The toxicity of a pollutant for an organism is determined by its bioavailability in the environment and the route of uptake by food, soil, or pore water. We study the effect of toxicants on survival, growth and reproduction of soil organisms. Responses at the individual level are translated to effects on populations, communities and ecosystem function using multi-generational exposure studies. We aim to use results of ecotoxicological studies and biomarker tests for the risk assessment of chemicals in the environment.

Student projects

  • Adaptation of soil invertebrates to metals (see our research on Ecological Genomics)
  • Exposure of the springtail Folsomia candida to chemical mixtures in soil. Uptake and effects assessment
  • Long term effects of PAHs in the springtail Folsomia candida (voor Nederlands klik hier)
  • Relevantie van poriewater als opnameroute van metalen in springstaarten en invloed van andere cation op opname (only in Dutch)
  • Uptake- and elimination kinetics of Cd in earthworms and enchytraeids (voor Nederlands klik hier)


More information: Dr. Ir. Kees van Gestel
Check also the list of Internships at the Institute of Ecological Sciences.

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