The Global Status of Reptiles and Causes of Their Decline, B.D. Todd, J.D. Willson, and J.W. Gibbons
Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles in a Nutshell, G. Linder, C. Bridges Britton, and J.R. Bidwell
Physiological Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles: Natural History and Life History Attributes Framing Chemical Exposure in the Field, G. Linder, B.D. Palmer, E.E. Little, C.L. Rowe, and P.F.P. Henry
Effects of Current Use Pesticides on Amphibians, C.M. Lehman and B.K. Williams
Ecotoxicology of Pesticides in Reptiles, B.D. Pauli, S. Money, and D.W. Sparling
Atrazine in the Environment and Its Implications for Amphibians and Reptiles, C.A. Bishop, T.V. McDaniel, and S.R. de Solla
Ecotoxicology of Organic Contaminants to Amphibians, D.W. Sparling
Organic Contaminants in Reptiles, S.R. de Solla
Interdisciplinary and Hierarchical Approaches for Studying the Effects of Metals and Metalloids on Amphibians, W.A. Hopkins and C.L. Rowe
The Ecotoxicology of Metals in Reptiles, B. Grillitsch and L. Schiesari
Solar UV Radiation and Amphibians: Factors Mitigating Injury, E.E. Little and R.D. Calfee
Multiple Stressors and Indirect Food Web Effects of Contaminants on Herptofauna, R.A. Relyea
Emerging Contaminants and Their Potential Effects on Amphibians and Reptiles, L.L. McConnell and D.W. Sparling
A Decade of Deformities: Advances in Our Understanding of Amphibian Malformations and Their Implications, P.T.J. Johnson, M.K. Reeves, S.K. Krest, and A.E. Pinkney
Population Estimation Methods for Amphibians and Reptiles, L.L. Bailey and M.J. Mazerolle
Epilogue: Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles — Where Should Be We Going and How Do We Get There? G. Linder, C. Bishop, S. Krest, and D. Sparling
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