Chemical and Metabolic Approaches for Minimizing Human-Wildlife Conflicts
While analytical chemistry forms the foundation of most of the research conducted under this project, the project scientists also have experience in related scientific disciplines such as metabolism chemistry, environmental fate, chemical synthesis, toxicology, chemical ecology, and formulation chemistry. NWRC chemists play a key role in the development of effective tools for wildlife management. These tools include toxicants, infertility agents, attractants, repellents and vaccines.
Chemistry-based work at NWRC incorporates the following capabilities:
Analytical Services--analyzing samples under the auspices of Good Laboratory Practices to ensure method reliability and integrity.
Computer Modeling - designing and applying computer models to predict the effects of wildlife management chemicals on target and nontarget species.
Exploratory Chemistry--researching the mediating role chemicals play in animal behaviors.
Methods Development-- modifying, adapting, and developing novel analytical methodologies for the analyses of numerous compounds in a variety of matrices including soil, water, plants, and animal tissues.
Radioisotope Studies--evaluating the uptake, metabolism and excretion of wildlife management chemicals of interest to the Wildlife Services Program
Project Leader: Bruce A. Kimball
Monell Chemical Senses Center