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NHEERL Authors Receive SETAC “Best Paper” Award

NHEERL Mid-Continent Ecology Division (MED) researchers Matt Etterson and Rick Bennett received an Honorable Mention Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) for a “Best Paper” published in the journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) in October 2013. In their paper, “Quantifying the Effects of Pesticide Exposure on Annual Reproductive Success of Birds,” the authors describe the MCnest model and show how it can be used to simulate adverse reproductive effects on free-ranging bird populations using the results of laboratory toxicity tests. They show how the method goes beyond traditional risk quotient approaches to quantify the magnitude of risk under different exposure conditions. They also show how different life-history attributes, such as timing of breeding, and species’ typical diets, contribute to vulnerability to adverse reproductive effects of pesticide exposure. This work also was featured in a podcast the authors were invited to create for IEAM, which is available on the journal Web site (http://www.setac.org). MCnest (http://www.epa.gov/med/Prods_Pubs/mcnest.htm) is a tool that was designed for and is being used by EPA risk assessors to quantify the risk of pesticides to birds.

Citation: Etterson, M.A. and R.S. Bennett. 2013. Quantifying the effects of pesticide exposure on annual reproductive success of birds. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 9:590-599.

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