nants, but the money seems to flow only when there is a crisis.

Dr. Krabbenhoft’s big breakthrough as a researcher came when the Florida panther died of mercosis in the early 1990s. He said the response occurred because there was a crisis: something as precious and as artful as a Florida panther died of a specific contaminant. He might not have been able to study the problem if a Florida panther had not died.

However, he felt that things may be changing. Some colleagues are now doing research on emerging contaminants, hormones, and pharmaceuticals. In this way, they are working in more of an anticipatory rather than a reactionary framework. However, it is highly unlikely that a researcher will receive funding unless the research can meet a need. Generally, it is more common to react than to prevent.

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