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Year-round presence of neonicotinoid insecticides in tributaries to the Great Lakes, USA

To better characterize the transport of neonicotinoid insecticides to the world's largest freshwater ecosystem, monthly samples (October 2015–September 2016) were collected from 10 major tributaries to the Great Lakes, USA. For the monthly tributary samples, neonicotinoids were detected in every month sampled and five of the six target...

Hladik, Michelle; Corsi, Steven R.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Baldwin, Austin K.; Blackwell, Brett R.; Cavallin, Jenna E.
Hladik, M.L., Corsi, S.R., Kolpin, D.W., Baldwin, A.K., Blackwell, B.R., Cavallin, J.E., 2018, Perennial presence of neonicotinoid insecticides in tributaries to The Great Lakes, USA, Env. Pollut.

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Regional variability of nitrate fluxes in the unsaturated zone and groundwater, Wisconsin, USA

Process-based modeling of regional NO3− fluxes to groundwater is critical for understanding and managing water quality, but the complexity of NO3− reactive transport processes make implementation a challenge. This study introduces a regional vertical flux method (VFM) for efficient estimation of reactive transport of NO3− in the vadose zone and...

Green, Christopher T.; Liao, Lixia; Nolan, Bernard T.; Juckem, Paul F.; Shope, Christopher L.; Tesoriero, Anthony J.; Jurgens, Bryant C.
Green, C. T., Liao, L., Nolan, B. T., Juckem, P. F., Shope, C. L., Tesoriero, A. J., & Jurgens, B. C. (2018). Regional variability of nitrate fluxes in the unsaturated zone and groundwater, Wisconsin, USA. Water Resources Research, 54. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR022012

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Assessing intrinsic and specific vulnerability models ability to indicate groundwater vulnerability to groups of similar pesticides: A comparative study

With continued population growth and increasing use of fresh groundwater resources, protection of this valuable resource is critical. A cost effective means to assess risk of groundwater contamination potential will provide a useful tool to protect these resources. Integrating geospatial methods offers a means to quantify the risk of contaminant...

Douglas, Steven H.; Dixon, Barnali; Griffin, Dale W.
Douglas, S.H, Dixon, Barnali, and Griffin, Dale, 2018, Assessing intrinsic and specific vulnerability models ability to indicate groundwater vulnerability to groups of similar pesticides: a comparative study: Physical Geography, pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723646.2017.1406300

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Biomarker responses of Peromyscus leucopus exposed to lead and cadmium in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District

Biomarker responses and histopathological lesions have been documented in laboratory mammals exposed to elevated concentrations of lead and cadmium. The exposure of white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) to these metals and the potential associated toxic effects were examined at three contaminated sites in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining...

Beyer, W. Nelson; Casteel, Stan W.; Friedrichs, Kristen R.; Gramlich, Eric; Houseright, Ruth A.; Nichols, John W.; Karouna-Renier, Natalie K.; Kim, Dae Young; Rangen, Kathleen; Rattner, Barnett A.; Schultz, Sandra L.
Beyer, W. N., Casteekm , S.W., Friedrichs, K. R., Gramlich, E., Houseright, R. A., Nichols, J. R., Karouna-Renier, N. K., Kim, D. Y., Rangen, K. L., Rattner, B. A., and Schultz, S. L., 2018, Biomarker responses of Peromyscus leucopus exposed to lead and cadmium in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, v. 190, Article104, 16p. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-017-6442-0

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Contaminant-associated health effects in fishes from the Ottawa and Ashtabula Rivers, Ohio

The health of resident fishes serves as a biologically relevant barometer of aquatic ecosystem integrity. Here, the health of the Ottawa River and Ashtabula River (both within the Lake Erie Basin) were assessed using morphological and immunological biomarkers in brown bullheads (Ameiurus nebulosus) and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides)....

Iwanowicz, Luke R.; Blazer, Vicki S.; Walsh, Heather L.; Shaw, Cassidy H.; DeVault, David S.; Banda, Jo A.
Iwanowicz, L.R., V. S. Blazer, H.L. Walsh, C.H. Shaw, D.S. DeVault and J.A. Banda (2018) Contaminant-Associated Health Effects in Fishes from the Ottawa and Ashtabula Rivers, Ohio Journal of Great Lakes Research. 44(1); 184 - 196.

