Deacon Donald W. Sparling

Deacon Donald W. Sparling

Adjunct Professor of Education

Deacon Donald W. Sparling, Adjunct Professor Education

  • Ph.D., 1979, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks ND.  Biology

Representative Publications

  • Sparling, D.W. 2018.Basics of Ecotoxicology. CRC Press 284  pp. 
  • Sparling, DW. 2016.  Ecotoxicology Essentials.  Academic Press. NY 491 pp. 
  • Sparling DW. 2014.  Administration of Natural Resources:  Wildlife, Fisheries, Forests and Park.  Academic Press, 374 pp.
  • Sparling DW, Linder G, Bishop CA, Krest S (eds). 2010.  Ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles, 2nd Edition.  Pensacola, FL. SETAC Press. 907 pp.

Book Chapters

  • Sparling DW,  Osborne DC.  2009.  Responses of bobwhite, vegetation and invertebrates to three methods of renovating monotypic Conservation Reserve Program grasslands in south-central Illinois.  Pp. 117-128. In: Burger LW, Evans KO  (eds). Managing lands for northern bobwhite.  The USDA NRCS bobwhite restoration project.  US Dept. Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington DC.
  • Sparling DW, Linder G, Bishop CA, Krest S.  2010.  Recent advances in amphibian and reptile ecotoxicology. Pp. 1-12.  In: Sparling, DW, Linder G, Bishop C, Krest S.  (eds).  Ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles, 2nd Edition.  Pensacola, FL. SETAC Press
  • Pauli, B, Stacey S, Sparling DW. 2010.  Ecotoxicology of pesticides in reptiles.  pp. 203-225. In: Sparling DW, Linder G, Bishop C, Krest S. (eds).  Ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles, 2nd Edition.  Pensacola, FL. SETAC Press
  • Sparling DW. 2010. Ecotoxicology of organic contaminants in amphibians. pp. 264-290.   In: Sparling DW, Linder G, Bishop C, Krest S.  (eds). Ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles, 2nd Edition.  Pensacola, FL. SETAC Press.
  • McConnell, L, Sparling DW.  2010.  Emerging contaminants and their potential effects on amphibians and reptiles. pp. 498-513.  In: Sparling DW, Linder G, Bishop C, Krest S. (eds).  Ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles, 2nd Edition.  Pensacola, FL. SETAC Press
  • Linder G, Bishop CA, Krest S, Sparling DW. 2010.  Epilogue: Ecotoxoicology of amphibians and reptiles – where should be we going and how do we get there? Pp. 551-555. In: Sparling DW, Linder G, Bishop C, Krest S.  (eds).  Ecotoxicology of amphibians and reptiles, 2nd Edition.  Pensacola, FL. SETAC Press
  • Sparling DW. 2010.  Amphibian water quality.  Pp. 105-120.  In: Dodd Jr., CK (ed). Amphibian ecology and conservation: a handbook of techniques.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Sparling, D.W. 2014  Natural Resource Administration: Wildlife, Fisheries, Forests and Parks.  Academis Press ISBN-13: 978-0124046474, ISBN-10: 0124046479, 354 pp.
  • Sparling, D.W. 2016.  Ecotoxicology Essentials: Environmental Contaminants and Their Effects on Animals and Plants. ISBN-13: 978-0128019474  ISBN-10: 0128019476 Academic Press.  500 pp.
  • Sparling, D.W. 2017.  Basics of Ecotoxicology. ISBN-13: 978-1138031715 ISBN-10: 1138031712 CRC Publ. 237 pp.

