Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Environmental Toxicology


van den Hurk, Peter


The water quality in the Reedy River basin has been shown to be impacted from the diverse and highly urbanized land uses within the watershed. The objective of this study was to examine the observed toxicological effects of EDCs that may be present in the Reedy River watershed by using a suite of biomarkers that were measured in indigenous fish to characterize the exposure and biological effects of these contaminants. Bluegill were analyzed for unnatural estrogenic effects such as: 1) Vitellogenin (VTG) 2) Activity of estrogenic compounds in bile extractions 3) UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) activity. This biomarker study provides a more comprehensive understanding of the potential bioavailability of estrogenic EDCs in the Reedy River watershed and their effects on biota.