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Mammals and Birds as Bioindicators of Trace Element Contaminations in Terrestrial Environments

An Ecotoxicological Assessment of the Northern Hemisphere

  • Elżbieta Kalisińska
  • Contains a comprehensive study on the possible use of mammals and birds in the bioindication in terrestrial environments

  • Provides essential reading for anyone interested in ecotoxicological assessment and in the potential use of bioindicator organisms as monitors

  • Describes the responses of bioindicator organisms most commonly used in ecotoxicological studies to 17 trace elements?


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

  3. Selected Trace Elements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Tadeusz Kośla, Iwona Lasocka, Marta Kołnierzak
      Pages 57-124
    3. Natalia Łanocha-Arendarczyk, Danuta I. Kosik-Bogacka
      Pages 125-161
    4. Bogumiła Pilarczyk, Agnieszka Tomza-Marciniak, Renata Pilarczyk, Andrzej Marciniak, Małgorzata Bąkowska, Jan Udała
      Pages 163-180
    5. Danuta Kosik-Bogacka, Natalia Łanocha-Arendarczyk, Elżbieta Kalisińska, Karolina Kot, Danuta Czernomysy-Furowicz, Bogumiła Pilarczyk et al.
      Pages 181-212
    6. Elżbieta Kalisińska, Halina Budis
      Pages 213-246
    7. Tadeusz Kośla, Michał Skibniewski, Ewa M. Skibniewska, Iwona Lasocka, Marta Kołnierzak
      Pages 247-279
    8. Łukasz J. Binkowski
      Pages 281-299
    9. Bogumiła Pilarczyk, Agnieszka Tomza-Marciniak, Renata Pilarczyk, Andrzej Marciniak, Małgorzata Bąkowska, Ewa Nowakowska
      Pages 301-362
    10. Danuta I. Kosik-Bogacka, Natalia Łanocha-Arendarczyk
      Pages 363-411
    11. Ewa Skibniewska, Michał Skibniewski
      Pages 413-462
    12. Łukasz J. Binkowski
      Pages 463-481
    13. Agnieszka Tomza-Marciniak, Bogumiła Pilarczyk, Andrzej Marciniak, Jan Udała, Małgorzata Bąkowska, Renata Pilarczyk
      Pages 483-532
    14. Izabela Gutowska, Monika Rać, Dariusz Chlubek
      Pages 533-561
    15. Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka, Jan Korbecki, Mariola Marchlewicz
      Pages 563-592
    16. Elżbieta Kalisińska, Natalia Łanocha-Arendarczyk, Danuta I. Kosik-Bogacka
      Pages 593-653

About this book


The population explosion that began in the 1960s has been accompanied by a decrease in the quality of the natural environment, e.g. pollution of the air, water and soil with essential and toxic trace elements. Numerous poisonings of people and animals with highly toxic anthropogenic Hg and Cd in the 20th century prompted the creation of the abiotic environment, mainly in developed countries. However, the system is insufficient for long-term exposure to low concentrations of various substances that are mainly ingested through food and water. This problem could be addressed by the monitoring of sentinels – organisms that accumulate trace elements and as such reflect the rate and degree of environmental pollution. Usually these are long-lived vertebrates – herbivorous, omnivorous and carnivorous birds and mammals, especially game species. This book describes the responses of the sentinels most commonly used in ecotoxicological studies to 17 trace elements.


Bioindication Biomonitoring Birds Ecotoxicology Terrestrial Habitats Trace Elements terrestrial pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Elżbieta Kalisińska
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Medical ParasitologyPomeranian Medical UniversitySzczecinPoland

About the editors

Elżbieta Kalisińska is Head of the Department of Biology and Medical Parasitology at the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, following her tenure as Head of the Department of Zoology at the Agricultural University in Szczecin. She received her Master’s degree in Environmental Biology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan in 1978, after which she pursued and completed PhDs in both Animal Biology and Zoology. Her main areas of interest include zoology (allometry, animal ecology), environmental protection, parasitology, and especially ecotoxicology. For years she has collaborated with Polish and international researchers in these areas, and has spearheaded several major ecotoxicological projects.

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