Since the early 1990s scientists have been concerned that a variety of chemicals released into the environment can cause effects of the endocrine systems of wildlife. The chemicals have been called "endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)". The endocrine system controls many aspects of an organisms biology including growth, reproduction, metabolism and development.
Whilst there is now considerable evidence for endocrine disruption in vertebrate species their remains little knowledge of the effects of EDCs in invertebrates.
My research investigates the effects of EDCs on crustacean species and broadly tries to address the following questions:
Can environmental contaminants effect the growth, development and reproduction of crustacean species?
Can environmental contaminants effect the pheromone and chemical communication between crustacean species?