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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:
as a neutral platform and focal point within SETAC and the larger environmental
community for collaborative identification, resolution and communication of wildlife
critical evaluation and discussion to establish the best available practices in
scientific guidance and support to ensure effective environmental decision
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.
sessions and workshops (or other types of fora) at annual SETAC meetings of various
communication of wildlife toxicology issues through journals, articles,
websites and other means
with other relevant SETAC-Interest Groups to encourage liaison activities
between members, and facilitate interdisciplinary information exchange
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.
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).
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
Sponsor sessions at the SETAC North America major geographic unit annual meeting.
- 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.
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/
who-is-who within the Wildlife Toxicology arena direcory developed by wildlife toxicologists University of Franche Comté. Link forthcoming.
Wildlife Toxicology 2016 Annual Report
Wildlife Toxicology 2015 Annual Report
Wildlife Toxicology 2014 Annual Report