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Paul Van den Brink


Paul van den BrinkPaul J. Van den Brink
is a personal professor at the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group of Wageningen University and a senior scientist at the research institute Wageningen Environmental Research, both belonging to the Wageningen University and Research. At Wageningen University Paul chairs the chemical stress ecology group which currently consists of himself and 12 PhD students. For both affiliations, he is involved in supervising and executing international projects on assessing the ecological effects of contaminants like pesticides, veterinary medicines and personal and home care products as well as those of multiple stressors, including drought, nutrients and salinization. Other research topics are the development of effect models (e.g. individual based, meta-population models and ecoinformatics, expert base models), Traits based Ecological Risk Assessment (TERA) and ecological risk assessment of chemicals in the tropics. Since 1995, Paul van den Brink has published over 240 ISI-listed papers (h-index = 52), for three of which he won an international prize. He also co-edited five books. Paul currently coordinates the EU funded Integrative Training Network ECORISK2050 which studies the effects of global change on the emission, fate, effects and risks of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems. In 2006 Paul won the LRI-SETAC Innovative Science Award. He also organized and took part in many international workshops and courses. Paul van den Brink is presently a WIMEK board member which is part of the SENSE research school (www.sense.nl), an associate fellow of the Canadian River Institute, a honorary visiting professor at the University of York and a visiting professor at the South China Normal University. He is also a past-president of SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; www.setac.org) World and Europe and a SETAC Fellow.

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Main collaborators

Andreu Rico

Andreas Focks

Frederik de Laender

Edwin Peeters

Ivo Roessink

Egbert van Nes

Hauke Smidt

Guang-Guo Ying

Nico van den Brink

Steven Declerck
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PhD students and PostDocs

Dailing Wu (PhD). Effects of antibiotics on aquatic ecosystems. Co-supervised by Hauke Smidt and Guang-Guo Ying.

Kaisheng Yao (PhD). Effects of pesticides and down-the-drain chemicals on sub-tropical aquatic ecosystems. Co-supervised by Guang-Guo Ying.

Elien Versteegen (PhD). Sublethal effects of psychotropics on aquatic species, populations and ecosystems, how relevant are subtle effects for real-world ecosystems? Co-supervised by Edwin Peeters and Ivo Roessink.

Aafke Saarloos (PhD). Chemical threats en route: risks of contaminants for migratory birds. Based at sub-department of Toxicology. Supervised by Nico van den Brink.

Shuwen Han (PhD). Facing interactive effects of multiple stressors in a changing world: possibilities and limitations of rapid microevolutionary adaptation. Based at NIOO. Supervised by Steven Declerck

Annika Mangold-Döring (PhD). Modelling effects of global change induced alterations of biological community composition on vulnerability to chemicals. Co-supervised by Egbert van Nes and Andreas Focks.

Markus Hermann (PhD). Understanding the relationships between increased CO2 and temperature and community effects of chemicals. Co-supervised by Edwin Peeters.

Anna Huang (PhD). Mechanisms of toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides towards aquatic arthropod species. Co-supervised by Nico van den Brink and Ivo Roessink.

Lara Schuijt (PhD). Effect-directed monitoring tools to assess ecological and human health risks of chemicals of emerging concern in the water cycle. Co-supervised by Hauke Smidt.

Naisheng Zhang (PhD). Assessing the effects of chemicals in untreated household wastewater on the ecosystems of rivers in China. Co-supervised by Guang-Guo Ying.

Jadipa Khatikarn (PhD). Assessing the effects of chemicals in untreated household wastewater on the ecosystems of rivers in Thailand.

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MSc students

Sebastiaan Meeuwsen (internship). Effects of drought on macroinvertebrates.

Nicolas Arauxo (internship). Predicting the sensitivity of vertebrates to chemicals using their traits and phylogeny.

Erik Algra (thesis). Assessing the effects of neonicotinoids on aquatic invertebrate populations.

