Biomonitoring: Closing the Loop in the Environmental Sciences

  • Edwin E. Herricks
  • David J. Schaeffer
  • James A. Perry
Part of the Springer Advanced Text in Life Sciences book series (SATLIFE)


For the purposes of this chapter we define biomonitoring as the analysis of the performance of living systems structured to provide essential information for decision making. Although some form of biomonitoring has been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years (Herricks and Schaeffer 1984), a cohesive approach to the design and use of biomonitoring programs is a recent development. This chapter discusses biomonitoring programs, emphasizing program designs that coordinate data collection and facilitate information retrieval. We highlight the role of biomonitoring in the context of environmental management and regulation. We suggest that both control theory and decision science can be used to refine biomonitoring programs to optimize the use of data in the environmental sciences, management, and regulation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edwin E. Herricks
    • 1
  • David J. Schaeffer
    • 2
  • James A. Perry
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary BiosciencesUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Forest ResourcesUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA

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