A Call for Evaluation of the Role of Regional-Scale Environmental Toxicity In Population Declines of Northern Bobwhite Quail
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A Call for Evaluation of the Role of Regional-Scale Environmental Toxicity In Population Declines of Northern Bobwhite Quail McLaughlin, S.B., DiNardo, J.C., Brelsford, G., and Wilson, W.T.
This research prospectus is being presented in hopes of stimulating comprehensive integrative research into the potential role of regional-scale environmental pollution on eastern bobwhite quail health and survival. The proponents are W. Wilson, G. Brelsford, J. DiNardo, and S. McLaughlin, and they seek to promote, not receive, funding for this research.
Wilson is an attorney with 15 years of experience in the Virginia General Assembly. A lifetime outdoorsman, Wilson promoted a large multidisciplinary, multiagency study to examine the effects of habitat restoration on quail populations in Virginia as one of his legislative initiatives. Bobwhite habitat improvement did not solve the problem.
Brelsford retired from the paper industry after 32 years in process improvement, product development, and new product marketing roles. He co-chaired the Paper Recycling Technology task group for the American Forest & Paper Association from 1996 – 2000 to help increase paper recycling rates in the U.S.
DiNardo is an industrial ecotoxicologist with 45 years of experience in assessing risks to humans from a variety of chemicals used in the health care industry. He holds several domestic and international patents for various chemical technologies.
McLaughlin was a Senior Research Staff Member in the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked for 30 years. He participated in two national research teams that focused on the effects of acidic deposition and ozone on terrestrial ecosystems in the United States and developed a wide variety of new analytical techniques for evaluating the effects of air pollutants on crops and forests. He also helped document both principal physiological mechanisms and regional variations in the effects of acidic deposition on spruce-fir forests of the Eastern United States. He has over 196 publications in ecophysiology.