Donald W. Sparling | Zoology Program | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Donald W. Sparling

Associate Professor Emeritus




Research interests in wildlife ecology include (1) contaminant ecology, specifically the effects of contaminants on amphibians, reptiles, and birds and (2) wetland ecology including stormwater wetlands and the development of an index of biological integrity for assessing wetland condition.


Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Courses taught

ZOOL 464 (Wildlife Administration and Policy)

Areas of interest

Wildlife Ecology, Contamination Ecology

Selected Recent Publications

Ortiz-Santaliestra ME, Sparling DW. 2007. Alteration of larval development and metamorphosis by nitrate and perchlorate in southern leopard frogs (Rana sphenocephala). ARCHIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICOLOGY 53: 639-646.

Sparling DW, Fellers. 2007. Comparative toxicity of chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and their oxon derivatives to larval Rana boylii. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION 147: 535-539.

Casey RE, Simon JA, Atueyi S, Snodgrass JW, Karouna-Renier N, Sparling DW. 2007. Temporal trends of trace metals in sediment and invertebrates from stormwater management ponds. WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION 178: 69-77.

Sparling DW, Matson C, Bickham J, et al. 2006. Toxicity of glyphosate as Glypro (R) and LI700 to red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) embryos and early hatchlings. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY 25: 2768-2774.

Sparling DW, Krest S, Ortiz-Santaliestra M. 2006. Effects of lead-contaminated sediment onRana sphenocephala tadpoles. ARCHIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICOLOGY 51: 458-466.

Sparling DW, Harvey G. 2006. Comparative toxicity of ammonium and perchlorate to amphibians. BULLETIN OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICOLOGY 76: 210-217.

Sparling DW, Eisemann JD, Kuenzel W. 2004. Contaminant exposure and effects in red-winged blackbirds inhabiting stormwater retention ponds. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT 33: 719-729.