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    Environmental Toxicology

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    Kees van Gestel, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

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    Publisher: Environmental Toxicology

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Bailey Bowers, Visiting Assistant Professor, Earlham College on 12/13/22

    Overall, the text is very comprehensive and all relevant subjects are covered. I appreciate that both the environmental aspects as well as the toxicology are given similar attention - often there is more focus on one vs. the other in textbooks... read more

    Reviewed by Sarah Commodore, Assistant Professor, Indiana University - Bloomington on 5/18/21

    Overall the topics covered in this text are broad and provide a great overview for current relevant topics such as POPs, metals, pharmaceuticals and many more. Some modules have short clips or animations that allow for more illustration of the... read more

    Reviewed by Kan Shao, Associate Professor, Indiana University - Bloomington on 5/16/21

    This textbook provides comprehensive coverage on the areas and topics of Environmental Toxicology. Unlike some other textbooks of Environmental Toxicology, which are primarily built upon textbooks of Toxicology with some additional sections on... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Chapter 1: Environmental toxicology
    • Chapter 2: Environmental Chemistry, Chemicals
    • Chapter 3: Environmental Chemistry, from Fate to Exposure
    • Chapter 4: Toxicology
    • Chapter 5: Population, Community and Ecosystem Ecotoxicology
    • Chapter 6. Risk assessment & regulation


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    About the Book

    This open online textbook on Environmental Toxicology aims at covering the field in its full width, including aspects of environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, toxicology and risk assessment. With that, it will contribute to improving the quality, continuity and transparency of the education in environmental toxicology. We also want to make sure that fundamental insights on fate and effects of chemicals gained in the past are combined with recent approaches of effect assessment and molecular analysis of mechanisms causing toxicity.

    The book consists of six chapters, with each chapter being divided into several sub-chapters to enable covering all aspects relevant to the topic. All chapters are designed in a modular way, which each module having clear training goals and being flagged with a number of keywords. Most modules have an average length of 1000-2000 words, a limited number of references, and 3-5 figures and/or tables. A few modules are enlighted with short clips, animations or movies to allow better illustration of the theory. The introduction chapter of the book, for instance, contains a short interview with two key experts reflecting on the development of the field over the past 30 years.

    The book contains tools for self-study and training, like a (limited) number of questions at the end of each module. For the future we foresee the addition of separate exercises and other tools that may help the student in understanding the theory.

    About the Contributors


    Cornelis A.M. (Kees) van Gestel is professor of Ecotoxicology of Soil Ecosystems at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He has been working on different aspects of soil ecotoxicology, including toxicity test development, bioavailability, mixture toxicity, toxicokinetics, multigeneration effects and ecosystem level effects. His main interest is in linking bioavailability and ecological effects.

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