Consortium Members

Partners MSCA Innovative Training Network CHRONIC

Nico van den Brink

Wageningen University – Netherlands

Dr. Nico van den Brink (male) is associate professor Environmental Toxicology at the sub-department of Toxicology of Wageningen University. His main research interests are in the field of wildlife toxicology and on mechanisms of toxicity leading to non-standard endpoints like behaviour and immunomodulation. He has 20+ years of experience in scientific research, including several fieldtrips to Antarctica and the Arctic. He has supervised several PhD-students, currently 9. To date, he has published 80+ peer reviewed papers and recently edited a book on Risks on Rodenticides to Wildlife. He has extensive scientific leadership from different EU-funded projects on nanomaterials: NanoFASE (WP-lead; H2020-NMP-2014/14-646002), MARINA (Task Lead; FP7-NMP4-LA-2011-263215). He is founding member of the SETAC-World Wildlife Toxicology Interest Group and has been the co-chair of the EU-US Communities of Research on Ecotoxicity (NanoSafetCluster, 2016-2019). Currently he is vice-chair of the programme on Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors of SETAC Europe ( and board member of International Board of Environmental Risk Assessors. He participates in the European Raptor Biomonitoring Facility Cost action ( Within Chronic he will supervise two ESRs on effects of chronic exposures to great tits (Parus major, ESR5 and ESR13). He is also Manager of Research within the Chronic-consortium.

David Spurgeon

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – United Kingdom

Prof David Spurgeon’s research focusses on understanding the ecotoxicological effects of contaminants including metals, nanomaterials, microplastics, persistent organic pollutants and pesticides on invertebrate species. Current projects included research to investigate the mechanistic effects of pesticides mixtures for terrestrial species, nanomaterial risk assessment, microplastics and plasticiser detection in soils and freshwater and groundwater risks for trace pollutants, plasticisers and plant protection products. Within Chronic he will supervise two ESRs on effects of multi-generation effects of chemicals on nematode physiology and ecology and on the detection and mechanistic attribution of synergistic interactions in chemical mixtures. He is also Manager of Manager of Innovation & Networking within the Chronic-consortium.

Olof Berglund

Lunds Universitet – Sweden

Olof Berglund, Senior lecturer at the Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden.

My research interests cover the environmental influence on contaminant transport and uptake, and the ecological effects of contaminants on populations, communities and ecosystems. The drivers of my research are the needs to accurately predict exposure and effects of contaminants at ecosystem level to enable scientifically sound ecological risk assessments of past, present and future chemicals released from anthropogenic activities. A future goal of our research is to enable extrapolation of effects of contaminants at individual level, to population, community and ecosystem level. That would enable assessment and risk management at the level of our protection goals.

Susana Loureiro

Universidade de Aveiro – Portugal

Dr. Susana Loureiro (♀) is an assistant professor with habilitation at the department of biology, University of Aveiro. Her research focus on the toxicity and fate of emerging contaminants in the environment and on the combined effects of chemicals in a global change perspective. She has participated in several national and international funded projects, that rely on regulatory frameworks like REACH, the Water Framework Directive and the Water Law, and her expertise on aquatic ecotoxicity testing and approaches related to mixture toxicity are often required in this type of projects. She is the coordinator of the Thematic line of Ecology and Functional Biodiversity at the CESAM- Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, UAVR. She coordinates a research team of 25 people at the laboratory applEE- Applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology. She has co-authored > 175 ISI papers with > 3500 citations (H-index=28) and 4 book chapters. She has been involved in several EU-funded projects: on nanomaterials, like NanoFATE (WP-lead; FP7), NanoFASE (FP7), NanoFARM (ERANET SIINN; FP7); on chemical mixtures in freshwater systems, like NoMiracle (FP6); WE-NEED (Water-JPI). She is one of the Portuguese committee members of the EDAPHOBASE Cost Action, and she is actively involved in the Soil Portuguese Partnership (linked with the Global Soil Partnership and the European Soil Partnership). She is the Manager of Training in the Chronic-consortium.

Martin Holmstrup

Aarhus Universitet – Denmark

Martin Holmstrup is professor of soil zoology at Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University. His research is focused on the ecophysiology of soil invertebrates. In the CHRONIC project, he will contribute with research on the interactions between environmental contaminants and natural stressors.

