Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. John Watson Bishop

Second Advisor

Dr. Roni Kingsley

Third Advisor

Dr. Stuart Clough


This study examined the effectiveness of Semipermeable Membrane Devices (SPMDs) as surrogates for fish in concentrating polychlorinated biphenyls. Golden shiners (Notemigonus crysolucas) and SPMDs were exposed to three different concentrations (0.5, 1.5, and 3.0ppm) of Aroclor 1254 for 1, 3, and 5 days under laboratory conditions. Concentrations of Aroclor 1254 were measured in the SPMDs and fish tissue using extraction techniques and gas chromatography. The concentrations of PCB in SPMDs and N. crysolucas were positively correlated. This relationship compared favorably with data from other studies. The relationship between the concentration of PCB in SPMDs and tissue offish and mollusks could be described by the equation F=2.38 S0.59, where F and S were the concentrations of PCB in fish and SPMDs (ng/g) respectively.

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