Friday, May 17, 2013
New research on the impacts of pharmaceutical pollutants in water will be presented at this year's Conference on Great Lakes Research, held June 2-6, as part of a larger session dedicated to contaminants in the Great Lakes region. The two-day session will cover a range of issues, including contaminant testing, impacts to wildlife, and pollution trends overtime.
Presentations begin on June 5 with new research on pollutants that are a longstanding problem in the Great Lakes region, including PCBs, mercury, and chemicals used in driveway sealants. Research on these legacy contaminants will focus on their concentrations, dispersal, and environmental impacts in the years after federal regulations barred their use.
Day two of the session is dedicated to pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants more recently discovered in the Great Lakes. Among the presentations is a study indicating that pharmaceutical hormones may impact the sexual development of female fish more than their male counterparts. Other presentations will introduce techniques for identifying new contaminants, discuss impacts of flame retardants on birds, and reveal changes in bacterial communities caused by a common nanomaterial.
Prior to the session, 15 researchers and students will also present findings related to new and historical contaminants during the conference poster session on June 4.
The International Association for Great Lakes Research's (IAGLR) 56th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research is sponsored by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Purdue University. The four-day program includes research sessions, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and workshops on a variety of topics. To view the entire program, visit the conference website.