Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Conservation of Terrestrial Mammals

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dc.contributor.author Roberts, Eila
dc.contributor.advisor Low, Bobbi
dc.date.accessioned 2007-04-20T13:53:52Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en
dc.date.available 2007-04-20T13:53:52Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04-30
dc.date.submitted 2007-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/50492
dc.description.abstract As evidence of the threat of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) is mounting, there is a need to revise our research efforts. EDCs present a novel challenge to the evolved endocrine processes of both humans and wildlife species. Biases in past research allowed for the formation of gaps in out knowledge concerning the identity and effects of EDCs. In order to correct these biases we must employ experimental models and explore a wider range of contaminants, species, effects, and exposure regimes. Here I present an example of a well-understood experimental model that fulfills the deficiencies left by the biases: sheep. A series of experiments conducted in both female and male sheep demonstrate that exposure to steroid hormones during development can alter behavior without causing any noticeable external effects. These alterations to behavior decreased reproductive fitness compared to controls, illustrating the need for the inclusion of behavior in surveys for EDC detection. This, and other experimental models, will begin to help us explore the full range of EDC effects in both humans and wildlife species. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals en
dc.title Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Conservation of Terrestrial Mammals en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.thesisdegreename Master of Science en
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline School of Natural Resources and Environment en
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan en
dc.contributor.committeemember Lee, Theresa
dc.contributor.committeemember Foufopolous, Johannes
dc.identifier.uniqname ekroberts en
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/50492/1/EKR Thesis 04172007.doc en_US
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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