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Whales, waste and sea walnuts: incorporating human impacts on the marine ecosystem within life cycle impact assessment

Whales, waste and sea walnuts: incorporating human impacts on the marine ecosystem within life cycle impact assessment

Team

Team
Photo: Prof. Francesca Verones (PI)

Francesca Verones is Professor at the Industrial ecology Programme of NTNU. Her work centers around developing life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) models to quantify human impacts on our ecosystems.

Photo: Marthe Alnes Høiberg

Marthe Alnes Høiberg is a PhD candidate at the Industrial ecology Programme of NTNU. She works on developing models to account for impacts of plastic debris on marine ecosystems in life cycle impact assessments (LCIA).

Photo: Naiara Casagrande

Naiara is a PhD student in the New University of Lisbon and affiliated with the ATLANTIS project. She will be working on developing a characterization factor for quantification of the impact caused by plastic debris ingestion on marine biodiversity within life cycle impact assessment.

Photo: Philip Gjedde

Philip is a PhD student at the Industrial Ecology Programme of NTNU. He works on modelling the impacts of invasive species on marine ecosystems. Invasive species are often introduced to their new environment by transport in the global shipping sector or through rafting (e.g., attached to plastic debris). Newly introduced species that meet no or few challenges in an ecosystem may harm the biodiversity by outcompeting other species, over-feeding, or transmitting new diseases, amongst other things. These impacts need to be quantified if we are to apply a holistic view of anthropogenic impacts on life in our oceans and will be done so within the LCA framework.
His current assignment is to develop the characterization factors that will allow a quantification of the impacts from invasive species. He has a BSc in Environmental Engineering from DTU (Vand, bioressourcer og miljømanagement) followed by a Nordic Master in Environmental Engineering (Residual Resources, DTU/NTNU) which he finished in summer 2021.

Photo: Samuel Voorwalt

Samuel Voorwalt is a master's student studying Industrial Ecology at the NTNU in Trondheim with a background in Technology, Policy and Management. He works on the inclusion of indicators for marine tourism as a cultural ecosystem service in LCA.

Photo: Sunniva Andrine Hellesund

Sunniva Andrine Hellesund is a master's student in the Industrial Ecology programme at NTNU in Trondheim. Her background include a BSc in renewable energy from HVL in Sogndal. She works on quantifying the spatially explicit entanglement impacts of marine species within the life cycle assessment framework.

Photo: Fei Song

Fei is a PhD candidate at the Industrial Ecology Programme of NTNU with a background in Environmental Engineering, Ecology and Finance. She works on modelling human impacts on marine ecosystem services, especially related to the impacts of invasive species and marine plastic debris.

Photo: Samuel Voorwalt

Martin Dorber is a researcher at the Industrial ecology Programme of NTNU. His research focuses on developing models to account for human impacts on marine ecosystems in life cycle impact assessments (LCIA). This includes plastic debris, invasive species and in particular ecosystems services. His current task is to model how plastic litter is transported to and in the ocean.

Alumni

Alumni
Photo: Gregor Amani

Gregor Amani is a master's student at the Industrial Ecology programme of NTNU with a background in water and waste management. His work deals with approaches to reduce the inflow of plastic into the Norwegian sea.

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 850717).

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 850717).

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