The study of the effects of chemical pollution on wildlife basically straddles three scientific disciplines: chemistry, ecology and zoology. The research chemist must elaborate systems for detecting and precise quantifying of the different compounds found in the tissues of living organisms, and must study those properties of such compounds which explain the basic processes of transfer and accumulation in the ecosystem. The ecologist must put this data together with his own knowledge of the dynamic processes which regulates the ecosystem, both on a general level (movements of air and water masses), and on a particular one (trophic chains, migrations, etc.). Finally, the zoologist must bring his knowledge to bear on the biology of the species which are to be studied, in order that the results maybe correctly evaluated and not biased by the particular characteristics of the animals sampled (physiological or reproductive state, age, etc.).
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