Stoichiometric Ecotoxicology for a Multisubstance World

Type Article
Date 2021-02
Language English
Author(s) Peace AngelaORCID1, Frost Paul C2, Wagner Nicole D3, Danger Michael4, Accolla Chiara5, Antczak Philipp6, Brooks Bryan W7, Costello David M8, Everett Rebecca A9, Flores Kevin B10, Heggerud Christopher M11, Karimi Roxanne12, Kang Yun13, Kuang Yang14, Larson James H15, Mathews Teresa16, Mayer Gregory D17, Murdock Justin N18, Murphy Cheryl A19, Nisbet Roger M20, Pecquerie Laure21, Pollesch NathanORCID22, Rutter Erica M23, Schulz Kimberly L24, Scott J Thad25, Stevenson Louise26, Wang Hao11
Affiliation(s) 1 : Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, United States
2 : Department of Biology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
3 : Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, United States
4 : Université de Lorraine, CNRS, Metz, France
5 : Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
6 : Molecular Medicine Cologne, Cologne, Germany
7 : Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, United States
8 : Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, United States
9 : Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, United States
10 : Department of Mathematics and the Center for Research in Scientific Computation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
11 : Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
12 : School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, United States
13 : Arizona State University, Mesa, Arizona, United States
14 : Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States
15 : US Geological Survey's Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
16 : Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
17 : Department of Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, United States
18 : Department of Biology, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
19 : Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States
20 : Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States
21 : Université de Brest, CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, LEMAR, Plouzane, France
22 : University of Wisconsin's Aquatic Sciences Center and with the US Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Division, Duluth, Minnesota, United States
23 : Department of Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced, Merced, California, United States
24 : Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, United States
25 : Department of Biology, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, United States
26 : Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee; with the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California; and with the Department of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States
Source Bioscience (0006-3568) (Oxford University Press (OUP)), 2021-02 , Vol. 71 , N. 2 , P. 132-147
DOI 10.1093/biosci/biaa160
WOS© Times Cited 4
Keyword(s) nutrient ratios, elemental imbalances, toxicity, ecotoxicological models, multiple stressors

Nutritional and contaminant stressors influence organismal physiology, trophic interactions, community structure, and ecosystem-level processes; however, the interactions between toxicity and elemental imbalance in food resources have been examined in only a few ecotoxicity studies. Integrating well-developed ecological theories that cross all levels of biological organization can enhance our understanding of ecotoxicology. In the present article, we underline the opportunity to couple concepts and approaches used in the theory of ecological stoichiometry (ES) to ask ecotoxicological questions and introduce stoichiometric ecotoxicology, a subfield in ecology that examines how contaminant stress, nutrient supply, and elemental constraints interact throughout all levels of biological organization. This conceptual framework unifying ecotoxicology with ES offers potential for both empirical and theoretical studies to deepen our mechanistic understanding of the adverse outcomes of chemicals across ecological scales and improve the predictive powers of ecotoxicology.

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Peace Angela, Frost Paul C, Wagner Nicole D, Danger Michael, Accolla Chiara, Antczak Philipp, Brooks Bryan W, Costello David M, Everett Rebecca A, Flores Kevin B, Heggerud Christopher M, Karimi Roxanne, Kang Yun, Kuang Yang, Larson James H, Mathews Teresa, Mayer Gregory D, Murdock Justin N, Murphy Cheryl A, Nisbet Roger M, Pecquerie Laure, Pollesch Nathan, Rutter Erica M, Schulz Kimberly L, Scott J Thad, Stevenson Louise, Wang Hao (2021). Stoichiometric Ecotoxicology for a Multisubstance World. Bioscience, 71(2), 132-147. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :