Internships at the Department of Environmental Science

Student area Environmental Science

Below you will find an overview of Bachelor and Master projects that are offered by the Department of Environmental Science.

For the student’s convenience we have subdivided them in topics dealing with:
1. Biodiversity assessment: focuses on the responses of species and ecosystems to various anthropogenic pressures and changes in the environment;
2. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA): focuses on the emission, fate, accumulation and toxicity of chemicals;
3. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): estimates the impacts of production and consumption on human health and biodiversity through various changes in the environment, including climate change, eutrophication, acidification, chemical pollution and land use changes.

This subdivision links up with the department’s research themes.

1. Biodiversity assessment

Topic Level

Supervisor(s)

Has African elephant space use changed over time? - MSc

Marlee Tucker
marlee.tucker@ru.nl

How does group size effect home range size? - MSc Marlee Tucker
marlee.tucker@ru.nl
How well does the global network of protected areas cover the tree of life? (pdf, 294 kB) - MSc

Hadassa_Moreira
h.moreira@science.ru.nl
Aafke Schipper
a.schipper@science.ru.nl

How does species richness change across spatial scales and geographic regions (pdf, 108 kB) - MSc

Koen_Kuipers
k.kuipers@science.ru.nl
Aafke_Schipper
a.schipper@science.ru.nl

Modelling the global distribution of key disease vector species (pdf, 155 kB) - MSc

Floris Neijnens
floris.neijnens@ru.nl
Aafke Schipper
a.schipper@science.ru.nl

How may agriculture benefit biodiversity? (pdf, 115 kB) MSc

Koen Kuipers
Koen.Kuipers@science.ru.nl
Jelle Hilbers
J.Hilbers@science.ru.nl
Aafke Schipper
A.Schipper@science.ru.nl

Predicting ecological changes after interventions in river management (pdf, 15 kB) BSc MSc Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl

Diversity is easy to measure but what does it tell us about productivity and services of ecosystems? (pdf, 10 kB)

BSc MSc

Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl

Clash of the titans:
The battle for dominance between European sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon during the Holocene

- MSc

Rob Lenders
R.Lenders@science.ru.nl

Of mice and men: Tracing the global invasion history of the common house mouse (Mus musculus) (pdf, 157 kB)

- MSc

Rob Lenders
R.Lenders@science.ru.nl

Iconic predators of Europe: What can we learn from the history of large predatory mammals distribution in Europe during the Holocene? (pdf, 230 kB)

- MSc

Rob Lenders
R.Lenders@science.ru.nl

Species occurrence and species richness–phosphorus relationships for lakes and streams worldwide (pdf, 28 kB)

BSc MSc

Rosalie_van_Zelm r.vanzelm@science.ru.nl

Seagrass ecology, brown tides, invasive species, connectivity, restoration, ecosystem services and sea turtle grazing in the Dutch Caribben (pdf, 319 kB) (ppt)

- MSc Marieke_van_Katwijk
M.vanKatwijk@science.ru.nl
Tjeerd Bouma
Marjolijn Christianen
Tjisse_van_der_Heide
Brigitta_van_Tussenbroek
Historical references for fish in the Rhine and Meuse catchment area (pdf, 129 kB) - MSc Rob Lenders
R.Lenders@science.ru.nl

2. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA)

Topic Level Supervisor(s)

Identification and assessment of processes relevant to contaminants in wastewater based on their chemical structure (pdf, 535 kB)

BSc MSc

Tom Nolte
tom.nolte@ru.nl
Jan Hendriks
a.j.hendriks@science.ru.nl

Emission estimation for selection of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) in Nijmegen (pdf, 109 kB)

BSc -

Tom Nolte
tom.nolte@ru.nl
Jan Hendriks
a.j.hendriks@science.ru.n

Modelling ethanol exposure of health workers from disinfectants (pdf, 114 kB)

- MSc Ad Ragas
ad.ragas@ru.nl
Fiona Wang
Paul Scheepers

Optimizing a generic fish PBK model for pharmaceuticals (pdf, 514 kB)

- MSc

Ad Ragas
ad.ragas@ru.nl
Fiona Wang

Explaining high dioxin levels in large grazers (pdf, 82 kB)

BSc -

Ad Ragas
ad.ragas@ru.nl

A holistic framework for integrated sustainability assessment of pharmaceuticals (pdf, 81 kB)

BSc MSc Ad Ragas
ad.ragas@ru.nl

The removal of pharmaceutical compounds in advanced wastewater treatments

- MSc Francesco_Bregoli
f.bregoli@science.ru.nl
Ad Ragas
ad.ragas@ru.nl

Pharmaceuticals in the environment: secondary poisoning modelling in freshwater and terrestrial compartments (pdf, 610 kB)

- MSc Ad Ragas
a.ragas@fnwi.ru.nl
Francesco_Bregoli
f.bregoli@science.ru.nl
Jan Hendriks

Actual load and emission estimations of contaminants in the river Rhine (pdf, 17 kB)

BSc Rosalie_van_Zelm R.vanZelm@fnwi.ru.nl

Sources and sinks of heavy metals in sediments of the Ponto-Caspian and North Sea basins (pdf, 91 kB)

BSc MSc Jan Hendriks
a.j.hendriks@science.ru.nl
Arjan_Gittenberger
gittenberger@gimaris.com

Modelling pharmaceuticals in WWTP Weurt using SimpleTreat (pdf, 534 kB)

BSc MSc Tamara_van_Bergen
T.vanBergen@science.ru.nl
Caterina_Zillien
caterina.zillien@ru.nl
Ad Ragas
A.Ragas@science.ru.nl

Identification and assessment of processes relevant to CEC in the sewer system based on their chemical structure (pdf, 544 kB)

BSc MSc Caterina_Zillien
caterina.zillien@ru.nl
Ad Ragas
A.Ragas@fnwi.ru.nl

Emission estimation for selection of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) in Nijmegen (pdf, 544 kB)

BSc - Caterina_Zillien
caterina.zillien@ru.nl
Ad Ragas
A.Ragas@fnwi.ru.nl

Measuring/predicting removal of chemicals of emerging concern in wastewater (pdf, 187 kB)

BSc MSc Tamara_van_Bergen
T.vanBergen@science.ru.nl
Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl
Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl
Screening ‘green’ substances via species sensitivity distributions (pdf, 416 kB) BSc MSc

Leo_Posthuma
L.Posthuma@sciece.ru.nl
Tom Nolte
T.Nolte@science.ru.nl
Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl

Analysis of molecular target sequences for explaining differences in toxic sensitivity between species (pdf, 181 kB) - MSc

Ad Ragas
A.Ragas@science.ru.nl

The influence of enviro-chemical characteristics on ecosystem exposure to ionizable organic compounds (pdf, 139 kB) BSc MSc

Ad Ragas
A.Ragas@science.ru.nl
Tom Nolte
tom.m.nolte@gmail.com

Effect factors for saltwater toxicity compared to freshwater toxicity and its statistical uncertainties (pdf, 81 kB) BSc MSc Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl
To model or not to model: applying the parsimony principle in fate and effect modelling of chemicals (pdf, 70 kB) - MSc Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl
Explaining species sensitivity to toxic chemicals (pdf, 65 kB) - MSc Ad Ragas
A.Ragas@science.ru.nl
How to protect polar regions: Fate and accumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the warming Arctic (pdf, 18 kB) BSc MSc

Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl

Understanding environmental problems and identifying sustainable solutions by scaling of water, carbon, mineral and material flows in catchments, ecosystems and societies (pdf, 12 kB) BSc MSc Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl
Emission scenarios for pollutants: From understanding time trends and local patterns to predicting the future (pdf, 15 kB) BSc MSc Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl
Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl
A quantitative comparison of ecological cycles and circular economy in environmental problems and sustainable solutions (pdf, 12 kB) BSc MSc Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl
Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl

3. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Topic Level Supervisor(s)
CO2 footprint of Astronomical Instrumentation and the Astronomical community worldwide - MSc

Mark_Huijbregts
M.Huijbregts@science.ru.nl
(Environmental_Science) Gijs_Nelemans
nelemans@astro.ru.nl
(Astrophysics)

How does the environmental footprint of food vary between diets and individuals? (pdf, 159 kB) - MSc

Thomas_Hennequin
thomas.hennequin@ru.nl
Rosalie_van_Zelm
rosalie.vanzelm@ru.nl

Determining the environmental footprint of crops grown in various locations across the globe based on Near Infrared spectra (pdf, 84 kB) BSc -

Anne_Ottenbros
anne.ottenbros@ru.nl
Rosalie_van_Zelm
rosalie.vanzelm@ru.nl

Environmental benefits of local, organic vegetables vs. supermarket produce (pdf, 73 kB) BSc -

Carlijn_Hendriks
Carlijn.Henriks@ru.nl

Assessing the effect of feeding regime on the nitrogen and greenhouse gas footprint of fish production in recirculating aquaculture systems

S._Lücker/M._van_Kessel (Microbiology)
Mark_Huijbregts (Environmental_Science)
Contact: Maartje.vanKessel@science.ru.nl

Comparing greenhouse gas emissions for different nitrogen removal technologies in wastewater treatment - MSc

S._Lücker/M._van_Kessel
(Microbiology)
Mark_Huijbregts
(Environmental_Science)
Contact: Maartje.vanKessel@science.ru.nl

Assessing the carbon footprint of a European-African collaborative malaria clinical trial (pdf, 596 kB) MSc

Steef Hanssen
s.hanssen@science.ru.nl,
Teun Bousema
(Radboud_UMC)
teun.bousema@radboudumc.nl

How to protect polar regions: Fate and accumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the warming Arctic (pdf, 18 kB) BSc MSc

Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl

Understanding environmental problems and identifying sustainable solutions by scaling of water, carbon, mineral and material flows in catchments, ecosystems and societies (pdf, 12 kB)

BSc MSc Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl

How can we use learning curves to predict future environmental impacts of new technologies? (pdf, 121 kB)

BSc MSc Mitchell_van_der_Hulst
M.vanderHulst@science.ru.nl
Mark_Huijbregts
M.Huijbregts@science.ru.nl

Estimating life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on (technical) characteristics of PV panels (pdf, 376 kB)

MSc Tine Dammeier
L.Dammeier@science.ru.nl
Mark_Huijbregts
M.Huijbregts@science.ru.nl

Emission of pollutants: From understanding time trends and regional patterns to predicting the future (pdf, 16 kB)

BSc MSc Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl
Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl

A quantitative comparison of ecological cycles and circular economy in environmental problems and sustainable solutions (pdf, 12 kB)

BSc MSc

Jan Hendriks
A.J.Hendriks@science.ru.nl
Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl

Can we mitigate climate change by replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy? (pdf, 229 kB)

BSc MSc

Steef_Hanssen
S.Hanssen@science.ru.nl
Mark_Huijbregts
M.Huijbregts@science.ru.nl

Update fate, exposure and effects model USES-LCA with latest research and perform model calculations (pdf, 146 kB)

BSc MSc

Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl

Health damage due to microbes: developing characterization factors for use in life cycle impact assessment (pdf, 78 kB) - MSc Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl
To model or not to model: applying the parsimony principle in fate and effect modelling of chemicals (pdf, 70 kB) - MSc Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl
Effect factors for saltwater toxicity compared to freshwater toxicity and its statistical uncertainties (pdf, 81 kB) BSc MSc Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl
Green chemistry, cradle to grave, or circular economy (pdf, 100 kB) - MSc Rosalie_van_Zelm
R.vanZelm@science.ru.nl


Last update: 22 September 2022