Research Team

Prof. Dr. Albert A. Koelmans

Bart Koelmans is a professor of Water and Sediment Quality at Wageningen University. His research interests are marine debris, microplastics and nanomaterials, sediment quality and remediation, and risk assessment of emerging chemicals for marine and freshwater ecosystems. For the TRAMP project, Bart is project leader and PhD project supervisor.

Prof. Dr. Annemarie van Wezel

Annemarie van Wezel (MSc Biology) is an experienced scientific researcher in the field of risk assessment and evaluation of environmental policy. She works at KWR Watercycle Research Institute en performs research in the field of chemical water quality and health, and she holds a parttime professorship at the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University. Annemarie is PhD project supervisor within the TRAMP project.

MSc. Svenja Mintenig

Svenja is involved in the TRAMP project as a PhD student at Utrecht University. She has a background in Marine Environmental Science, with a focus on ecology and analytical chemistry. During her PhD she is aiming to develop an analytical protocol that will be applied to examine nano- and microplastic in samples from freshwater systems. Also, Svenja is interested in processes that determine fate and behaviour of plastic particles in the environment or during water processing.

MSc. Paula Redondo Hasselerharm

Paula is involved in the TRAMP project as a PhD student at Wageningen University. With a MSc in Biology and a MSc in Water Quality Sciences and Techniques, Paula's work has been mostly focused on studying the effects of environmental stressors on the aquatic community in freshwater ecosystems. Her aim in the TRAMP project is to assess the effects of nano- and microplastics on freshwater organisms from individual to community level at different timescales.

MSc. Merel Kooi

Merel is involved in the TRAMP project as a PhD student at Wageningen University. She has a background in Hydrology, which she combined with a MSc thesis and an internship in marine plastic pollution. Her focus is on transport and fate modelling of plastic debris. She will develop different types of models such as mass balance and spatiotemporally explicit models. At the end of the project, Merel will combine all knowledge from the TRAMP project  into an environmental risk assessment for micro- and nanoplastic in the Dutch freshwater environment.  

MSc. Ellen Besseling

Ellen is involved in the TRAMP project as an advisor at Wageningen University. She has a background in Environmental Sciences and did her MSc thesis on marine plastic pollution. Her research focus is on fate and effects of plastic debris in the freshwater and marine environment. This includes fate modeling, the role of plastic as a vector of chemicals, and risk assessment of plastic debris in the marine environment. 

Dr. Stefan C. Dekker

Stefan Dekker is associate professor EcoHydrology and Sustainability at Utrecht University. His research interest is understanding how the hydrological cycle is changed during the Anthropocene and thereby tries to understand the interactions and feedbacks between biotic an abiotic processes. Stefan is PhD project supervisor within the TRAMP project.

Dr. Edwin Peeters

Edwin Peeters is Associate Professor at Chairgroup Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Wageningen University. The main topic of his research is the effect of multiple stressors on the functioning of aquatic organisms and ecosystems. He has a lot of experience in performing field studies, experimenting with macroinvertabrates and multivariate statistical analyses. His role in the TRAMP project is co-supervising Paula Redondo Hasselerharm.

Dr. Jeroen de Klein

Jeroen de Klein is Assistant Professor at the Chairgroup Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, Wageningen University. His research focus is the fate of nutrients and contaminants in surface waters, greenhouse gas emissions and water quality modelling. He has experience in performing experimental lab and field studies, and running ecological food web models. His role in the TRAMP project is advising on water quality and fate modelling.