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Pioneering USFWS Biologist, Dr. Lucille F. Stickel, Mourned

Date Posted: March 9, 2007

It is with great sadness that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service marks the passing of the former Director of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Dr. Lucille F. Stickel, on February 22, 2007. Dr. Stickel was one of the early pioneers in the fledgling field of wildlife toxicology. She published her first contaminant paper, a study with the new pesticide DDT, in 1946. At this early date, virtually nothing was known about the harmful effects of pesticides on wildlife. This early work by Lucille and some of her colleagues helped form much of the basis of Rachel Carson's famous book, Silent Spring. Her imprint on the field, and especially on contaminants research continues today.


USGS website for Dr. Lucille F. Stickel, farewell tribute

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Environmental Quality - DDT

US Fish and Wildlife Service - Rachel Carson Web Site

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