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Development of a Spatial-Temporal Co-occurrence Index To Evaluate Relative Pesticide Risks to Threatened and Endangered Species

By Cornelis G. Hoogeweg, Debra L. Denton, Rich Breuer, W. Martin Williams and Patti Tenbrook

Abstract

A decline in pelagic species has been observed in the San Francisco Bay-Delta, triggering questions as to whether contaminants are contributing to the decline. An index method was developed to evaluate the spatial and temporal co-occurrence of pesticides and threatened and endangered species for this large ecosystem. The co-occurrence index combines monthly species abundance with statistical distributions of pesticide indicator days for 40 widely used pesticides. The frequency of co-occurrence was determined for 12 aquatic and semi-aquatic threatened or endangered species to help guide future research and monitoring priorities, and the placement of best management practices in the study area

Year: 2012
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