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Wildlife Toxicology Interest Group Database

Abstract

The Wildlife Toxicology Interest Group (WTIG) Database takes an inventory of research laboratories and scientists involved in the study of the effects of pollutants on wildlife (mainly mammals and birds). The Database intends to help scientists, decision makers, and society as a whole, to identify labs and scientists working on specific pollutants, animals, study sites, or scientific approaches.

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Who we are

The Wildlife Toxicology Interest Group (WTIG) is an open global forum that exists to serve as a scientific platform for Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) members, being environmental scientists and decision makers, and society as a whole, on scientific issues concerning wildlife toxicology in the broadest sense.

What we do

The mission of the WTIG is to improve and communicate the scientific outcome of research related to wildlife toxicology, promote and advance the use of non-destructive, sub-lethal, ethical and scientifically sound methods, and when possible, animal alternative models. The WTIG provides a forum to disseminate scientific outcomes to inform environmental decision making. We accomplish this mission by:

  • Serving as a neutral platform and focal point within SETAC and the larger environmental community for collaborative identification, resolution and communication of wildlife toxicology issues.
  • Stimulating critical evaluation and discussion to establish the best available practices in wildlife toxicology.
  • Providing scientific guidance and support to ensure effective environmental decision making.
  • Encouraging involvement of stakeholders (including conservation associations) in the development of the field of wildlife toxicology in order to facilitate the transfer of significant findings and management recommendations.
  • Organising sessions and workshops (or other types of fora) the annual SETAC meetings of various geographical units
  • Facilitating communication of wildlife toxicology issues through journals, articles, websites and other means.
  • Interaction with other relevant SETAC-Interest Groups to encourage liaison activities between members, and facilitate interdisciplinary information exchange.

Scope

The scope of WTIG includes all aspects of wildlife toxicology with emphasis on bridging between cross-disciplinary domains of ecology, toxicology, chemistry, landscape ecology and others. All vertebrate species are considered as wildlife species, although fish are excluded, as are domesticated and feral species. The main focus is on field-oriented studies, although it is recognized that laboratory studies are needed to complement and corroborate field-derived results. The WTIG encourages the use of results of wildlife toxicological research in environmental management and policy processes because:

  • wildlife may be specifically vulnerable to contaminants due to bioaccumulation or specific sensitivity;
  • wildlife constitute a group of environmental receptors characterized as charismatic and valued by people aesthetically (e.g., non-consumptive uses: birdwatching, ecotourism, etc.);
  • wildlife generally range at similar spatial and temporal scales as considered in management and policy decisions;
  • wildlife are a group of vertebrates that have attributes similar to humans in characterizing exposure and hazards, and may be early indicators and sentinels of broad environmental problems;
  • wildlife are a major focus of environmental risk assessment, are a valued resource with a function within the wide concept of ecosystem services and some are protected (threatened or endangered).

The WTIG considers wildlife toxicology in a global perspective, because wildlife do not recognize political borders (e.g., migratory species, species with broad ranges). Furthermore, WTIG acknowledges the fact that regulations and approaches may differ between regions, and that exchange of knowledge and information between geographical units is key for further development of this field.

What is the WTIG database

The WTIG database aims at providing environmental scientists, decision makers, and society as a whole, with information about scientists working in the area of wildlife toxicology worldwide. Any researcher in the area of wildlife toxicology can register to the WTIG database and then give information about his/her affiliation and about his/her research (scientific skills, analytical facilities in the lab, pollutants studied, biological models, study sites, etc.). Everybody can then consult the database using keywords, alone or in combination, and download the information.

Chrono-environment and the University Bourgogne - Franche-Comté

Chrono-environment ( Chrono-environnement) is a French research Department belonging to both CNRS and University of Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (UBFC). Both universities, that are engaged in a merging process, still have their own websites (Université de Bourgogne, Université de Franche-Comté). A part of its research activities deals with wildlife toxicology and the researchers involved in this scientific area, on behalf of the WTIG, have accepted to develop and maintain the WTIG database.