University of Heidelberg, Germany

In 1986, Thomas Braunbeck graduated in zoology and ecology at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), where he also received his PhD in 1989 ...

... After various sabbaticals to the University of London (Bedford College), the Jacob Bluestein Institute at the Ben Gurion-University of the Negev at Be´er Sheva (Israel), the University of California at Davis and the Cawthron Institute at Nelson (New Zealand), Dr. Braunbeck is heading the Aquatic Ecology and Toxicology Group located at the Centre for Organsimal Studies at the University of Heidelberg. He is an expert in aquatic toxicology working in the fields of neurotoxicity, embryo toxicity, endocrine disruptors, cyto- and histopathology of fish, genotoxicity assessment, biomarkers and restauration of aquatic ecosystems. During 30 years of experience in the area, he has published 220 scientific communications in peer-reviewed journals and has edited 5 books. As a professor of ecotoxicology, ecology and zoology, he has supervised more than 45 PhD and 200 MSc students. Dr. Braunbeck is a member of the advisory board of the German Environmental Protection Agency (UBA) for ecotoxicological testing methods, the advisory board for ecotoxicology of the German Federal Minister for Education and Science (BMBF), the OECD expert groups for endocrine disruptors and fish embryo toxicity testing, and is a member of the German National DIN expert groups on suborganismic test methods (cytotoxicity tests) and ecotoxicology.

 

Abstract


Milestones in Aquatic Ecotoxicology: a Tribute to Karl Fent

Thomas Braunbeck1, *

1 Aquatic Ecology and Toxicology Group, Center for Organismal Studies, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 504, D-69120 Heidelberg; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Biotransformation, organotins, fish cell lines, sediments, sewage treatment plant effluents, nonylphenol, estrogenicity, flame retardants, nanoparticles, UV filters, photovoltaics, cyanobacterial toxins, pharmaceuticals, neonicotinoids, endoplasmic reticulum stress, glucocorticoids, zebrafish embryos, reporter gene systems, toxicogenomics…, the suite of key words describing the scientific oeuvre of Prof. Dr. Karl Fent reads like a brief history of the development of modern ecotoxicology. Karl Fent not only continuously complemented his array of methodologies by novel techniques, he also documented a distinctive sense for “emerging substances” and upcoming topics in ecotoxicology. Among his publications, however, in particular his comprehensive reviews stood out and – together with his famous textbook on ecotoxicology − finally build the ground for his reputation as one of the leading toxicologists in Europe. Karl Fent review on the ecotoxicology of pharmaceuticals was cited by more than 1500 publications; his reviews on the ecotoxicology of organotin compounds and on the induction of cytochrome P-450 as a biomarker follow with more than 600 and 320 citations, respectively. Thus, Karl Fent truly set milestones in modern aquatic toxicology.