Sining Li (thesis). Effects of chemicals used in aquaculture on marine organisms.

Chong Zhang (thesis). Chronic toxicity of flupyradifurone to aquatic invertebrates.

Liesbeth van der Veen (thesis). Psychopharmaceutic effects on the behaviour of organisms in aquatic ecosystems.

Anne Vonk (thesis). Effects of pharmaceuticals on aquatic invertebrates.

Sining Li (internship). Bioconcentration and elimination of prometyn in tilapia (Oreochromis spp.).

Huitong Guan (thesis). Effects of temperature on the sensitivity of aquatic arthropods towards neonicotinoids.

Anne Vonk (internship). Assessing water quality by evaluating the relationships between chemical stressors, aquatic communities and bioassays: evaluating data sets collected by the Dutch Waterboards.

Ann Evarita (thesis). Multiple stressor effects of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid, elevated temperature fluctuations, and repeated heatwaves on a freshwater zooplankton community.

Mawuli Amekor (thesis). The effects of elevated temperatures, multiple heatwaves and imidacloprid on the physiology of benthic macroinvertebrates and aquatic ecosystems.

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Alumni

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Visiting Scientists

Ana Roberta Lima de Miranda (2017). Effects of composted tannery sludge on soil bacterial community over time. Research stay at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Ming Sun (2015). pH-dependent toxicity of ionizable pharmaceuticals and personal care products to freshwater invertebrates. Research stay at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Sevil Dündar (2015). Modelling of the chemical fate, uptake and bioaccumulation modelling for PAHs and PCBs in aquatic invertebrates. Research stay at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Lucas Bueno Mendes (2015). Aquatic ecological risk assessment and ecotoxicological studies in tropical ecosystem. Research stay at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Jaber Aazami (2014). Monitoring and assessment of water health quality in the Tajan River, Iran using physicochemical, fish and macroinvertebrates indices. Research stay at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Chris Hickey (2013). The utility of traits-based approaches to assess the effects of chemical stressors in freshwater ecosystems. Research stay at Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

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PostDoc

Sanne van den Berg (2020). Assessing spatial and temporal variability in species assemblages and potential implications for chemical risk assessments. PostDoc project Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Bo Cheng (2018). Effects of chemicals used in aquaculture on marine benthic ecosystems. PostDoc project Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Sally Bracewell (2017 – 2018). Fate and effects of personal care ingredients in freshwater ecosystems. PostDoc project Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Andreas Focks (2011 – 2013). Extrapolating from local to regional effects of chemical stressors: Combining distributed population models with realistic spatio-temporal pesticide exposure patterns. PostDoc project Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

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PhD

Zhao Qinghua (2021). The influence of horizontal and vertical biodiversity on the effects of stressors on aquatic ecosystems. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Lemessa Merga (2021). Impacts of anthropogenic activities on the ecology and ecosystem service delivery of Lake Ziway, Ethiopia. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Sanne van den Berg (2020). Improving cross-species extrapolation of chemical sensitivity. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Michael Onwona-Kwakye (2020). Pesticide-induced environmental risks: A field study in Ghana. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Fengjiao Peng (2018). Ecological risks of personal care ingredients for subtropical benthic communities. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Kizar Ahmed Sumon (2018). Effects of insecticides on aquatic ecosystems in Bangladesh. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Jacqueline Augusiak (2016). Improving communication and validation of ecological models – A case study on the dispersal of aquatic macroinvertebrates. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Berhan Teklu (2016). Environmental risk assessment of pesticides in Ethiopia: A case of surface water systems. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Concillia Monde (2016). Impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the trophic interactions of molluscivores and Schistosoma host snails. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Mauricio Rocha Dimitrov (2016). Assessing the effects of chemicals on aquatic microbial ecosystems. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Noel Diepens (2015). Evaluation of test methods for measuring toxicity to sediment organisms. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Andreu Rico (2014). Environmental risk assessment of veterinary medicines used in Asian aquaculture. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Mazhar Iqbal Zafar (2012). Extrapolation of effects of pesticides on aquatic communities and ecosystems across different exposure patterns. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Nika Galic (2012). Assessing recovery potential of aquatic macroinvertebrate populations using ecological models. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Tahla Ansara-Ross (2011). Environmental and human risk in pesticide use in Southern Africa. PhD thesis University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mascha N. Rubach (2010). Predicting the response of aquatic invertebrates to stress using species traits and stressor mode of action. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Stephen J. Maund (2009). The aquatic ecotoxicology of the synthetic pyrethroids: from laboratory to landscape. PhD Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Michiel A. Daam (2007). Influence of climatic factors and microcosm complexity on the fate and effects of pesticides. PhD Thesis Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.

