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Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Third Editionby Michael C. Newman
Synopses & Reviews
Each year ecotoxicological problems become increasingly complex and encompass broader spatial and temporal scales. Our practical understanding must evolve accordingly to maintain an acceptable quality of life. Fully revised and expanded to reflect new developments, the third edition of Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology provides a broad overview of the field that ranges from molecular to global issues.
New in the third edition:
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. It also covers regulatory aspects of the field and discusses key Australian, U.S., European, and Chinese legislation and policies. Vignettes written by experts illustrate key themes or highlight especially pertinent examples. Instructors can present the core concepts of each chapter and use the vignettes for student-lead discussions.
The time has passed when it was sufficient for the ecotoxicologist to focus only on new human toxicants as they appear and then explore how they impact nonhuman species. Keeping this in mind, the textbook extends the discussion of ecotoxicants beyond the conventional ecosystem to include landscape, regional, and biospheric topics. This extension imparts a perspective as encompassing as the problems facing us today.
Book News Annotation:
Newman (marine science, College of William and Mary) provides a third edition of his extensive overview of the field of ecotoxicology. New to the third edition of this textbook are a revised chapter on contaminant types and sources, more integration of contaminant sources and fate, numerous illustrations and graphics with an eight-page color insert, new vignettes by international experts, and appendices describing related legislation in the European Union, the United States, China, and Australia. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Fully revised to reflect new developments, the new edition of this renown text details key environmental contaminants, explores their gate and cycling in the biosphere, and discusses bioaccumulation and the effects of contaminants at increasing levels of ecological organization. It also covers regulatory aspects of the field and discusses key U.S., European, and Chinese legislation and policy. It provides new study questions, a detailed glossary, and new international case studies by leading world-known experts. This text is designed to complement the author's graduate-level book, Ecotoxicology: A Comprehensive Treatment.
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