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Michigan State UniversityWildlife Toxicology Laboratory

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The Michigan State University - Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory (MSU-WTL or WTL) boasts an exceptional environmental chemistry analytical laboratory that has the capability to prepare, isolate, and quantitate a variety of environmental contaminants. Instrumental techniques include gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and chromatography/electron capture detection (GC/ECD). The laboratory also has the capability to customize instrumental and preparative techniques for unique compounds of interest.

MSU-WTL study plans (SAP, HASP and QAPP) follow U.S.E.P.A guidelines. The quality of the WTL sample collection, handling, tracking and analytical quality assurance and quality control was noted in the recent EPA peer review of Kalamazoo River, MI work. Greater than 12,000 data points from a variety of studies are included in EPA and USGS contaminant information databases. Agencies including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Community Health have endorsed MSU data through the use of it in fish and wild game contaminant monitoring situations.

Faculty, students and staff of the WTL have published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from concentrations of brominated flame retardant residues in inland lakes sediments to dioxin and furan dose-response studies in captive mink to population level effects of PCBs and DDT in raptors.

The MSU-WTL frequently partners with environmental and natural resource management groups including government (MDEQ, MDNR, Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Navy, USFWS, U.S.G.S) private, (CDM, ENVIRON, BBL, NRT, ENTRIX, CardnoENTRIX, ARCADiS) and others on environmental research projects.