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MSc students

Jiayu Zhao (2020). Effects of gender and habitat structure on the swimming velocity of the Amphipod Gammarus pulex. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Asmita Dubey (2020). Interactions of agricultural systems with catchments and wetlands types. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Chantal van Drimmelen (2020). Modelling the effects of diphenhydramine on different parameters of zebrafish (Danio rerio) throughout its life-cycle. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Muhammad Bhuiyan (internship). Trends of emerging contaminants on the aquatic ecosystem of South Asia: A review on ecological assessment of pharmaceuticals and pesticides

Michelle Jansen (thesis). Ecological responses of an aquatic community to multiple stressors.

Jiayu Zhao (2020). DNA barcoding and metabarcoding in zooplankton ecology: A review. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Asmita Dubey (2020). Behaviour analysis of selected aquatic species in response to exposure to fluoxetine. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Chantal van Drimmelen (2020). The impact of fluoxetine and sulfamethoxazole on the behaviour Gammarus pulex and its possible implications for other freshwater ecosystem species. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Olaf Kattenpoel Oude Heerink (2019). Environmental impact assessment:  The impact of copper antifoulants and therapeutants on the benthic species biodiversity surrounding Norwegian salmon farms. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Achmad Fuad Fathurrahman (2018). Effects of multiple stressors on freshwater ecosystem. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Marie Darracq-Ghitalla-Ciock (2018). Effects of salinisation on the sensitivity and the toxicokinetics of chlorantraniliprole in aquatic invertebrates. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Achmad Fuad Fathurrahman (2018). Effects of aquaculture on surrounding ecosystems and their biodiversity. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Rody Blom (2017). The effects of chronic exposure to imidacloprid on aquatic isopod (Asellus aquaticus) populations. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Renske Anema (2017). Grand Lake Meadows Ecological Functioning Project. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Tom Nederstigt (2017). Interactive Effects of Salinization and Toxicant Stress on Freshwater Ecosystem Structure and Functioning. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Chanistya Ayu Purnomo (2017). Effects of long term exposure to imidacloprid on Asellus aquaticus and Gammarus pulex populations. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Fionne Kiggen (2017). The fate and effects of personal care ingredients in subtropical and tropical sediments: the importance of sediment-dwelling invertebrates for degradation. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Silke Vollbrecht (2017). The effect of chemicals on different complex ecosystems. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Kevin Ouwerkerk (2017). Effects of a personal and home care product on the structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Kevin Ouwerkerk (2017). The effect of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on the acute toxicity of copper and zinc for different freshwater species. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Maxime Kole (2016). Ecological responses of an aquatic community to the fungicide fluazinam and desiccation. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Lara Hermann (2016). Aquatic zooplankton and macroinvertebrate diversity of perennial pans in the Barberspan bird sanctuary, South Africa. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Lara Hermann (2016). Individual and combined effects of drought and the fungicide fluazinam on aquatic ecosystem structure and functioning. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Jasper van Smeden (2016). Interaction and individual effects of drought and fluazinam on aquatic ecosystem functioning. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Daphne de Gelder (2016). Internship report Dutch Water Authority Rivierenland. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Daphne de Gelder (2016). Exposure-specific species sensitivity distributions for the ecological risk assessments of chemicals. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Sanne Bink (2016). Internship report Dutch Water Authority Rivierenland. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Rahmat Duker (2015).Assessment of ecological status of lagoon ecosystems. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Rahmat Duker (2015). Influence of pH on the sensitivity of aquatic invertebrates to ionisable pharmaceuticals and personal care products. