Serena Ciparis

Serena Ciparis
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University | VT · Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

About

14
Publications
1,563
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
293
Citations

Publications

Publications (14)
Article
Energy storage is critical for gametogenesis and successful spawning in bivalve mollusks. However, it often is overlooked as an endpoint in toxicological studies of freshwater mussels. Energy storage can be assessed through direct measurement of energy substrates or the use of the condition index (CI) as an indicator of overall nutritional status....
Chapter
Full-text available
Freshwater mussels of the Clinch and Powell rivers of Virginia in the southeastern United States have been heavily impacted by runoff, leachates, or spills of materials related to coal extraction, processing, and use. Assays quantifying sublethal impacts of such wastes are needed. We assessed gene transcriptional markers in a laboratory study under...
Article
Full-text available
The North Fork Holston River (NFHR) historically supported 33 unionid mussel species downstream of Saltville, VA. Because of industrial contamination over decades from a chlor-alkali plant, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Site (SITE) was created with Hg and MeHg designated as contaminants of concern. Mussel surveys were conducted a...
Article
Two laboratory studies were conducted to determine the effects of coal particles in aquatic sediments on survival and organ tissues of rainbow mussels Villosa iris (Lea, 1929). First, mussel survival was assessed using treatments comprised of sand substrates with different percentages of pulverized coal, including 0%, 10%, 25%, and 50%. At the end...
Article
This project examined the impact of long-term poultry litter application on the chemical signatures of As, Cu, Zn, and P in stream sediments of the Broadkill River watershed within the Delmarva Peninsula, a region of intense poultry production. Thirty-seven sediment samples were collected from Broadkill River drainage systems and analyzed for litte...
Article
Nutrient enrichment is a widespread environmental problem in freshwater ecosystems. Eutrophic conditions caused by nutrient enrichment may result in a higher prevalence of infection by trematode parasites in host populations, due to greater resource availability for the molluscan first intermediate hosts. This study examined relationships among lan...
Article
Anthropogenic introduction of steroidal estrogens and synthetic estrogenic compounds to aquatic environments has increased interest in assessment of the endocrine-disrupting effects of these compounds on aquatic organisms, including mollusks. For gonochoristic freshwater snails in the family Pleuroceridae, little is known about the spatial and temp...
Article
Alternative brominated flame-retardants (BFRs), 2-ethylhexyl 2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate (TBB), 2-ethylhexyl 2,3,4,5-tetrabromophthalate (TBPH), 1,2-bis(2,4,6-tribromophenoxy) ethane (BTBPE) and decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE), are now being detected in the environment. However, contaminant bioavailability is influenced by the organisms' ecology (i...
Article
Application of manures from animal feeding operations (AFOs) as fertilizer on agricultural land can introduce nutrients and hormones (e.g. estrogens) to streams. A landscape-scale study was conducted in the Shenandoah River watershed (Virginia, USA) in order to assess the relationship between densities of AFOs in watersheds of agricultural streams...
Article
Full-text available
Trace elements used in animal feed additives can be introduced to aquatic environments through application of manures from animal feeding operations to agricultural land as fertilizer. The use of poultry feed additives containing arsenic (As) is of particular concern in the Shenandoah River watershed (Virginia, USA), an agricultural landscape with...
Article
Full-text available
Nonylphenol (NPs) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEOs) enter the environment during the course of land-application of sewage sludge (biosolids). These xenoestrogens have been previously reported in biosolids at concentrations as high as parts per thousand, g/kg (dry weight). Here we examine their residence time and potential for migration during run...
Article
Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants have become distributed ubiquitously in the environment. High concentrations have been reported in U.S. sewage sludge (biosolids). The burgeoning practice of land-applying biosolids as fertilizer creates an avenue for reintroduction of PBDEs to surface waters and aquatic sediments. Bioavailabili...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Project (1)
Project
This multidisciplinary research is describing links between coal mining activities, physical and chemical stream conditions, individual fish physiology, fish population dynamics, and fish community assemblage structure. The intent of this framework was to provide novel evidence on the pathways through which mining-related factors can lead to shifts fish distributions and diversity (e.g., extirpation). We also aim to provide clarification to managers and regulators on the most pressing contemporary mitigation issues in the SW VA coalfields region based on ecological evidence.