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Publication Citation: Monitoring Contaminants in Seabirds: The Importance of Specimen Banking

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Author(s): Stacy S. Vander-Pol; Paul R. Becker;
Title: Monitoring Contaminants in Seabirds: The Importance of Specimen Banking
Published: November 13, 2007
Abstract: Historically, contaminants in seabird tissues were monitored by considering physically visible effects; however, subtle, sub-lethal effects are also important. Several long-term monitoring and specimen banking programs are in place for seabirds, and the present paper reviews recommendations for appropriate samples for banking. Current applications of specimen banking programs are discussed, including temporal comparisons (especially of emerging contaminants), comparison of analytical techniques, and development of reference materials. Recommendations for seabird tissue specimen banks include publication of available samples; standardized methods for collection, processing and storage of samples; and inclusion of information about sample collection conditions.
Citation: Marine Ornithology
Volume: 35
Pages: pp. 113 - 118
Keywords: Contaminants, biomonitoring, specimen bank, tissue bank, seabirds
Research Areas: Environment/Climate, Organic Analytical Chemistry
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