Special Issue "Emerging Contaminants in Wildlife Toxicology"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

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Dr. Ronald J. Kendall
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Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory, Texas Tech University at Lubbock, Lubbock, USA
Interests: fisheries; environmental science; ecological indicators; pollution; public health
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lacher
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Guest Editor
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at TexasA&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
Interests: conservation biology; tropical ecology; conservation planning; biodiversity
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Dear Colleagues,

The field of wildlife toxicology continues to evolve with more emphasis on emerging contaminants as we continue to learn more about the sensitivity and effects on certain species of wildlife that are exposed to environmental contaminants. This special issue will address emerging environmental contaminants in wildlife toxicology and will consider a variety of species in different parts of the world as related to impacts of contaminants. As we continue to learn more about the effects of environmental contaminants on various species in wildlife around the world, the issue of emerging environmental contaminants will continue to challenge scientists to better understand the role of such contamination to wildlife health and biodiversity.

Dr. Ronald J. Kendall
Prof. Dr. Thomas E. Lacher Jr.
Guest Editors

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  • wildlife
  • wildlife toxicology
  • emerging contaminants
  • wildlife ecotoxicology
  • wildlife science
  • biodiversity
  • sustainability

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Seasonal Emergence and Historical Contaminant Exposure of Cave Myotis (Myotis velifer) in Central Texas and Current Status of the Population
Environments 2019, 6(12), 121; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments6120121 - 20 Nov 2019
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We examined the emergence patterns of Myotis velifer in central Texas in 2000 and assessed exposure to pesticide residues. We collected and analyzed guano from three caves for pesticide residues. In addition, bat carcasses were sampled from an active colony of cave myotis [...] Read more.
We examined the emergence patterns of Myotis velifer in central Texas in 2000 and assessed exposure to pesticide residues. We collected and analyzed guano from three caves for pesticide residues. In addition, bat carcasses were sampled from an active colony of cave myotis (Myotis velifer) in Shell Mountain. Organochlorine residue concentrations were highest in guano from the Egypt and Tippit Caves, whereas organophosphate concentrations were highest in Shell Mountain guano. Residue concentrations of organochlorines and metals in guano and carcasses collected from the three caves are considered low and probably of no biological concern. The study was one of very few to demonstrate the presence of OPs, including 18 different detectable compounds in the two most recent samples of bat guano. Comparisons between spring and fall guano samples from Shell Mountain suggest that HCB (hexachlorobenzene), total chlordanes, dieldrin, endrin, endosulfan II, p,p’-DDE (Dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl) ethylene), and o,p’-DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) accumulated while bats were absent from the caves at Fort Hood. Lindane appeared to be the only chemical that increased while the bats were present at the site. Organochlorine concentrations in carcasses were generally lowest in lactating females and higher in nursing juveniles. The pattern of emergence coincides with the peak of agricultural activities, therefore, bats forage at a time when the insect pests are most abundant, but also potential to exposure to agricultural chemicals is highest. The current status of the population, however, remains stable in spite of the history of exposure. Full article
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