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A comprehensive examination of endocrine disrupting compounds and intersex fish in North Carolina water bodies.


July 2011 - June 2016


To address these issues and significant data gaps in North Carolina water bodies, we have developed the following aims with the goal of establishing a comprehensive understanding of the impact of EDC contaminants to fisheries in the state.

1. Develop a GIS-based map of potential sources of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) in North Carolina water bodies.
2. Conduct a statewide survey for the presence of EDCs and intersex in common fish in North Carolina water bodies.
3. Quantify seasonal dynamics of EDCs and intersex in NC water bodies and fish.
4. Conduct intensive field research and experimental bioassays on intersex fish and EDC dynamics in the Pee Dee River Basin.
5. Laboratory assessment of endocrine disruption and intersex in Pee Dee River water mixtures.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey