Stress, Hormones and Contaminants in Seabirds
My work focuses on the relationships between contaminants (organic pollutants and mercury), hormonal mechanisms and fitness (reproduction, survival). Specifically I study the ability of contaminants to alter the normal functioning of major hormonal mechanisms (endocrine disruption) such as those involved in the regulation of adaptive trade-offs. This work is carried out in seabirds, which accumulate numerous contaminants, in polar (Svalbard and French Antarctic Lands), tropical (French Guiana) environments and recently in metropolitan France.The contaminants I study are trace elements (e.g. mercury), legacy persistent organic pollutants (DDT, PCBs) and certain pollutants of increasing concern: Poly- and perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) which are used as surfactants in a multitude of manufactured products (non-stick cookware, fire-fighting foams, food packaging, waterproof clothing and stain-resistant clothing). I am developing my research thanks to the internationally recognized specialization of the CEBC into vertebrate endocrinology.
Research Director CNRS – Team Leader ECOPHYCV
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