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Modulators of mercury risk to wildlife and humans in the context of rapid global change

Environmental mercury (Hg) contamination is an urgent global health threat. The complexity of Hg in the environment can hinder accurate determination of ecological and human health risks, particularly within the context of the rapid global changes that are altering many ecological processes, socioeconomic patterns, and other factors like...

Eagles-Smith, Collin A.; Silbergeld, Ellen K.; Basu, Niladri; Bustamante, Paco; Diaz-Barriga, Fernando; Hopkins, William A.; Kidd, Karen A.; Nyland, Jennifer F.
Eagles-Smith, C.A., Silbergeld, E.K., Basu, N., Bustamante, P., Diaz-Barriga, F., Hopkins, W.A., Nyland, J.F., 2018, Modulators of mercury risk to wildlife and humans in the context of rapid global change: Ambio, p. online, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-017-1011-x.

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Use of real-time dust monitoring and surface condition to evaluate success of unpaved road treatments

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Kunz, Bethany K.; Green, Nicholas S.; Albers, Janice L.; Wildhaber, Mark L.; Little, Edward E.
Kunz​, B., Green​, N., Albers, J., Wildhaber, M., and Little, E., 2018, ​Use of Real-Time Dust Monitoring and Surface Condition to Evaluate Success of Unpaved Road Treatments​, in Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, 97th, Washington, DC. Transportation Research Board, p. 18-06624

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Use of real-time dust monitoring and surface condition to evaluate success of unpaved road treatments

Fugitive dust from unpaved roads creates human health hazards, degrades road surfaces, and increases the cost of road maintenance. As a result, many different chemical treatments are applied to unpaved roads in an attempt to control dust and stabilize the wearing course. However, investigations of the effectiveness of these treatments have often...

Kunz, Bethany K.; Green, Nicholas S.; Albers, Janice L.; Wildhaber, Mark L.; Little, Edward E.

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Aluminum bioavailability and toxicity to aquatic organisms: Introduction to the special section

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Adams, William J.; Cardwell, Allison S.; DeForest, David K.; Gensemer, Robert W.; Santore, Robert C.; Wang, Ning; Nordheim, Eirik
Adams, W.J., Cardwell, A.S., DeForest, D.K., Gensemer, R.W., Santore, R.C., Wang, N., and Nordheim, E., 2018, Editorial: Aluminum bioavailability and toxicity to aquatic organisms: Introduction to the special section: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, v. 37, no. 1, p. 34-35

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Anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity to non-target wildlife under controlled exposure conditions

Much of our understanding of anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity to non-target wildlife has been derived from molecular through whole animal research and registration studies in domesticated birds and mammals, and to a lesser degree from trials with captive wildlife. Using these data, an adverse outcome pathway identifying molecular initiating and...

van den Brink, Nico; Elliott, J.; Shore, R.; Rattner, B.; Rattner, Barnett A.; Mastrota, F. Nicholas
Rattner, B.A. and Mastrota, F.N., 2017, Anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity to non-target wildlife under controlled exposure conditions, in van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., editors, Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Wildlife: Springer, Cham, Emerging Topics in Ecotoxicology (Principles, Approaches and Perspectives) 5, p. 45-86.

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Anticoagulant rodenticides and wildlife: Concluding remarks

Rodents are known to affect human society globally in various adverse ways, resulting in a widespread demand for their continuous control. Anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) have been, and currently remain, the cornerstone of rodent control throughout the world. Although alternative control methods exist, they are generally less effective. ARs work...

van den Brink, Nico W.; Elliott, John E.; Shore, Richard F.; Rattner, Barnett A.
van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., 2017, Anticoagulant rodenticides and wildlife: Concluding remarks, in van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., editors, Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Wildlife: Cham, Springer, Emerging Topics in Ecotoxicology (Principles, Approaches and Perspectives) 5, p. 379-386.

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Anticoagulant rodenticides and wildlife: Introduction

Rodents have interacted with people since the beginning of systematic food storage by humans in the early Neolithic era. Such interactions have had adverse outcomes such as threats to human health, spoiling and consumption of food sources, damage to human infrastructure and detrimental effects on indigenous island wildlife (through inadvertent...

van den Brink, Nico W.; Elliott, John E.; Shore, Richard F.; Rattner, Barnett A.; van den Brink, Nico W.; Elliott, John E.; Shore, Richard F.; Rattner, Barnett A.
van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., 2017, Anticoagulant rodenticides and wildlife: Introduction, in van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., editors, Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Wildlife: Springer, Cham, Emerging Topics in Ecotoxicology (Principles, Approaches and Perspectives) 5, p. 1-9.