Behavioural Toxicology Session at CEW Vancouver 2018

July 11, 2018

Please consider submitting your abstracts to the CEW 2018 Session List session at the Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop (CEW) in Vancouver, BC, which will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2018. The session description is as follows:

An animal’s behaviour integrates its external environment with its internal physiology. This integration can reflect the ecological fitness of the animal, particularly under changing or challenging environmental conditions. Researchers have begun to appreciate behavioural endpoints as sensitive bioindicators in contaminated environments. However, implementing behavioural endpoints in a regulatory context has remained elusive owing to a lack of standardized protocols that are suitable for compliance testing purposes. Moreover, technological advances for detecting contaminant-induced behavioural changes have led to increasing numbers of behaviours affected by contaminants in a wider range of species. Establishing criteria for choosing the most suitable species and developing standardized behavioural testing protocols for testing the most ecologically relevant endpoints remains a challenge in this field.

This session proposes to address some of the most important issues facing environmental managers today in terms of how to implement behavioural toxicological endpoints as regulatory tools. We aim to attract researchers from government, industry and academia to provide a wide range of perspectives on these challenging issues. By showcasing research that focuses on cutting-edge behavioural testing and analysis, we can initiate an important dialogue about how these techniques can improve our ability to protect potentially threatened ecosystems.