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Research Group

Main organisation:Department of Biology
Lifecycle:1 Jan 2022 →  Today
Organisation profile:The new research group ECOSPHERE has grown organically from the former ECOBE (Ecosystem Management) and the SPHERE (Systemic Physiological and Ecotoxicological Research) groups and combines the strengths of the available expertise in fundamental and applied research in aquatic ecology, and in aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicology and ecophysiology. Our research group aims to underpin environmental management decisions with fundamental knowledge at different levels of organisation: from cell to ecosystem. It combines laboratory experiments, field investigations and mathematical modelling and goes beyond the impact studies towards solution-based research (mitigation and nature-based solutions). We focus on the interactions between organisms and physicochemical factors on all levels of biological organisation. Our main research themes are 1) Integrated water management; 2) Water and soil risk assessment; 3) Macro- and micronutrients for healthy ecosystems; 4) Bioavailability and accumulation of micro- and macro-contaminants; and 5) Physiological and molecular mechanisms of stress and toxicity of micro- and macro-contaminants.
Disciplines:Ecology, General biology, Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution, Environmental science and management