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Chair
Nico van den Brink

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Mission

The Wildlife Toxicology Interest Group (WTIG) is an open global forum that exists to serve as a scientific platform for SETAC members, being environmental scientists and decision makers, and society as a whole, on scientific issues concerning wildlife toxicology in the broadest sense. The mission of the WTIG is to improve and communicate the scientific outcome of research related to wildlife toxicology, promote and advance the use of non-destructive, sub-lethal, ethical and scientifically sound methods, and when possible, animal alternative models. The WTIG provides a forum to disseminate scientific outcomes to inform environmental decision making. We accomplish this mission by:

· Serving as a neutral platform and focal point within SETAC and the larger environmental community for collaborative identification, resolution and communication of wildlife toxicology issues

· Stimulating critical evaluation and discussion to establish the best available practices in wildlife toxicology

· Providing scientific guidance and support to ensure effective environmental decision making

· Encouraging involvement of stakeholders (including conservation associations) in the development of the field of wildlife toxicology in order to facilitate the transfer of significant findings and management recommendations.

· Organising sessions and workshops (or other types of fora) at annual SETAC meetings of various geographical units

· Facilitating communication of wildlife toxicology issues through journals, articles, websites and other means

· Interaction with other relevant SETAC-Interest Groups to encourage liaison activities between members, and facilitate interdisciplinary information exchange

Scope

The scope of WTIG includes all aspects of wildlife toxicology with emphasis on bridging between cross-disciplinary domains of ecology, toxicology, chemistry, landscape ecology and others. All vertebrate species are considered as wildlife species, although fish are excluded, as are domesticated and feral species. The main focus is on field-oriented studies, although it is recognized that laboratory studies are needed to complement and corroborate field-derived results.

The WTIG encourages the use of results of wildlife toxicological research in environmental management and policy processes because: 1) wildlife may be specifically vulnerable to contaminants due to bioaccumulation or specific sensitivity, 2) wildlife constitute a group of environmental receptors characterized as charismatic and valued by people aesthetically (e.g., non-consumptive uses: birdwatching, ecotourism, etc.), 3) wildlife generally range at similar spatial and temporal scales as considered in management and policy decisions, 4) wildlife are a group of vertebrates that have attributes similar to humans in characterizing exposure and hazards, and may be early indicators and sentinels of broad environmental problems, 5) wildlife are a major focus of environmental risk assessment, are a valued resource with a function within the wide concept of ecosystem services and some are protected (threatened or endangered).

The WTIG considers wildlife toxicology in a global perspective, because wildlife do not recognize political borders (e.g., migratory species, species with broad ranges). Furthermore, WTIG acknowledges the fact that regulations and approaches may differ between regions, and that exchange of knowledge and information between geographical units is key for further development of this field.

Steering Committee

Name

Sector

Country

Term

Nico van der Brink

 Academia

Netherlands

 

John Elliott

Government

Canada

 

Kim Fernie

Government

Canada

 

Derek Muir

Government

Canada

 

Barnett Rattner

Government

US

 

Mark Johnson

Government

US

 

Richard Shore

Government

UK

 

Clémentine Fritsch

Academia

France

 

Rafael Mateo

Academia

Spain

 

Renaud Scheifler

Academia

France

 

Goals

Sponsor sessions at the SETAC North America major geographic unit annual meeting.

Operations

  • The IG Steering Committee holds periodic conference calls.
  • The IG typically holds one or two formal meeting per year at the SETAC major geographic unit annual meetings.
  • Please contact the chair for further information.

Useful Information

For  wildlife toxicology-oriented web sites and databases please check the Whole Wildlife Toxicology Catalog. It contains links to webpages that will be of value to scientists, regulators, and natural resource managers. http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/wwtc/

Annual Reports

Wildlife Toxicology 2016 Annual Report

Wildlife Toxicology 2015 Annual Report

Wildlife Toxicology 2014 Annual Report


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