AEW-30806 Chemical Stress Ecology

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture10
Practical60
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. PJ van den Brink
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. PJ van den Brink
prof. dr. AA Koelmans
F Gillissen
dr. ir. ETHM Peeters
Msc ME Vollebregt
dr. ir. EH van Nes
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PJ van den Brink

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

TOX-30806 Environmental Toxicology; AEW-31306 Water Quality or AEW-30306 Ecology: Classics and Trends.

Contents:

This course focuses on the fate of toxic compounds and their effects on populations and ecosystems. It deals with the assessment of both exposure and ecological effects, and their interconnection. Main subjects are exposure on higher biological organisation levels, ecological effects, bio-monitoring, risk assessment of anthropogenic stressors and natural stressors like cyanotoxins, and multiple stresses.

Learning outcomes:

After the course the student will be able to:
- perform exposure and bioaccumulation experiments;
- perform ecotoxicological experiments with non-standard test species;
- perform in vivo bioassays to assess effects on behaviour of organisms;
- perform experiments on the effects of chemicals on food-webs;
- interpret the results of chemical fate and ecological models;
- interpret data from microcosm and mesocosm experiments;
- perform an advanced data analysis on chemical and biological monitoring data;
- perform advanced exposure, effect and risk assessments of chemicals in ecosystems.

Activities:

- lecture attendance;
- experimentation in the lab;
- analysis, interpretation and presentation of results of lab experiments;
- reviewing literature; report writing.

Examination:

Lecture attendance; experimentation in the lab; analysis, interpretation and presentation of results of lab experiments; reviewing literature; report writing. Successful partial interim examinations remain valid for a period of three years.

Literature:

A manual and lecture notes will be distributed during the course.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc5AF