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Ingrid Rijk

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher School/office: School of Science and Technology

Email: aW5ncmlkLnJpams7b3J1LnNl

Phone: +46 19 302364

Room: B3120

Ingrid Rijk
Research subject Research environments

About Ingrid Rijk

Ingrid Rijk is a postdoctoral researcher in toxicology and ecosystem ecology. The main focus of her work is to assess impacts and mitigate adverse effects of environmental contaminants in terrestrial ecosystems. The past years she mostly studied soil contaminants and their impact on soil health.


During the past 15 years Ingrid Rijk worked in academia and consultancy on different aspects of environmental pollution, e.g. risk assessment, addressing health and environmental impacts, and risk management. Heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are examples of groups of compounds she worked with.

In her PhD she investigated the effects of heavy metals on the soil ecosystem, especially the ability to provide “soil ecosystem functions” such as to sustain plant growth and nutrient cycling. These aspects are tightly bound to the activities of microbial communities.


-  Impact of contaminants on soil microbial communities

Soils are extremely complex and diverse ecosystems which are dynamic in space and time. This makes it challenging to address impacts on the soil environment. Stable isotope techniques (δ13C, δ15N) are used along with other plant, soil and microbial measures, enabling in-situ measures with isotopic tracers as well as integrative assessments.

-  Biochar as a soil remediation technique

Biochar has the potential to be used as a green and sustainable remediation technique for soil contaminants. Field and greenhouse experiments are set up to test the effectiveness of pollutant absorption and improvement of soil fertility.

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Articles in journals

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries