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Barnett Rattner

Email: brattner@usgs.gov

Website:

Wildlife & Contaminants Online - gateway page for the following:

Contaminant Exposure and Effects-Terrestrial Vertebrates database - searchable database containing over 17,000 geo-referenced data records describing contaminant exposure and effects in free-ranging terrestrial vertebrates in coastal and estuarine habitat in the United States

Biological and Ecotoxicological Characteristics of Terrestrial Vertebrates Residing in Estuaries - summary of useful information in selecting sentinels for contaminant monitoring projects

Utility and Vulnerability Ranking Programs for Terrestrial Vertebrates - indices that rank terrestrial vertebrates for their utility in biomonitoring and susceptibility to the persistent organic pollutants, cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticides, petroleum crude oil, mercury, and lead shot

Tools for Teachers - Tools for Teachers introduces high school students to biological research methods with an emphasis in ecotoxicology

Whole Wildlife Toxicology Catalog - web portal of wildlife toxicology web sites and databases 

Areas of Study

Contaminant Exposure, Food Web Transfer and Potential Health Effects on Chesapeake Bay Waterbirds

Avian Egg Injection Studies for Assessing Adverse Outcomes Associated with Exposure to Flame Retardants

Toxicity of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers and Other Flame Retardants to Wildlife

Contaminant-related Activities in Support of Client Agencies in the Department of the Interior

Toxicity of the Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Diclofenac

Contaminant Exposure and Effects – Terrestrial Vertebrates Database (Summary Findings for Trust Resources in U.S. Coastal Habitats

Hazard, Risk and Physiologically-based Pharmacokinetic Model for Anticoagulant Rodenticides in Kestrels and Owls

Effects of Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs) developing birds

Publications

2015

Rattner, B. A., K. E. Horak, R. S. Lazarus, S. L. Schultz, S. Knowles, B. G. Abbo, and S. F. Volker. 2015. Toxicity reference values for chlorophacinone and their application for assessing anticoagulant rodenticide risk to raptors. Ecotoxicology Online Early January 20 Abstract

Lazarus, R. S., B. A. Rattner, B. W. Brooks, B. Du, P. C. McGowan, V. S. Blazer, and M. A. Ottinger. 2015. Exposure and food web transfer of pharmaceuticals in ospreys (Pandion haliaetus): Predictive model and empirical data. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 11(1):118-129. Abstract

2014

Rattner, B., R. S. Lazarus, J. E. Elliott, R. F. Shore, and N. W. Van Den Brink. 2014. Adverse Outcome Pathway and Risks of Anticoagulant Rodenticides to Predatory Wildlife. Environmental Science and Technology 48(15):8433-8445. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., C. E. Horak, R. S. Lazarus, D. A. Goldade, and J. J. Johnston. 2014. Toxicokinetics and coagulopathy threshold of the rodenticide diphacinone in eastern screech-owls (Megascops asio). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 33(1):74-81. Abstract

Beyer, W. N., Y. Chen, P. Henry, T. May, D. Mosby, B. A. Rattner, V. I. Shearn-Bochsler, D. Sprague, and J. Weber. 2014. Toxicity of Pb-contaminated soil to Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) and the use of the blood–dietary Pb slope in risk assessment. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10(1):22-29. Abstract

2013

Rattner, B. A. 2013. On the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring. Outlooks on Pest Management 24(2):79-80. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., R. S. Lazarus, G. H. Heinz, N. K. Karouna-Renier, S. L. Schultz, and R. C. Hale. 2013. Comparative embryotoxicity of a pentabrominated diphenyl ether mixture to common terns (Sterna hirundo) and American kestrels (Falco sparverius). Chemosphere 93(2):441-447. Abstract

Beyer, W. N., J. C. Franson, J. B. French, T. May, B. A. Rattner, V. I. Shearn-Bochsler, S. E. Warner, J. Weber, and D. Mosby. 2013. Toxic exposure of songbirds to lead in the southeast Missouri lead mining district. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 65 (3):598-610. Abstract

2012

Rattner, B. A., K. E. Horak, R. S. Lazarus, K. M. Eisenreich, C. U. Meteyer, S. F. Volker, C. M. Campton , J. D. Eisemann, and J. J. Johnston. 2012. Assessment of toxicity and potential risk of the anticoagulant rodenticide diphacinone using Eastern screech-owls (Megascops asio) . Ecotoxicology 21(3):832-846. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., R. S. Lazarus, K. M. Eisenreich, K. E. Horak, S. F. Volker, C. M. Campton, J. D. Eisemann, C. U. Meteyer, and J. J. Johnston. 2012. Comparative risk assessment of the first-generation anticoagulant rodenticide diphacinone to raptors. Pages 124-130 in R. M. Timm, editor. Proceedings of the 25th Vertebrate Pest Conference. University of California, Davis. Abstract

Franson, J. C., L. L. Lahner, C. U. Meteyer, and B. A. Rattner. 2012. Copper pellets simulating oral exposure to copper ammunition: Absence of toxicity in American kestrels (Falco sparverius). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 62(1):145-153. Abstract

