Within our group we develop different lines of study that aim at determining the impact chemical contaminants have over aquatic organisms and environments in Patagonia. In particular we study port areas that have an important anthropic impact, high level of maritime traffic and chemical pollution is highest; we compare these sites with coast lines distant from human development where the mentioned parameters are at their lowest.

We are interested in monitoring levels of biocides that have endocrine disruption effects and accumulate in marine invertebrates, particularly antifouling paints (TBT), heavy metals and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. We utilize marine gastropods as models of study to determine negative effects of these contaminants on their physiology and reproduction.

Our main objectives are to study the effects of chemical contaminants on reproduction and sexual development of molluscs, and evaluate the ecological risk associated to the presence of endocrine perturbations in marine environments as well as to describe the anatomical, fecundity, physiological and morphological alterations related to marine contamination.

Researchers: Dr. Sebastián Giulianelli, Dr. Mónica Primost, Dr. Gregorio Bigatti and Dr. Andrés Averbuj.

Patagonia Argentina

Bvd. Brown 2915 (U9120ACD)
Puerto Madryn, Chubut - Argentina
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