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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.


Wildlife Toxicology 2015 Annual Report 

Wildlife Toxicology 2014 Annual Report

Mission and purpose

The Wildlife Toxicology Advisory Group (WTAG) 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 WTAG 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 WTAG 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-Advisory Groups to encourage liaison activities between members, and facilitate interdisciplinary information exchange


The scope of WTAG 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 WTAG 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 WTAG considers wildlife toxicology in a global perspective, because wildlife do not recognize political borders (e.g., migratory species, species with broad ranges). Furthermore, WTAG 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.

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Nathalie Briels joined the group Global Advisory Groups: WildlifeToxicology.
Posted Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Elizabeth Peterson wrote on the Global Advisory Groups: WildlifeToxicology wall: We are excited to announce a special column in the journal of Current Zoology in behavioral toxicology and behavioral ecotoxicology. We are calling for the submission of papers for this special column. We welcome papers evaluating behavioral endpoints of toxicological exposure at the physiological-, organismal-, population-, ecological-, and evolutionary-levels, as well as phylogenetic and conservation approaches. Please see the Current Zoology announcement below for more information. Questions? Contact one of the guest editors for more information: Dr. John Swaddle ( or Elizabeth Peterson ( or CALL FOR PAPERS: CONSERVATION CONCERNS IN BEHAVIORAL TOXICOLOGY Website: Guest Editors: Dr. John Swaddle (, Dr. Elizabeth Peterson ( Behavioral toxicology (also known as behavioral teratology) is the study of how anthropogenic pollutants alter behavior, and is an emerging field of global importance to both conservation and public health. The disciplines of behavioral toxicology and teratology have made great strides in understanding how human pollution disrupts behavior and contributes to disease. Although great emphasis in the field of toxicology has been placed on understanding how single pollutants affect individual phenotypes, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach that includes animal behavior is essential to address how anthropogenic compounds are risk factors for species and population survival in an increasingly polluted world. This special column will address issues in behavioral toxicology using the framework of Tinbergen’s four questions to understand how pollutants affect behavior in terms of causation and mechanisms, development and ontogeny, function and fitness, as well as evolutionary history and phylogenetic patterns. The goals of this special column are to: 1) address the issue that behavioral toxicology is relevant and important when assessing the conservation and preservation of populations, 2) provide a framework for the study of the evolution of behaviors, and 3) identify areas of behavioral toxicology that require further attention to facilitate the future of behavioral toxicology as a discipline within both the behavior and toxicology fields. Deadline for title submission: September 1, 2016; Deadline for manuscript submission: November 1, 2016. Special Column Publication: April, 2017. A title should be sent to the guest editors and manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline. Manuscripts received after the deadline will be considered as submissions for regular issues. Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor will be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submitted manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they are subject to peer review and editorial revision. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Elizabeth K. Peterson Ph.D. Candidate Department of Biological Sciences University at Albany-State University of New York 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Nancy H. Golden joined the group Global Advisory Groups: WildlifeToxicology.
Posted Monday, August 15, 2016
Stephanie Plautz joined the group Global Advisory Groups: WildlifeToxicology.
Posted Friday, August 12, 2016
Naveen Kumar joined the group Global Advisory Groups: WildlifeToxicology.
Posted Tuesday, August 02, 2016
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