Early Stage Researchers and Research Topics
Name Research Interest
Collins Amoah – Antwi The project aims to develop an amendment programme for marginal and contaminated lands utilizing biochar and brown coal from agro-industrial waste products.
Domiziana Cristini The main focus of the project is to develop and test stable isotope based techniques for the identification and quantification of prevailing phosphorous/nitrogen transformation pathways in surface and subsurface catchments that are impacted by intense agricultural land use.
Priyanka Banerjee This doctoral study aims at bridging the existing knowledge gap with respect to P transport from agricultural soils through leaching by providing complete understanding and correct quantification of P fluxes in groundwater.
Izabela Bujak The aim of the research is to quantify C and N transport between compartments and scales in agricultural catchments, considering relevant hydrological and biochemical processes, using hydrogeochemical and stable isotope techniques.
Polyxeni Damala The main focus of this research project is the development and application of a monitoring device that will detect and monitor continuously agricultural contaminants (nitrate and/or other agrichemicals) in the groundwater.
Golnaz Asghari-Ezzati My PhD project will employ a combination of laboratory and field scale experiments for the development of a novel bioreactor technology to control excess nutrients at distinct delivery points e.g. from artificial drainage systems.
Alexandra Giber The research is focused on the quantitative determination of NO3 reduction potential and kinetics in sediments at catchment scale using hydrochemical, isotopic and in-situ monitoring concepts (links to ESR3, ESR4, https://www.ufz.de, http://www.eawag.ch). Another interest in the research is the development of validated process-based models to predict of NO3 trends and to optimize the spatial distribution of monitoring, required by the WFD (links to ESR5, ESR13, http://www.eawag.ch, https://www.ufz.de).
Olha Nikolenko This project could help to develop methodologies for the quantification greenhouse gases budgets and obtain valuable information regarding the dynamics of GHGs transfer in the groundwater systems and its controls.
Gisela Quaglia Under the Water Framework Directive, EU Member States should organise cost-effective measures to ensure sufficient quantity of good-quality water available for people’s needs and the environment. This research will evaluate the effect of different measures in multiple locations in a catchment setting.
Max Ramgraber My current work focuses on the delineation of reasonable Neumann boundary conditions for the study catchment. In the near future I plan to explore the potential of microbial fuel cells as biosensors under field conditions.
Bastian Saputra The objective of this research is to develop biosensor-based methodology to measure the bioavailability of heavy metals (HMs) and Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in contaminated soil treated by biochar.
Rosa Isabel Soria Penafiel Current population growth, as well as the industrialization is causing more pressure over agricultural land production. The intensification of agriculture is needed, however it is impossible to deny the negative effects it may cause: changes in soil structure and chemistry as well as a major shift in biological activity. I
Robin Weatherl My research focuses on groundwater contamination and transport within a catchment in Switzerland. This area is dominated by urban activity, industrial activity, and vast agricultural fields (crops, orchards, and pastures).
Madaline Young The objective of this project is to develop a spatially-explicit decision making framework, integrating technical options and actors at relevant scales for the selection of management approaches that minimize agricultural impacts on soil and groundwater.
Valeria Arenas Montaño The aim of ESR12, with support from NUI Galway and Teagasc, is to search for and test different alternatives of locally sourced materials that can recover nutrients from waste (in collaboration with ESR11) and can be safely applied back to land avoiding groundwater, surface water contamination and GHG emissions.

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