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Martina Vijver

Professor of Ecotoxicology

Name
Prof.dr.ing. M.G. Vijver
Telephone
+31 71 527 1487
E-mail
vijver@cml.leidenuniv.nl

Her research field is in Ecotoxicology. Obtaining realistic predictions and measurements of how existing and emerging chemical stressors potentially affect our natural environment and the organisms living therein is essential to provide the necessary tools to assess and mitigate ecosystem threats.

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Leader of the research line "Chemical stressors and impacts on biodiversity"

Brief summary of research over the last years

Her research field is in Ecotoxicology. Obtaining realistic predictions and measurements of how existing and emerging chemical stressors potentially affect our natural environment and the organisms living therein is essential to provide the necessary tools to assess and mitigate ecosystem threats. While the basic idea is straightforward, attaining reliable estimates on the fate, the actual uptake and effects of chemicals on species and their overall effect on ecosystems has proven to be notoriously challenging. This research line is aimed is to predict the impact of environmental stressors across increasing environmental complexity and spatiotemporal scales.

Her passion is to work on these innovative challenges in which some aspects are a must for her: that is a. field representative setting and accounting for dynamics is key, b. the whole chain of fate and behaviour, uptake and elimination, responses should be considered, c. preferably quantitative, d. integrative. Data collection will be done following different approaches, ranging from lab-derived experiments, to outdoor mesocosms, to in situ experiments in the field, monitoring data and secondary data analyses. She applies an ecosystems approach in part of our work, next to work at the individual species level, and maintain  mechanistic work using sub-cellular and molecular level (see http://ecotox.science.leidenuniv.nl) using diverse communities and ecosystems. For all research, models are derived using the topic specific knowledge on processes and mechanisms.

Focus currently: engineered nanomaterials, pesticides, metals, microplastics

PhD-students of which Martina is co-promotor+ daily supervisor

Period

PhD student

Project title

Funding

2018-2022 O.Burggraaff Developing a water quality tool based on optical screening useful for citizen science EU-H2020
2018-2022 P. Wassenaar Meta-analysis and grouping of chemicals enabling predictive toxicity modelling NWO
2017-2021 B. Brinkmann The impacts of nanoparticles on microbiome and host EU-H2020
2017-2021 T.Nederstigt Multigeneration and food chain effects after chronic exposure to nanoparticles EU_H2020

2017-2021  

J. Wu

Fate and effect assessment of engineered nanomaterials in terrestrial systems

CSC

2017-2021

Q. Yu

Transfer of engineered nanomaterials in the food chain

CSC

2017-2021

C.F. Blanco

Life Cycle Assessment  and environmental impact assessment of the next generation of c-SI based Tandem Solar cells

EU-H2020

2016-2018

A. Horton

Microplastics emissions distribution and impacts

CEH-UK

2015-2019

G. Pallas

Life Cycle Analysis and Cost Analysis of nanowires in Photovoltaic Cells including environmental risks

EU-H2020

2015-2019

Y. Zhai

Determining the fate and exposure of nanoparticles, mimicking the natural system, so-called field conditions

CSC

2015-2019

S.H. Barmentlo

Impact of chemical induced effects on aquatic communities in the field

NWO

2014-2018

M. van Pomeren

Incorporating traits approach in metal toxicity assessment allowing read across to untested species

NWO

   

Successfull PhD-candidates

Period PhD student Thesis title Funding

2013-2017

Y. Xiao

Fate, accumulation and ecotoxicity of copper nanoparticles under environmentally relevant conditions

CSC

2013-2017

G. Chen

The use of computational toxicology in hazard assessment of engineered nanomaterials

CSC

2011-2015

Y. Liu

Development of a methodology for predicting metal-mixture effects in soil

CSC

2011-2015

J. Hua

Determining dose metrics for size dependence CuNPs to zebrafish embryos

CSC

2010-2014

O. Ieromina

Quantifying field-relevant factors in pesticides effect assessment

EU Marie Curie

2010-2014

L. Song

Metal-NPs: does chemical or physical characteristics matter?

EU Marie Curie

2010-2014

H. Qiu

Development of Biotic Ligand Models for terrestrial species, specific focus on earthworms

CSC

2009-2013

A.J. Verschoor

Optimization and implementation of Biotic Ligand Models in fresh water ecosystems

Deltares

2009-2012

T.T. Yen Le

Bioaccumulation and toxicity predictions of metals following the Biotic Ligand Modelling and the Electrostatic Toxicity Model

Radboud Univ.

   

Other staff 

Period Name Research Funding

2011-2012

C. Eckstein

MSc - Starting nanoparticle fate and response studies

EU Marie Curie

2014-2016

W. Veneman

Technical researcher and analist – imaging techniques

Faculty

2014-2016

E.R.  Hunting

Post doc aquatic ecology

NWO

2015-2018

J. Baas

Post doc theoretical modeller

EU Marie Curie

2016-2019

N.R. Brun

Post doc nano-effects and distribution

NWO VIDI

2016-2017

R. Heutink

Technician lab

Cell Observatory

2016 -2018

E. Baalbergen

Technician and animal care taker

Project funding + UWV

2016-2018

D. Arenas-Lago

Post doc nano fate in water

Galician regional government, Spain

Professor of Ecotoxicology

  • Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
  • Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden
  • CML/Conservation Biology

Work address

Van Steenis Building
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A304

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