Biological Indicators of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress (paperback)


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S. Marshall Adams, editor

656 pages

Published by American Fisheries Society, August 2002


A practical guide to the use of biocriteria for assessment of the effects of environmental stressors on aquatic ecosystems and organisms, especially fish. Written by scientists who are the best in their fields, this book provides helpful information for designing and applying bioindicators in the field to reliably assess the health of aquatic organisms and the ecosystems. This volume may be used as a manual for scientists, students, and others in a variety of disciplines and applications.

Table of Contents

Biological Indicators of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress: Introduction and Overview (S. Marshall Adams)

Biochemical Responses as Indicators of Aquatic Ecosystem Health (Daniel Schlenk and Richard T. Di Giuilo)

Molecular Biomarkers in Aquatic Organisms: DNA Damage and RNA Expression (Isaac I. Wirgin and Christopher W. Theodorakis)

Physiological and Condition-Related Indicators of Environmental Stress in Fish (Bruce A. Barton, John D. Morgan, and Mathilakath M. Vijayan)

Genetic Responses as Population-Level Biomarkers of Stress in Aquatic Ecosystems (Christopher W. Theodorakis and Isaac I. Wirgin)

Immunological Indicators of Environmental Stress and Disease Susceptibility in Fishes (Charles D. Rice and Mary R. Arkoosh)

Histopathological Biomarkers as Integrators of Anthropogenic and Environmental Stressors (Mark S. Myers and John W. Fournie)

Evaluating Stress in Fish Using Bioenergetics-Based Stressor-Response Models (Daniel W. Beyers and James A. Rice)

Reproductive Indicators of Environmental Stress in Fish (Mark S. Greeley, Jr.)

Assessing Fish Population Responses to Stress (Michael Power)

Behavioral Measures of Environmental Stressors in Fish (Edward E. Little)

Community-Level Indicators of Stress in Aquatic Ecosystems (Martin J. Attrill)

Integration of Population, Community, and Landscape Indicators for Assessing Effects of Stressors (Donald L. DeAngelis and John L. Curnutt)

Assessing Contaminant-Induced Stress Across Levels of Biological Organization (Lyndal L. Johnson and Tracy K. Collier)

Statistical Considerations in the Development, Evaluation, and Use of Biomarkers in Environmental Studies (Eric P. Smith)

Biomarkers and Bioindicators in Monitoring and Assessment: The State of the Art (Peter V. Hodson)