Contamination Of Aquatic Habitats With Antidepressants Disrupts Fish Reproduction
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Michael completed a BA/BSc at Monash University in 2012, majoring in Psychology and Zoology, respectively. This was followed by an Honours year investigating the impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals on reproductive behaviour and morphology in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Michael has continued this research and is presently undertaking a PhD examining the effects of sex-reversing endocrine disrupting pollutants released from agricultural operations on freshwater fish, including the guppy and the eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki). This research utilises a multidisciplinary approach and considers the impacts of endocrine disrupting pollutants on various fitness-related measures, including behaviour, morphology, physiology and histopathology. More generally, Michael is interested in investigating the ecological and evolutionary consequences arising from the potential of trace environmental contaminants to alter fitness-related traits in animals.

                       

Contamination Of Aquatic Habitats With Antidepressants Disrupts Fish Reproduction

Use of pharmaceutical medications by humans is escalating globally. In fact, the number of pharmaceutical doses dispensed per year is predicted to reach 4.5 trillion by 2020, an increase of 24% from 2015 levels, with this trend being driven by a growing and aging human population, as well as greater access to healthcare across emerging markets (IMS, 2015). This rise in demand for pharmaceuticals has, consequently, resulted in an increase in the quantity and diversity of pharmaceutical pollutants being discharged...

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