Topic: Modeling Ecotoxicological Dynamics Subject to Stoichiometric Constraints
Meeting dates: January 17-19, 2018
Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Objectives: Accurately assessing the risks of contaminants requires more than an understanding of the effects of contaminants on individual organisms, but requires further understanding of complex ecological interactions, elemental cycling, and interactive effects of natural and contaminant stressors. There is increasing evidence that organisms experience interactive effects of contaminant stressors and food conditions, such as resource stoichiometry and nutrient availability. The development of ecotoxicological models over the last few decades have significantly contributed to interpreting how contaminants impact organisms and cycle through food webs. Existing modeling efforts take a variety of approaches to predict the effects of diverse chemical contaminants on organismal growth and survival; however, current models do not consider dynamical interactive effects of contaminant stressors and stoichiometric constraints, such as nutrient/light availability and food quality. This investigative workshop provided a forum for discussions of incorporating multiple essential elements and contaminants in ecotoxicological models. Discussions and breakout sessions throughout the workshop shed light on nutrient and chemical contaminant cycling with the aim of helping to improve toxicological risk assessment protocols. The objectives for the workshop included:
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Presentations were available for viewing via live streaming during the workshop. A live chat took place via Twitter with the hashtag #ecotoxWS.
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