Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in blood related to lower body mass in common loons.

@article{Paruk2016PolycyclicAH,
  title={Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in blood related to lower body mass in common loons.},
  author={James D. Paruk and Evan M. Adams and Hannah R. Uher-Koch and Kristin A. Kovach and Darwin Long and Christopher Ryan Perkins and Nina Schoch and David Charles Evers},
  journal={The Science of the total environment},
  year={2016},
  volume={565},
  pages={
          360-368
        }
}
We captured 93 wintering adult and subadult Common Loons (Gavia immer) in coastal Louisiana from 2011 to 2015 following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We tested blood samples for exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and measured physiological variables including hematocrit, hemoglobin and total blood protein. PAH concentrations in loon blood differed from year to year and by age class. High PAH concentrations were significantly related to lower body masses in both adult and… CONTINUE READING
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