Capstone Title

Using Teleost Histopathology as a Biomarker for Monitoring Aquatic Pollution

Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. Marine Biology

First Advisor

Richard Spieler

Second Advisor

Daniel Weber


Monitoring marine pollution in an industrialized world is important for maintaining healthy ecosystems and preventing environmental damage. Teleost histopathology can be used as a biomarker for environmental health and pollution monitoring. This capstone reviews literature pertaining to pollutant-related histopathology in teleost fishes with the aim to understand current approaches to the subject. The capstone examines the effects of a number of common aquatic pollutants on three commonly sampled teleost organs: the liver, kidney, and spleen. It also considers the problems with this approach and offers direction for future research.

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