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Meyers, Nelle


Nelle started her PhD research project after having obtained a Master’s degree in general biology (evolution - biodiversity) and after finishing the International Master of Science in Marine Biological Sciences (conservation - applied marine ecology), both at Ghent University. She has always been intrigued by the marine environment and is committed to helping solve environmental issues using creative, innovative techniques. Currently Nelle works within the Andromeda project, a JPI Oceans research project that combines the expertise and know-how of scientists from 15 research institutes from 11 countries to develop and optimize methodologies used in microplastics research. Nelle’s work centers around the development and optimization of time and cost-efficient methods to detect nano-and microplastics in seawater, marine sediments and marine organisms. Among other things, she makes use of a straightforward and efficient technique that uses fluorescent dyes like Nile Red to label plastic particles and that allows to quickly detect, identify and quantify different plastic polymers with high accuracy by combining fluorescence microscopy and microspectroscopy (µ-FTIR). Furthermore she is working on optimized and validated digestion and extraction protocols for plastics in natural samples, a necessary step prior to the fluorescent staining process. Another challenge she wants to overcome is the development of alternative detection and quantification methods for tire wear particles.

Thesaurus term: Marine ecology

Institutes (3)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more
  • Function: Researcher
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  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen; Vakgroep Dierwetenschappen en Aquatische Ecologie; Laboratorium voor Milieutoxicologie (GhEnToxLab), more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Landbouw en Visserij; Instituut voor landbouw-, visserij en voedingsonderzoek (ILVO), more
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Nelle Meyers

Previous institute  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
    Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Terrestrische Ecologie (TEREC), more

Projects (2)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Analysis techniques for quantifying nano-and microplastic particles and their degradation in the marine environment, more
  • PhD Developing and optimising cost- and time-effective methods for the detection and identification of microplastics in the marine environment, more

Datasets (6)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • ANDROMEDA predictive tools for estimating microplastic analysis costs, more
  • Infrared spectra of plastic polymers weathered in the marine environment under semi-controlled conditions, more
  • Microplastics In Fish Gastrointestinal Tracts sampled in 2020 in the North Sea (MICROFISH project), more
  • RGB datasets for machine learning-based microplastic analysis - update, more
  • RGB-statistics derived from Nile red-stained reference plastics for the construction of the PDM (Plastics Detection Model), more
  • RGB-statistics derived from Nile red-stained reference plastics for the construction of the PIM (Polymer Identification Model), more

Publications (21)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
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