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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, global warming, and reproductive health in fishes


April 2016 - April 2018


Environmental stressors such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and globally rising temperatures can impact gonadal sex and gamete production in vertebrates. While data from our laboratories and others suggest that the action of these stressors in teleost fishes can be mediated by disruption of thyroid hormone, stress hormone and melatonin production pathways, the physiological-molecular mechanisms of these pathways and their interaction with the classical hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis are not well understood. As part of this pilot study, we will gather available information on effects of EDCs and thermal stress on thyroid and melatonin signaling in teleosts. The information generated will be used to develop "white papers" for publication as review articles, and to develop grant proposals to pursue original research. Results of this project are relevant to an assessment of the impacts of EDCs and global warming on reproductive health of wild fishes. In addition, a better understanding of environmental stressor effects on sex differentiation and gametogenesis may bring new options for improving current aquaculture technologies.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Patiño, R. Sex determination, gonadal sex differentiation, and sex control in Channel Catfish. Pages xx-yy in Sex Control In Aquaculture (Wang, H., Piferrer, F., eds.), Wiley.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 7

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 36

Scientific Publications: 82

Presentations: 165



Funding Agencies

  • FAPEPS/Texas Tech University


Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute