Schell, Theresa

Dr. Theresa Schell

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Plastic in Agricultural Production: Impacts, Lifecycles and LONg-term Sustainability

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IMDEA Water. Avenida Punto Com, 2. Parque Científico Tecnológico de la Universidad de Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares. 28805 MADRID


Theresa received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2013 and a Master of Science in Ecotoxicology in 2016 from the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. As part of the Master’s she participated in two scientific internships, one as a student intern and field assistant at Rifcon GmbH, Germany and one at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She obtained her PhD degree in 2022 in the Doctoral Programme in Hydrology and Water Resources Management, a joint degree of the University of Alcalá and the University Rey Juan Carlos.

Theresa was a PhD student in the field of aquatic ecotoxicology at the IMDEA Water institute. Her research was part of the Water JPI funded project “Impacts of MicroPlastics in AgroSystems and Stream Environments (IMPASSE)”. Within the project she was focusing on the occurrence and fate of microplastics in a Mediterranean river watershed as well as the effects of microplastics on freshwater organisms. She has supervised a Bachelor’s and a Master’s thesis on the effects of microplastics on freshwater invertebrates and fish. Furthermore, she has presented her research at several international conferences and has published four papers in international journals.

Nowadays she is research assistant in the PAPILLONS project (this project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000210).