In environmental management, 1000+ of species are to be protected against 1000+ of different pressures. In the Environment Science (ES) group, we aim to understand and predict both the relative and cumulative impact of anthropogenic stressors on species including humans. We translate detailed mechanisms into overarching principles, applied in models for future projections, in particular in highly populated river deltas and estuaries. The methods developed and the results obtained are used by governments, agencies, industry and consultancies.

Focus of Environmental Science group in EU DPSIR chain.

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  • Oswald SB et al. (2023) Quantification and characterization of macro- and mesoplastic items in the water column of the river Waal. Science of the Total Environment 877: 162827 (doi)
  • Veerkamp CJ et al. (2023) Comparing three spatial modeling tools for assessing urban ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services 59: 101500 (doi)
  • Vermeiren P et al. (2023) Microplastic distribution among estuarine sedimentary habitats utilized by intertidal crabs.Science of The Total Environment 866: 161400 (doi)
  • Wang J et al. (2023) Petroleum refinery effluent contribution to chemical mixture toxic pressure in the environment, Chemosphere 311 (doi)

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Our expertise covers chemistry, toxicology, ecology and related fields. We focus on modelling studies and meta-analyses, lined up with lab experiments and field surveys. We integrate data across scales, stressors, species, conditions, frameworks and cases using quantitative models and qualitative guidelines, centred on three sub-themes.

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Job vacancies:

* PhD Candidate for Life Cycle Assessment of Plastic Recycling (application deadline: 10 April 2023)

BSc / MSc internships

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