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Renaud Scheifler

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté – France

Dr. Renaud Scheifler (male) is lecturer of Environmental Toxicology and Ecology at Chrono-environnement (, a research department of University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC, Besançon, eastern France, His main research interests are in the field of wildlife toxicology and stress ecology, and aim at understanding the mechanisms involved in transfer and impacts of pollutants (metals, pesticides, radionuclides) and pathogens, and their interactions, in terrestrial food webs. He has 20+ years of experience in scientific research, including many fieldtrips to Europe, Africa and Asia. He has supervised 13 PhD-students and post-doc fellows. To date, he has published around 70 peer reviewed papers. He is founding member of the SETAC-World Wildlife Toxicology Interest Group. He his also headteacher of the international Master “Ecology, Monitoring and Management of Ecosystems” (Master EMME, and director of the Graduate School TRANSBIO ( of UBFC. Within Chronic, he will supervise one ESR on immune modulatory effects of chronic exposure of small mammals to trace metals, and implications for prevalence of zoonotic diseases (ESR6).

Martina Vijver

Universiteit Leiden – Netherlands

Prof. dr. ing. Martina G. Vijver is professor of Ecotoxicology within the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University. Her research is focused to understand and quantify how much human activities impact ecosystems. Her passion is to use a field representative setting and to account for dynamics in fate, uptake and responses. Data collection in CHRONIC will be done following different approaches; from lab-derived experiments, to outdoor mesocosms, to in situ experiments in the field. 

Roman Ashauer

Syngenta Crop Protection AG – Switserland

Roman is an environmental scientist and is particularly interested in ecotoxicology and computer modelling. His research improves our understanding of the effects of chemicals in the environment by combining field and laboratory experiments with theory and computation. After a career in academia he joined Syngenta Crop Protection AG in 2019. More information at

Nele Horemans

Belgian Nuclear Research Center – Belgium

Prof. Dr. Nele Horemans. I am a biologist and did my PhD in 1997 on the role of vitamin C in plants. Since 2008 I work at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) where I now lead a research group studying the impact of radiation on the environment. My research focuses on plants and crops and their long term response to environmental relevant doses of radiation or radionuclides. I am also a guest lecturer at University of Hasselt teaching in ecotoxicology, radiotoxicity and on experimental design of field studies. 

Jesper Givskov Sørensen

Aarhus University – Denmark

Jesper Givskov Sørensen is professor in evolutionary genetics at Department of Biology, Aarhus University. His research is focused on small ectotherms and particular interests include evolutionary adaptation, mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity, environmental stress (primarily thermal biology and some ecotoxicology) using comparative approaches, experimental evolution and molecular tools.

Stine Slotsbo

Aarhus University – Denmark

 Dr. Stine Slotsbo is Associate professor in Ecophysiology and Ecotoxicology of soil invertebrates at the Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University. Stine is an experienced ecophysiologist with particular interest in the interaction between toxicants and natural stressors. Her focus within natural stressors is temperature and moisture, including simulation of natural temperature fluctuations and different moisture regimes. She finds it inspiring to study how interactions among stressors affect underlying physiological mechanisms. 

Henriette Selck

Roskilde Universitet – Denmark

Dr. Henriette Selck is professor of sediment ecotoxicology at the department of Science and Environment of Roskilde University, Denmark. Her research is centered on contaminant fate and effects (both inorganic and organic) in the aquatic environment. Of particular interest is processes affecting bioavailability and bioaccumulation of sediment-associated contaminants, the interaction between multiple stressors including chemicals, environmental parameters (e.g., food variability) and climate change (e.g., temperature changes), and non-standard endpoints such as behavior. H Selck has a track record of funding and have been co-applicant on a number of successful national and international applications e.g.,: Villum Fonden, Marie Curie Individual Fellowship grant, Fulbright Scholarship, EUs 7the Framework grants and several Industry projects. She has considerable educational and scientific leadership: Head of studies for the Master program in Environmental Risk; Head of the Ph.D-school, GESS; Appointed i) board member by the Research Council of Norway-MiljøForsk; ii) member of HESI Bioaccumulation Committee’s Steering Team (2015-); iii) EU chair of the EU-US collaborative initiatives on nanomaterials; iv) chair of the scientific evaluation board at NATOs Environmental Security Panel. Invited expert at e.g., ECHA. H Selck has supervised 11 postgraduate scholars, 8 PhD students and more than 30 master thesis projects, currently 1 post.doc, 1 PhD student, and 4 master students (focusing on fate and effects of pharmaceuticas in the aquatic environment). Within Chronic she will be main supervisor for two ESRs on effects of chronic exposures to sediment-dwelling organisms (ESR1 and ESR7). She is also coordinator of the CHRONIC consortium.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956009