Ecotoxicology

(Course Code: 120KEY, Course outline)

Semester: 6 Teaching Credits: 3 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:
Optional Compulsory
Prerequisite Courses: Chemistry Course type: Special background Instructor:
  • Define and describe basic concepts in Ecotoxicology
  • Examine emerging environmental issues
  • Discuss and develop insight into the following terms and concepts as they relate to ecotoxicology: pollutants, fate and transport of pollutants in the environment, air, water and soil pollution, toxicology, effects in human organisms, ecotoxicological tests, risk assessment.
  • Develop an understanding of the behavior and movement of contaminants in air, water and soil
Topics per Week:
  1. Introduction to Ecotoxicology
  2. Environmental pollutants
  3. Fate and transport
  4. Atmospheric pollution
  5. Water pollution
  6. Soil pollution
  7. From Toxicology to Ecotoxicology
  8. Effects in organism I
  9. Effects in organism II
  10. Ecotoxicological tests I
  11. Ecotoxicological tests II
  12. Risk assessment
  13. Seminar
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
:
3
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
:
Other Activities:
Grading:

Class assignment – Powerpoint presentation (60%)

Written final exam (40%)

Notes:

No

Basic Textbook:
  • 1. Βαλαβανίδης, Αθ., 2007. “Οικοτοξικολογία και Περιβαλλοντική Τοξικολογία – ερευνητική μεθοδολογία για την εκτίμηση οικολογικού κινδύνου από επικίνδυνες χημικές ουσίες”, Τμήμα Χημείας, Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών, σελίδες 458 (available for free online): http://www.chem.uoa.gr/courses/organiki_1/val_oikot ox.htm

Bibliography:
  • Walker, Hopkin, Sibly & Peakall (2012), Principles of ecotoxicology. 4th edition. CRC Press

Language:

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English

Internet Links:

http://cfpub.epa.gov/ecotox/

http://www.chem.uoa.gr/courses/organiki_1/val_oikotox.htm

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/index.asp