The biological impacts of plasticizers on wildlife

Think plastics and plasticizers only have a health effect on people? It turns out that phthalates and other endocrine disrupters are having an effect on wildlife too.  Let's read this article together and learn about the many classes of animals affected by this problem.

This meeting we will read and discuss:

Oehlmann, J., Schulte-Oehlmann, U., Kloas, W., Jagnytsch, O., Lutz, I., Kusk, K. O., ... & Tyler, C. R. (2009). A critical analysis of the biological impacts of plasticizers on wildlife. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 364(1526), 2047-2062.

The article is available for free online here.

*Tip: try clicking on the PDF link on the righthand side of the webpage. You'll get to see a version of the article that is printer-friendly and easier on the eyes.

As usual, we will meet to discuss the article book-club style.  We'll talk about the research, the writing, the science, and the policy implications -- we'll go wherever the discussion leads.  To help us start the discussion, I'll have a list of questions to get us thinking.

I look forward to seeing you!


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  • Patrick C.

    Thanks for choosing this article, Erica. I'm looking forward to our meeting on Thurs.

    October 5, 2013

  • Erica

    As a note -- there is free street parking in the vicinity of Overflow Coffee Bar in the South Loop. It is a 4 block walk from the Roosevelt stop on the Red, Orange, and Green lines. Hope to see you there!

    September 25, 2013

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