What We Do
Research at the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory is focused on issues that relate to toxicology, physiology and human health.
- · On a toxicological level, we are interested in agricultural runoff, particularly as it pertains to runoff from rowcrop agricultural fields, and from beef cattle feedlot operations. We are also interested in sediments and the sorption and desorption of contaminants onto sediment particles.
- · On a physiological level, we are interested in gene expression and the use of differential gene expression as an endpoint of analysis in toxicological studies. We are also interested in relationships between gene expression and whole body performance, particularly as it pertains to reproduction.
- · From the perspective of human health, we are interested in the linkages between land use and water quality, and between water quality and human health outcomes. We use caged fish as bioenvironmental, sentinel organisms in our efforts to link these different areas of research.
While our laboratory is located in Alwine Hall, our research extends well beyond the campus of UNO. In order to collect aquatic samples, we travel to local and regional rivers and streams throughout Nebraska.