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CHAPTER 14

Summary

In Ecotoxicology: A Hierarchical Treatment

Carl L. Strojan

INTRODUCTION

One of the goals of the Savannah River Symposia on Environmental Science, of which this was the second, is to stimulate new ways of thinking so as to increase our understanding of how ecological systems function. In the case of this symposium, that sort of thinking began with the organization of the meeting itself. This symposium was undoubtedly the first time that ecotoxicology has been addressed in the context of a hierarchical approach encompassing geochemistry, cells, tissues, individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. That type of organization and approach brought together talented people with complementary interests who, because of their diverse backgrounds, would not likely cross paths. Those people were then challenged by the thought-provoking points set forth in Chapter I to help ecotoxicology develop more as a science that organizes and classifies knowledge based on explanatory principles and away from its current emphasis on regulatory procedures and descriptive data collection. The symposium organizers and participants are to be commended for making the format work.

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Strojan, C.L. 1996. Summary. p. 399-402. In Ecotoxicology: A Hierarchical Treatment, edited by M.C. Newman and C.H. Jagoe. Lewis Publishers. Boca Raton, FL.

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