Scientific Papers

  • Sparling DW, Fellers GM. 2009.  Toxicity of endosulfan and chlorpyrifos to two species of California amphibians and its relevance to declining amphibian populations. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 28:1696-1703.
  • Mott C, Sparling DW. 2009.  Ontogenetic patterns of agonistic behavior in a guild of larval ambystomatid salamanders. J. Herpetol. 43:532-540.
  • Weir S, Sparling DW, Halbrook R. 2010.  Mercury concentrations in wetlands associated with coal-fired power plants.  Ecotoxicology 19:306-316.
  • Bommartio T, Sparling DW, Halbrook RS.  2010.  Toxicity of PAHs in coal-tar pavement sealants and ultraviolet radiation to Ambystoma maculatum.  Ecotoxicology 19:1147-1156.
  • Bommarito T, Sparling DW, Halbrook RS.  2010.  Toxicity of sediments containing coal-tar pavement sealants to eastern newts, Notophthalmus viridescens.  Chemosphere 81:187-193.
  • Mott C, Sparling DW. 2010.   Seasonal trends in aggression among sympatric larval salamanders: the roles of habitat-mediation and behavioral conservatism.  Behaviour. 147:1327-1353.
  • Plautz S, Halbrook R, Sparling DW. 2011.  Lead shot ingestion rate of mourning doves on a disked field.  J. Wildl. Manage. 75:779-785.
  • Yu, Shuangying, RS Halbrook, DW Sparling, R. Colombo. 2011.  Metal accumulation and evaluation of effects in a freshwater turtle.  Ecotoxicology 20:1801-1812.
  • Bradford, DF, RA Knapp, DW Sparling, MS Nash, KA Stanley, NG Tallent-Halsell, LL McConnell, SM Simonich. 2011.  Pesticide distributions and population declines of California, USA, alpine frogs, Rana mucsosa and Rana sierrae. Environ Toxicol Chem 30:682-691.
  • Osborne, DC, DW Sparling, TV Dailey. 2012.  Effects of conservation reserve program mid-contract management on consumption of arthropods by northern bobwhite chicks.  Quail VII. National Symposium, Tucson AZ
  • Osborne, DC, DW Sparling, RL Hopkins II.  2012.  Influence of conservation reserve program mid-contract management and landscape composition on northern bobwhite in tall fescue monoculture.  J. Wildl Manage 76:566-574.
  • Yu, S, RS Halbrook , DW Sparling. 2012.  Accumulation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and evaluation of hematological and immunological effects of PCB exposure on turtles.  Bull Environ Chem Toxicol.  88:823-827.
  • Osborne, DC, DW Sparling. 2013.  Multi-scale Associations of Grassland Birds in Response to Cost-Share Management of Conservation Reserve Program Fields in Illinois.  J Wildl Mange.920-930.
  • Bradford, DF, Stanley, KA, Tallent, NG, Sparling, DW, Nash, MS, Knapp, RA, McConnell, LL, Simonich, SLM. 2013. Temporal and spatial variation of atmospherically deposited organic contaminants at high elevation in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. Environ Toxicol Chem  32: 517-525.
  • Yu, SY, Halbrook, RS, Sparling, DW. 2013.  Correlation between heavy metals and turtle abundance in ponds near the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant,Kentucky, USA. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 65: 555-566.
  • Fellers, GM, Sparling DW, McConnell LL, Kleeman PM, Drakeford L.  2014.  Pesticides in Amphibian Habitats of Central and Northern California. In Press.
  • Mott C, Sparling DW. Submitted.  Temporal patterns in intraguild predation and community size structure among larval amphibians in ephemeral ponds. Fresh Biol.

Gray Literature

  • Sparling DW, Halbrook R, Bommarito T.  2009.  Acute and chronic effects of coal tar and asphalt sealants on salamanders.  Final Report, City of Austin, TX. 74 pp.
  • Sparling DW, Plautz S. 2009.  Final report, Lead shot ingestion rates of mourning doves in semi-natural conditions.  US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Sparling DW, Rattner B, Barclay JS. 2010.  The Toll of Toxics.  Feature Article in The Wildlife Professional, Summer 2010.  The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, MD.
  • Halbrook, RS, Sparling D, Yu S. 2011.  Contaminant burdens and abundance of turtles on the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area/ DOE Paducah Plant Complex. Final report to Kentucky Dept. Environ Protect., Div. Waste Mgmt., Hazardous Waste Branch, Frankfort KY
  • Sparling, DW, Dimitrie D. 2011.  A prelisting assessment of Pseudacris streckeri illinoensis (Illinois chorus frog).  Final Report to U.S. Fish Wildl Service, Rock Island Field Office.


  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Editorial Board 2008-2014
  • Board of Directors, Institute for the Theological Encounter with Science and Technology. 2006– present
  • Board of Directors Catholic Social Services of the Belleville Diocese.  2011-12; until it became Christian Social Services to accommodate state mandate to serve gay couples.
  • Ordained Catholic deacon – Belleville Diocese