ESR 13: Susanna Mölkänen


Country of origin: Finland

Host institution: University of Sheffield

Contact: smmolkanen1@sheffield.ac.uk

About me

Susanna has a multidisciplinary background with a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey (United Kingdom) and a MSc in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). During her MSc, Susanna completed two internships with the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics where she investigated the variation of plant biomarkers across altitudinal transects as well as classified ecosystem services in the context of public goods.

Following her academic studies, Susanna worked in EU regulatory ecotoxicology where she gained experience in Biocidal Products Regulation and REACH.

Currently, Susanna is employed as ESR13 at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom). Her research focuses on evaluating ecosystem services and risk assessment. 

Project

Project title: Ecosystem services and risk assessment
Objectives:

Evaluate available tools for applying ecosystem services approach to chemical risk assessment. Identify key information gaps.
Use novel approaches from ecology, ecotoxicology and modelling to address information gaps identified in first objective.
Apply novel and existing approaches to evaluate the risk of chemical to ecosystem service of case study chemicals.

Expected results:

Systematic review of the applicability of current ecotoxicological methods for assessing the risk of chemicals and other stressors to ecosystem service delivery.
Tools for facilitating translation of conventional ecotoxicological endpoints to ecosystem service assessment endpoints.
The tools and approaches required to assess the effects of chemical on ecosystem service delivery.

Place: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Planned secondments:
DTU, M18, 3 months, ecotoxicological damage modelling
EI, M32, 1 month - exposure and risk assessment
Work packages: 5 - Risk assessment and socio-economic evaluation of ecological effects
4 - Predicting effects on ecosystem services through AOPs
Supervisor: Philip Warren, USFD
Lorraine Maltby, USFD
Host institution and enrolment: University of Sheffield

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