Ecological Toxicology: Physiology
This is an in-depth course in biology and environmental science that is aimed at those who wish to supplement and deepen their knowledge in ecotoxicology mainly at cellular and individual level but it also covers some aspects at molecular and population level as well. It is an experimental course and intends to provide insight into various ecotoxicological tests, including such used for monitoring the environment. The course is aimed at both the aquatic and the terrestrial environment.
The course deals with toxicological and ecotoxicological principles, measurement methods, effects and mechanisms of action with an emphasis on the individual level, as well as testing for sublethal toxic effects such as changes in growth, reproduction and tissue damage. The course also addresses toxic effects at the suborganism level. It includes studies of changes in gene expression such as enzymes and metabolites and associated functions and regulation. The intention is to provide knowledge about the molecular mechanisms of toxic substances. Effects at the superorganism level include changes in phenotype and genotype, as well as physiological fitness of the individuals in a population. The course is experimental and intends to provide insight into various ecotoxicological tests, including such tests that are used for monitoring the environment. The course is aimed at both aquatic and terrestrial environment. The course will also provide an orientation on the sources of environmental toxins, transport, distribution, degradation and final destination in the environment.