The Ecotoxicology Research Facility was established within the Arkansas State
University's College of Science & Mathematics and is associated with the Environmental Sciences
Program to offer multidimensional graduate and undergraduate research. Interdisciplinary projects are highly
encouraged between researchers from departments of Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Chemistry &
Physics, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Sociology, Policy, and Economics.
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Services incorporated into the Facility include biomonitoring of effluents in support
of discharge requirements in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. The laboratory
has maintained annual certification through the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency since 1996. The facility performs chronic and acute Whole Effluent Testing
for municipalities and industries and results are provided with report formatting for all Discharge
Monitoring Reports. Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and internal reviews are incorporated as a component
of Good Laboratory Practice at the facility.
Ecotoxicological research within the Environmental Sciences Program has to date been
conducted with investigators specializing in various areas.
Arkansas State University Ecotoxicology Research Facility (ERF) is a multi-user
laboratory facilitating intercollegiate research and collaboration with other universities, state and
federal agencies, industries, and various interest groups. The ERF utilizes standard US EPA test protocols
and develops innovative techniques to measure environmental parameters and investigate ecosystem function.
As a US EPA certified laboratory, the core specializes in laboratory and in situ biomonitoring to measure
fate and effects of known and emerging contaminants for use in environmental forecasting. Ongoing Quality
Control, Quality Assurance, and Good Laboratory Practice within the ERF result in scientifically sound
research for use in environmental management decisions.