ESR9 – Chronic impacts of REE in a bentho-pelagic food web

ESR 9 - Chantal Van Drimmelen

The Early Stage Reasercher (ESR) for this research topic is Chantal Van Drimmelen.

Hello, I am Chantal van Drimmelen and received my BSc in Applied Biology at HAS University of Applied Science in 2018 and went on to complete my Master of Science in Biology at the Wageningen University and Research. I did the minor marine biology where I specialized in ecotoxicology as part of my MSc degree.

During my MSc thesis, I further developed my interest in ecotoxicology. I worked on the impact of fluoxetine and sulfamethoxazole on the abundance and community composition of macroinvertebrates with a focus on Gammarus pulex.

Within the field of ecotoxicology, I believe there is still a lot to discover about the risks of contaminants on a multitude of species and the environment.

Doing a PhD with a strong focus on the environmental effects of contaminants feels like a continuation and great addition to my previous research experience. I am therefore very excited to work within the PANORAMA Project on my PhD “Chronic impacts of REE in a bentho-pelagic food web” which will be carried out at the HAW Hamburg in cooperation with the University of the West of Scotland.”

This Early Stage Researcher will be hosted in Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Haw Hamburg) and supervised by Susanne Heise (Haw Hamburg), Andrew Hursthouse (University of the West of Scotland) and Laure Giamberini (Université de Lorraine).

This research topic focuses on the chronic impacts of REE in a bentho-pelagic food web. The aim is to identify chronic impacts on multiple biological species in a simulated environment. Hence benthic organisms are likely to be exposed to REE, it is also possible, due to the coupling of the benthic and pelagic habitat, that pelagic systems might be affected.

This project aims at the development of simple food web model for one light and one heavy REE. 

Three secondments are planned:

  • University of the West of Scotland (two months): sediment REE analysis;
  • SCK•CEN (two months): chemical speciation modelling; 
  • Université de Lorraine (five months): mesocosms experimentation.

The researcher will be enrolled in a Doctoral degree in the University of the West of Scotland.