Dear ecotoxicology and trophic ecology enthusiasts,

We welcome you to submit an abstract for a platform or poster presentation to our session « When ecotoxicology meets trophic ecology » (under track 2. Ecotoxicology becomes stress ecology: from populations to ecosystems and landscapes), at the upcoming 28th SETAC EUROPE Annual meeting to be held in Rome, Italy (13-17 May 2018).

The session, aimed at merging trophic ecology and ecotoxicology approaches, provides a venue for any « trophic ecotoxicology » topics, dealing with any type of contaminant. This session is endorsed by the Wildlife Toxicology Interest Group (WTIG), but presentations on all other biological models from microorganisms to fish and invertebrates are welcome.

Please, forward this to any potentially interested colleagues and students.

On behalf of myself and my co-chairs, Michaël Danger and Glória dos Santos Pereira, please consider that session for your participation in this meeting. The abstract of the session proposal is provided hereafter.
Other sessions dealing with wildlife are planned, please check the online programme.

Online abstract submission will open by the 4th of October, the deadline for submission is Wednesday the 29th of November 2017.
Abstract submission page can be reached via
For more information and updates on the meeting, please check the website

Best regards,
Clémentine Fritsch, Michaël Danger & Glória dos Santos Pereira

Session abstract description:
Trophic interactions are a crucial vector of contaminant transfer in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Many organisms are exposed through ingestion of contaminated biotic or abiotic matter; this route is considered predominant for a wide variety of organisms and has many ecotoxicological implications (e.g. trophic transfer and trophic availability, secondary poisoning and biomagnification, contaminant transport model, spatial and temporal variability of exposure, nutritional physiology and composition, exposure modelling and risk assessment, biomonitoring, trophic cascades, community ecotoxicology).
Trophic interactions can also shape direct and indirect effects of pollutants on individuals, populations and ecosystems. This, in particular through trophic cascades (bottom-up and top-down regulation) and interactions within community (competition, mutualism, tolerance and resilience properties of communities). Individual sensitivity to toxicants can be affected by trophic parameters such as nutritional stress, energy budget, and ecological stoichiometry which could play either as additional stressors or as protective factors.
At the same time, contaminants can be considered as tracers of trophic relationships and help deciphering trophic connections, cascades and their consequences. Toxicants can also shape trophic interactions within communities (role of “super-predator”, competitive selection, bottom-up regulation…) with direct and indirect effects.
Beyond historical examples and current knowledge, many questions calling to both ecotoxicology and trophic ecology are still open, and such new insights may help both fundamental and operational barriers related to environmental pollution to be overcome. Considering contaminants as stressors, how could they affect trophic relationships and their functional and evolutionary implications? From a trophic ecology point of view, how nutritional stress or the shape of trophic interactions within communities can affect organism and ecosystem responses to environmental contamination? How trophic ecology could bring operational tools for risk assessment, monitoring or management of environmental pollution? Overall, how trophic ecology could feed ecotoxicology and the other way round? What can be learned from an unified framework merging ecotoxicology and trophic ecology?
In this session, we invite presentations providing research results handling trophic or nutritional ecology questions in an ecotoxicological context or contaminant issues within trophic ecology studies. We also welcome reviews, opinions or cutting-edge prospects about trophic ecotoxicology.

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