Grim, K. C., A. Fairbrother, and B. A. Rattner. 2012. Wildlife toxicology: environmental contaminants and their national and international regulation. Pages 359-373 in A. Alonso Aguirre, Richard S. Ostfeld, and Peter Daszak, editors. New Directions in Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health. Oxford University Press, New York. xxvi, 639 pp. Abstract

Vyas, N. B. and B. A. Rattner. 2012. Critique on the use of the standardized avian acute oral toxicity test for first generation anticoagulant rodenticides. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 18(5):1069-1077. Abstract

2011

Rattner, B. A., K. E. Horak, S. E. Warner, D. D. Day, C. U. Meteyer, S. F. Volker, J. D. Eisemann, and J. J. Johnston. 2011. Acute toxicity, histopathology, and coagulopathy in American kestrels (Falco sparverius) following administration of the rodenticide diphacinone. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30(5):1213-1222. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., A. M. Scheuhammer, and J. E. Elliott. 2011. History of wildlife toxicology and the interpretation of contaminant concentrations in tissues. Pages 9-44 in W. Nelson Beyer and James P. Meador, editors. Environmental contaminants in biota : interpreting tissue concentrations. 2nd edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. xv, 751 pp. Abstract

2010

Rattner, B. A., K. E. Horak, S. E. Warner, D. D. Day, and J. J. Johnston. 2010. Comparative toxicity of diphacinone to northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) and American kestrels (Falco sparveriu). Pages 146-152 in R. M. Timm and K. A. Fagerstone, editors. Proceedings 24th Vertebrate Pest Conference. University of California, Davis, California. 402 pp. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., K. E. Horak, S. E. Warner, and J. J. Johnston. 2010. Acute toxicity of diphacinone in Northern bobwhite: Effects on survival and blood clotting. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 73(5):1159-1164. Abstract

McKernan, M. A., B. A. Rattner, J. S. Hatfield, R. C. Hale, and M. A. Ottinger. 2010. Absorption and biotransformation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers DE-71 and DE-79 in chicken (Gallus gallus), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), American kestrel (Falco sparverius) and black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) eggs. Chemosphere 79(1):100-109. Abstract

Sparling, D. W., B. A. Rattner, and J. S. Barclay. 2010. The toll of toxics: Investigating environmental contaminants. Wildlife Professional 4(2):24-30. Abstract

2009

Rattner, B. A. 2009. History of wildlife toxicology. Ecotoxicology 18(7):773-783. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., J. C. Franson, S. R. Sheffield, C. I. Goddard, N. J. Leonard, D. Stang, and P. J. Wingate. 2009. Technical review of the sources and implications of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on natural resources. Pages 68-70 in Richard T. Watson, Mark Fuller, Mark Pokras, and Grainger Hunt, editors. Ingestion of Lead from Spent Ammunition: Implications for Wildlife and Humans. Peregrine Fund, Boise Idaho. 383 pp. Abstract , PDF

McKernan, M. A., B. A. Rattner, R. C. Hale, and M. A. Ottinger. 2009. Toxicity of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (de-71) in chicken (Gallus gallus), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), and American kestrel (Falco sparverius) embryos and hatchlings. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28(5):1007-1017. Abstract

2008

Custer, T. W., N. H. Golden, and B. A. Rattner. 2008. Element patterns in feathers of nestling Black-Crowned Night-Herons, Nycticorax nycticorax L., from four colonies in Delaware, Maryland, and Minnesota. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 81(2):147-151. Abstract

Goddard, C. I., N. J. Leonard, D. L. Stang, P. J. Wingate, B. A. Rattner, J. C. Franson, and S. R. Sheffield. 2008. Management concerns about known and potential impacts of lead use in shooting and in fishing activities. Fisheries 33(5):228-236. Abstract

Rattner, B. A. and B. K. Ackerson. 2008. Potential environmental contaminant risks to avian species at important bird areas in the northeastern United States. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 4(3):344-357. Abstract

Rattner, B. A. and B. K. Ackerson. 2008. Environmental contaminant hazards to wildlife at National Capital region and Mid-Atlantic National Park Service units. Pages 307-311 in S. Weber and David Harmon, editors. Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 2007 George Wright Society Biennial Conference on parks, protected areas & cultural sites, April 16-20, 2007, St. Paul, Minnesota. George Wright Society, Hancock, Michigan. Abstract , PDF

Rattner, B. A., J. C. Franson, S. R. Sheffield, C. I. Goddard, N. J. Leonard, D. Stang, and P. J. Wingate. 2008. Sources and implications of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on natural resources. Wildlife Society Technical Review 08-01. Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. 62 pp. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., N. H. Golden, P. C. Toschik, P. C. McGowan, and T. W. Custer. 2008. Concentrations of metals in blood and feathers of nestling ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) in Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 54(1):114-122. Abstract

Rattner, B. A., M. A. Whitehead, G. Gasper, C. U. Meteyer, W. A. Link, M. A. Taggart, A. A. Meharg, O. H. Pattee, and D. J. Pain. 2008. Apparent tolerance of turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27(11):2341-2345. Abstract

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