Effects of Pharmaceuticals on Aquatic Organisms

Dr. Rebecca Klaper, Shaw Associate Professor in the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, and a member of UWM’s Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center, discusses the issues of pharmaceuticals in the environment as well as the potential for nanomaterials to be in the environment in this segment of "Water Docs."

Dr. Klaper can be found out on Lake Michigan collecting water samples as well as in her lab studying several classes of pharmaceuticals that are found in everyday products like caffeine and its byproducts, antibiotics taken directly or used in lotions and hand soap, and psychopharmaceuticals used for depression and anxiety.

For more on Dr. Klaper’s research, view this article published in the November 16, 2012 journal Nature.