The ELF lab explores a range of organismal and environmental health issues. While the most fundamental research done in the lab quantifies organic contaminant concentrations, we are also strongly engaged in developing novel techniques for understanding cause and effects of stressors and environmental health. Towards this end, we employ a variety of approaches. For example, we assess fatty acids and lipid classes, determine compromises to immune function, impacts on fertility potential and measure possible genotoxicity and results of exposure to stressors. We measure organic contaminants such as organochlorines, petroleum, PCBs, flame retardants and pesticides in water, sediments, air and organisms. The organisms range from polychaete worms to whales and polar bears. The geographic range of our projects extends from the Arctic to the Caribbean, north and south and from Malalysia to Europe, west and east. One of our goals is to be able to create specific panels of biological markers to ascertain health in a wide range of species.

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