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Shuozhao Sun (2015). Assessing changes in benthic sediment characteristics in association with storm water inputs. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Muzhi Sun (2015). Modeling single-species population dynamics and food web dynamics at large spatial scales. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Ellard van Eekelen (2015). The influence of agriculturally used pesticides on macro-invertebrate biodiversity in Costa Rica. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Wiebe Dierick (2015). Imidacloprid toxicity experiments: time-varying exposure experiments on aquatic invertebrates. BSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Chenwen Wang (2015). Validating existing ecological population models for chemical risk assessment. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Wenkai Zhao (2015). Toxicity of  antibiotics (enrofloxacin) to algal species and its impact on competition. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Isaac Nyameke (2015). The fate and effects of oxytetracycline in fish ponds: a case study from Ghana. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Isaac Nyameke (2015). Pesticide induced environmental and human health risks: a field study in Ghana. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Sylvan Klein (2014). Interaction between stress induced by competition and an insecticide on the response of aquatic invertebrates. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Marie Trijau (2014). Modelling the effect of chemicals on two competing populations of freshwater invertebrates. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Rozemarijn Neefjes (2014). Ecotoxicological risks of heavy metals in the Nam Pong River Basin, Khon Kaen province, Northeast Thailand. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Alie Stegerman (2014). Long –term trend analyses of benthic fauna in the Askö-Landsort area. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Jasper van Smeden (2014). Acute and chronic toxicity of neonicotinoids to mayfly nymphs. BSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Bas Buddendorf (2014). An agent-based model for the cockle in the Burry Inlet, South Wales. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Ranjana Bhatta (2013). Learning NetLogo program and its application to study dispersal induced recovery of macroinvertebrate population. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Robel Bekele (2013). Acute and chronic toxicity of neonicotinoids to mayfly nymphs. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Lemessa Merga (2013). Non-Lethal Heat Shock (NLHS) induced cross-tolerance of parthenogenetic Artemia spp. generations against metal stress Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Pramina Nakarmi (2012). Effects of landscape heterogeneity and sublethal pesticide exposure on movement behaviour of Gammarus pulex. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Ranjana Bhatta (2012). Analysis of result from higher tier risk assessment methods and the relation of their threshold values with results from lower tier for insecticides. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Margot Andreu (2012). Assessment of the fate and effects of antibiotics on freshwater ecosystems surrounding catfish farms in the Mekong delta (Vietnam). MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Alba Sánchez (2012). Assessing the role of DOC released by macrophytes, algae and sediments on pesticide adsorption. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Lemessa Merga (2012). Acute and chronic toxicity of the pesticide imidacloprid towards freshwater arthropods. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Bart de Vreede (2011). Effects of the antibiotic oxytetracycline on tropical freshwater ecosystems. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Alba Sánchez (2011). Comparing the sensitivity of Lemna spp. to herbicides and plant growth inhibitors with that of non-standard macrophytes. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Noel Diepens (2010). Effect of pesticides used in banana and pineapple plantations on aquatic ecosystems in Costa Rica. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Allart Kooiman (2009). Can habitat selection structure communities? MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Martine Vernooij (2009). Risk assessment of pesticide use in Uzbekistan. Internship Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Andreu Rico (2008). Effect of pesticides on freshwater ecosystems in the Amazon: a comparison of sensitivity with temperate data. MSc Thesis Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.