Date of Award

Spring 1986

Document Type



Life & Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

James Manion

Second Advisor

Guido Bugni

Third Advisor

Joe Vantura


Mice were multiply exposed to 60-Hz, 100 kV/m electric fields and carbon dioxide production, oxygen consumption, and gross motor activity were monitored continuously. The most striking result was a large circadian phase advancement in mice exposed for eight hours during the active phase of their daily cycle. Dyschronism (lack of a distinct circadian cycle) was caused by a variety of exposure protocols. The results indicate that exposure to electric fields of energy transmission power and strength do have biological consequences.