Wildlife Toxicology: The Ecohealth Perspective

WIS 6421


This course provides a global assessment of toxicological stressors, including pesticides, environmental contaminants, and other emerging chemical threats, and reviews the impact on wildlife, through an ecohealth perspective. Outlines the physiological and pathological impacts of toxins in wildlife as it relates to the investigative process for wildlife forensics.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the global effects of environmental contaminants on wildlife
  • Describe the clinical and pathological manifestations of toxicity
  • Contextualize wildlife toxicology within the ecohealth perspective
  • List the classifications of synthetic & environmental contaminants
  • Discuss case studies illustrating the above objectives, including the impacts of toxins on wildlife populations, endangered species, and ecosystems
  • Describe forensic applications in wildlife toxicology
  • Apply diagnostic principles to investigations involving suspected toxin exposure
  • Apply critical thinking to case studies investigating potential toxic exposures in wildlife/ecosystems