Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Toxicology
The Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Toxicology Research Sections at TIEHH are comprised of faculty conducting research throughout the United States and abroad. We focus on exposure to, and effects of a wide variety of stressors on wildlife and ecosystems. Our approach often integrates complimentary field and laboratory studies. We are equipped for, and have expertise in, biochemical and physiological toxicology, and collaborate extensively with other faculty at TIEHH with expertise in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, etc. Our research has been funded by a variety of sources, including the U.S. EPA, NIEHS, NSF, USDA, DoD, DoE, SERDP, and numerous private corporations. In addition to our core TIEHH scientists, we benefit from numerous strong collaborative relationships with other faculty at Texas Tech University and other universities.
Our students are integral to all our research endeavors, and are fully engaged in all field and laboratory studies. After graduation, our students enjoy exciting careers in academia, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. EPA, and private business.
Current Research Projects:
Many of our past and current projects involve the assessment of chemical exposure and effects on wildlife at Superfund Sites across the U.S. We also have international experience, including projects in Central and South America, and Australia. We work with a variety of wildlife species, including large and small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. In all cases, our primary focus is the assessment of chemical and non-chemical stressors on the health and viability of wild animals. Our group has expertise with a wide range of stressors include metals, pesticides, military-related compounds, persistent organic pollutants, and endocrine-disrupting compounds. In addition to chemical stressors, we have expertise related to assessing the effects of land use practices on wildlife, especially those associated with environments that are heavily influenced by agricultural activities.