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Assessment of General and Reproductive Health of Fishes at Select Sites


May 2010 - December 2012


Protect the Great Lakes ecosystem health against future threats. Emerging contaminants must be better understood with respect to source, routes of exposure, and impacts to fish and wildlife and their habitats. Early detection of emerging contaminants in the Great Lakes will allow control, elimination, or resource management actions to be implemented before significant effects occur.

1) Measure the concentration of emerging contaminants in natural resources located in the Great Lakes.
2) Evaluate the toxicity of emerging contaminants to fish and wildlife resources.
3) Relate environmental concentrations of emerging contaminants to toxicity values and effects to fish and wildlife resources.
4) Evaluate the source, pathway, and effects of these contaminants to fish and wildlife resources (e.g bioaccumulate through the foodweb).
5) Recommend controls/regulations or resource management actions to prevent or reduce adverse impacts to fish and wildlife resources in the future
6) Collaborate with other Federal agencies (EPA, NOAA, USGS, etc.) involved in the program to coordinate research to ensure efficient and effective use of funding.
7) Establish a bibliographic database resulting from the literature search.
Establish a database for collecting pilot project and future study information that is GIS-based


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



Funding Agencies

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey