Team

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Bart Koelmans

Expert in the field of plastic pollution and scientific advisor in several international organizations such as the World Health Organization, United Nations and European Union.

 

His main interests and specializations are on the fate, effect and risk assessment of plastic (macro-, micro- and nanoplastic) pollution for the environment and human health.

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Svenja Mintenig

(Postdoctoral fellow)

Analytical chemist specializing in instruments and techniques to detect micro- and nanoplastics in different environmental compartments (sediment, water and biota).

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Merel Kooi

(PhD fellow)

Expert in theoretical concepts related to plastic pollution and modelling transport and fate of microplastics in the freshwater environment. Her main interests also include plastic biofouling and ocean modelling.

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Vera de Ruiter
(PhD fellow)

Ecotoxicologist specializing in effects of micro- and nanoplastics on marine and freshwater organisms and risk assessments of plastic pollution on the environment. Her interests also include car tire dusts and associated chemicals.

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Berte Mekonen Belay
(PhD fellow)

Ecotoxicologist specializing in effects of macro- and microplastics on trophic interaction between species and ecosystem functioning. He performs large scale mesocosm experiments on plastic pollution.

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Wang Siting
(PhD fellow)

Analytical chemist focusing on the occurrence, fate and implications of microplastics on environmental and human health in a suite of drinking water sources. Her fieldwork takes place in China and the Netherlands, focusing on the rivers Yangtze and the Rhine respectively.

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Dung Thuy Nguyen
(PhD fellow)

Environmental chemist focusing on detection and impact of microplastics in agriculture soil.

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Collaborators and alumni

PhD graduate & collaborator

Project: Development of human exposure probabilistic modelling framework for microplastics

PhD graduate & collaborator

PhD thesis: Effect assessment of nano- and microplastics in freshwater ecysostems (2020). 

PhD graduate & collaborator 

Collaborator

Project: Effects of aged polyethylene microplastics on aquatic organisms

Affiliation: Alcalá University

Changgui Pan

Collaborator

Project: Microplastic occurrence in a freshwater food web

Affiliation: Guangxi University

Ellen Besseling

PhD graduate

PhD thesis: Micro- and nanoplastics in the aquatic environment: from rivers to whales (2018).