Emily Monosson, Ph.D., Environmental Toxicologist; Author; Adjunct Professor, Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Independent Scholar, Ronin Institute; Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Earth. Dr. Monosson presented Evolution and Environmental Toxins on April 22 2015 for the SftPublic Lecture Series, Belmont Public Library. The presentation was based on her (2015) book Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene, which addresses evolutionary challenges in a toxic world.
These toxins are the result of industry, industrial farming, mining, drilling, emissions, and many common products in modern life. Extinctions are becoming commonplace, and predicting the impact of hundreds of toxins on ecosystems and health is very difficult. But some organisms –notably certain bacteria, viruses, insects– manage to adapt very well.