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Dr. Leslie Ruyle Co-authors Article in Environmental Modelling and Assessment

October 07, 2018

Dr. Leslie Ruyle, Assistant Director and Associate Research Scientist at the Scowcroft Institute, with co-authors from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory at DOE’s Savannah River Site, have published an article using radionuclide and metal contamination from industrial processes to model Northern river otter (Lontra canadensis) resource selection on the landscape level and utilize the model results within an ecological risk assessment (ERA) framework to assess potential effects of metals and radiocesium (137Cs) on the population for the SRS as a case study. River otters are appropriate receptors for studying the effects of long-term, low-level contamination because they are long-lived, higher trophic level organisms susceptible to accumulating high levels of pollutants.

McCallen, E.B., Gaines, K.F., Novak, J.M., Ruyle, L.E., Stephens, W., Bryan Jr., A.L., Blas, S.A., and T.L. Serfass. 2018. The Development and Use of a Spatially Explicit Model for River Otters to Evaluate Environmental Hazards on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. Environmental Modelling and Assessment. 190:374 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-018-6752-x

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