14th Int. Conference on Environmental Bioindicators

14th Int. Conference on Environmental Bioindicators

Modern Canaries in the Mineshaft: New Journal Covers the Science of Bioindicators


Source: 14th Int. Conference on Environmental Bioindicators

From canaries in the mineshaft to frogs on mountain tops, humans have monitored the health of their environment by following the clues of other living things. In recent years the science of bioindicators has emerged as a key to understanding our environment.

Environmental Bioindicators, a new international journal from Taylor & Francis, captures the science and policies behind these biological systems that shed light on our environment. The journal will be launched in time for the 14th International Conference on Environmental Bioindicators in April 2006, an event that also will mark the formation of the International Society of Environmental Bioindicators (ISEBI).

"In recent years, the emphasis on the use of environmental bioindicators including biomarkers has accelerated," say the editors-in-chief of the journal, James Newman of Pandion Systems and Edward Zillioux of Florida Power & Light Co. and the University of Massachusetts. "Environmental Bioindicators seeks to explore the scientific bases and uses of bioindicators and biomarkers of environmental stressors."

The inaugural issue of the journal highlights important examples of bioindicators and biomarkers being used today. Published quarterly, the journal will publish peer-reviewed papers on bioindicators and biomarkers that relate directly to specific measurable effects in ecological (including floral, faunal, and landscape) and human populations brought on by exposure to environmental stressors.

Each issue will contain original peer-reviewed research, reports of innovative applications of bioindicators, discussions of regulatory policy, and current news in the field. The goal is to include discussion of bioindicators from all levels of biological organization, including genes, molecules, individual organisms, wildlife and human populations, as well as indicators of large-scale and long-term change at ecosystem and landscape levels.

"There is an obvious need for the work on environmental bioindicators and biomarkers to have a place for academic and professional discussion, review and development. It is our intent that this journal will fill that need," say Newman and Zillioux.

The 14th International Conference on Environmental Bioindicators and the Annual Meeting of the newly formed International Society for Environmental Bioindicators (ISEBI) will bring together academic, federal, state, and commercial researchers and other professionals who use bioindicators to measure the effects of contaminants and human disturbance of the environment. The conference will be held April 23-26, 2006, in Linthicum, Maryland. Roundtables will focus on Mercury and Coral Reefs as bioindicators, and keynote speakers will include Anne Fairbrother and Peter Preuss of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Osmo Hänninen of the University of Kuopio, Finland, and Robin O'Malley of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. In addition, there will be a roundtable discussion on the policy relevance of bioindicators chaired by Dr. Micheal Slimak of USEPA. This roundtable will look into the use of bioindicators in governmental decision making regarding environmental contamination and disruption.

Attendees at this year's meeting are eligible to become charter members of the newly formed International Society of Environmental Bioindicators (ISEBI) at a reduced rate. They will also receive a full year subscription to the Environmental Bioindicators journal.

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Environmental Bioindicators

Volume 1, Number 1
January - March 2006

* James R. Newman and Edward J. Zillioux

The Cover Story
*E. Zillioux, J. Newman, J. Bohác, J. Burger, D. Evers, T. Lange, P. Larkin, T. Mrak, P. Sammarco, and J. Wheaton

Bioindicators: Types, Development, and Use in Ecological Assessment and Research
* Joanna Burger

Utilizing Molecular Technologies for Bioindicator Research
* Nancy D. Denslow and Patrick. Larkin

Biomarkers, Bioindicators, and Ecological Risk Assessment:A Brief Review and Evaluation
* Steven M. Bartell

The Need for Ecological Information and the Use of Bioindicators in US Federal Regulatory Agencies
* Ellen Natesan and Michael Slimak

Effects of Dietary Selenium and Mercury on House Crickets (Acheta domesticus L.): Implications of Envitonmental Co-exposures
* Carla R. Ralston, J. Lloyd Blackwell, III and Nicholas V.C. Ralston

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