AEW-30806 Chemical Stress Ecology and Ecotoxicology


Studiepunten 6.00

Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. PJ van den Brink
Lecturer(s)F Gillissen
Msc ME Vollebregt
dr. ir. ETHM Peeters
dr. ir. EH van Nes
prof. dr. AA Koelmans
prof. dr. ir. PJ van den Brink
ir. TBM Dekkers
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PJ van den Brink

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

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


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 successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- perform ecotoxicological toxicity and bioassay experiments with non-standard test species;
- interpret the results of chemical fate and eco(toxico)logical models;
- perform microcosm and mesocosm experiment to evaluate effects on a food-web and interpret its results;
- perform an advanced  multivariate data analysis on chemical and biological monitoring data;
- design, perform and evaluate your own experiment to test a self-formulated hypothesis;
- conceptualise and organise experimental work  and its interpretation as a group.


- lecture attendance;
- experimentation in the lab and collecting animals in the field;
- analysis, interpretation and presentation of results of lab experiments;
- ecological modelling and multivariate statistics;
- reviewing literature; report writing.


Individual and group performance; reporting on experimentation in the lab, multivariate analysis and eco(toxico)logical modelling; individual presentation of results. Successful partial interim examinations remain valid for a period of three years.


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

Keuze voor: MESEnvironmental SciencesMScA: Spec. A - Environmental Quality5AF