Spatial trends of total mercury (THg) exposure, and the role of intestinal helminths on its distribution within piscivorous mammalian hosts
This research project is unique in that it has explored the interface of three broad disciplines: ecology, toxicology, and parasitology. The primary objectives were to determine the role of gastrointestinal (GI) helminths in total mercury (THg) distribution within piscivorous mammalian hosts, and explore the complex interactions that exist within the host GI tract. The project was designed to address these objectives in two pinniped populations: Alaskan ice seals (Phoca largha and Phoca hispida), and California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). Initially, Alaskan gray wolves (Canis lupus) were ...
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