Niels Van Putte

Niels Van Putte
University of Antwerp | UA · Department of Biology

MSc of Biology: Ecology & Environment

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Introduction
Master in Biology especially interested in estuarine subsurface hydrology and its effects on ecosystem functioning. Always trying to find innovative ways to visualize results.
Additional affiliations
January 2017 - December 2020
University of Antwerp
Position
  • PhD Student
August 2016 - present
University of Antwerp
Position
  • PhD applicant
Description
  • PhD applicant for a project in which I will try to find the optimal conditions (both soil hydraulogical and geomorphological) a restored tidal marsh can have to optimize its water quality improving functions.
September 2015 - present
University of Antwerp
Position
  • Thesis student
Description
  • Currently doing a master thesis on groundwater flow in freshwater tidal marshes.
Education
September 2014 - September 2016
University of Antwerp
Field of study
  • Biology: Ecology & Environment
September 2011 - September 2014
University of Antwerp
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (11)
Article
Groundwater fluxes in tidal marshes largely control key ecosystem functions and services, such as vegetation growth, soil carbon sequestration, and nutrient cycling. In tidal marshes restored on formerly embanked agricultural land, groundwater fluxes are often limited as compared to nearby natural marshes, as a result of historical agricultural soi...
Article
In places where tidal marshes were formerly embanked for agricultural land use, these marshes are nowadays increasingly restored with the aim to regain important ecosystem services. However, there is growing evidence that restored tidal marshes and their services develop slowly and differ from natural tidal marshes in many aspects. Here we focus on...
Presentation
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Presentation for the PRESS > SPEAK science communication contest 2018, organized by the University of Antwerp (in Dutch)
Poster
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Worldwide, numerous tidal marshes are being restored for water quality improvement, flood protection and ecological development along estuaries and coasts. However, studies showed that restored tidal marshes may not have the same functionality for water quality improvement as compared to natural marshes. In tidal marshes that are restored on former...
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Numerous tidal marsh areas are being restored for flood protection and ecological development along estuaries. Recently, however, questions arise about the extent to which restored marshes deliver ecosystem services. Due to the historical land use, soil properties and associated subsurface water flow might be altered in restored marshes, hereby aff...
Thesis
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Numerous tidal marsh areas are being restored for flood protection and ecological development along estuaries. Recently, however, questions arise about the extent to which restored marshes deliver ecosystem services. Due to the historical land use, soil properties and associated subsurface water flow might be altered in restored marshes, hereby aff...

Questions

Questions (2)
Question
For my project I am looking for a suitable soil moisture sensor + logger that can be used in tidal mashes (which are inundated twice a day around spring tides). I need to measure soil moisture content at a fixed interval of 5 minutes, at different locations and at different depths (up to 1 m). The soil is silt/clay and probably always near saturation. I planned to use the Delta T PR/2 soil moisture probes, but they seem not to be fully waterproof, which is required when installed in tidal marshes. Any advice on this would be great!
Question
I am currently working on a project where I would like to determine nutrient concentrations in an intermittently saturated/unsaturated compact clayey soil. For this reason, I want to use so called pore water equilibrators or 'peepers'. In our group, we have these peepers (see image in attachment) from a previous study long ago, but their membranes lack. In literature, I read that mostly polysulfone is used for peeper membranes, but in my region (Belgium) this seems to be only available in small filter papers.
Are there companies that provide polysulfone membranes in larger sizes or are there any other suitable dialysis membranes for porewater equilibrators that are available in larger sizes?
thank you!
Niels

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