Focus Area > Coastal Ecosystems > Ecotoxicology 

Many California coastal environments have been compromised by runoff from human sources, such as industrialized and developed shorelines, ports and marinas, in regions around wastewater treatment plant outfalls and non-point outfall pipes along the coast. Potential hazards to public and ecosystem health from pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern continue to be difficult to manage and present a wide range of unknown problems for both ecosystems and public health. Sea Grant funded researchers have documented and understand how anthropogenic chemicals in the marine environment can cause endocrine and physiological disruption in marine organisms, such as changes to reproductive and metabolic characteristics and changes in growth. Changes like these have a strong potential to threaten survival in a variety of different species residing in coastal California including flatfish, surfperch and sculpin. Other research works on developing powerful diagnostic tools that will enhance assessment and understanding of the effects of contaminant inside marine organisms.

Research & Outreach Projects


For more information, contact Phyllis Grifman, Associate Director, 213.740.193.

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  • 3454 Trousdale Pkwy, CAS 200
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0373
  • (213) 740 - 1961