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Environmental Toxicology

An introduction to library materials for students of environmental toxicology.


Welcome to the Environmental Toxicology Subject Guide!

Environmental toxicology, also known as entox, is a multidisciplinary field of science concerned with the study of the harmful effects of various chemical, biological and physical agents on living organisms.

This guide will help point out some useful resources available to you that can assist you in doing your research.


This course provides an understanding of how and why chemicals may damage humans and other organisms. A basic understanding of principles of toxicology and environmental chemical exposure (i.e., ecotoxicology) is presented, followed by detailed analysis of the physiological and/or biochemical mechanisms by which toxicants cause effects, and of the body’s defenses against toxicants. Toxicological modeling and environmental risk assessment are introduced. Objective research from the relevant scientific literature will be studied to highlight topics of study and demonstrate case studies.

Library Presentation

The PowerPoint attached here is the file used for the in class presentation.

Two sample review papers that you can examine are:

  • Wong CS and MacLeod SL (2009) JEM Spotlight:  Recent advances in analysis of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment.  Journal of Environmental Monitoring 11, 923-936.  DOI:10.1039/b819464e (official word count = 9256)
  • Lehmler H-J, Harrad SJ, Huenerfuss H, Kania-Korwel I, Lee CM, Lu Z, Wong CS (2010) Chiral polychlorinated biphenyl transport, metabolism, and distribution:  A review.  Environmental Science & Technology 44, 2757-2766.  DOI:10.1021/es902208u (official word count = 7,992)

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