Julie Tytgat

PhD student

Master in Biology

Joined the group in November 2020

Research project: Impact of weathered-like micro- and nanoplastics on the aquatic model systems S. mediterranea and D. magna.

Today, plastic is inescapable in our modern life. Over the last decade, plastic pollution became one of the most serious environmental issues. A subfraction of the plastic debris are micro-and nanoplastics (NMPs). These small particles are omnipresent in all waterbodies, where they will have an impact on aquatic organisms. However, an in-depth knowledge about their toxicity is still lacking. My research focus on the impact two freshwater organisms: Daphnia magna and Schmidtea mediterranea. In this way, I am able to tackle species-specific effects in function of a better understanding of the risk that NMPs pose on the aquatic environment.

My favorite quote: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

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