The research is multidisciplinary (environmental engineering, environmental chemistry and aquatic ecology) and ranges from the laboratory scale (detailed process studies) to the scale of actual ecosystems (field studies). The multidisciplinary expertise of the team comes together in the development of integrated models for ecosystem and water quality management. The research approach thus is quantitative with a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art statistical and modelling techniques.
Three main areas of research are identified:
The effects of biota on the transport and fate of micropollutants and nutrients
The effects of substances on the functioning and biodiversity of natural aquatic communities
The feedbacks between physical dynamics (flow conditions, turbulence) and biota in aquatic systems
Students can learn more about the education and research programme of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group by visiting their website.