Natacha BRION

Natacha BRION

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Room F8.58
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels | Belgium


Project title:

Nutrients in water ecosystems – where do they come from? Where do they go? Where, when, how and by whom are they transformed? How did they change over the past decades?

Project summary:

Nutrients control the productivity of aquatic ecosystems. Water, suspended matter, sediments and biota (mostly aquatic plants) from natural aquatic systems such as lakes, ponds, rivers, estuaries and coastal seas but also artificial systems such as canal, sewers, wastewater treatment plants.

Field sites:

Interesting places vary a lot according to project and include Tanganyka Lake (Burundi), The Seine catchment, river and estuary (France), The Scheldt estuary (Belgium and the Netherlands), The Zenne river and catchment (Belgium), the sewers of Paris, the wastewater treatment plants of Paris and Brussels.


Radio and stable isotope tracers, continuous segmented flow auto analyzer (QuAAtro), isotope ratio mass spectrometer coupled to elemental analyzer/gas bench/Hiper-TOC


Marc Elskens

Philippe Claeys

Frank Dehairs

Martine Leermaekers

Yue Gao

Willy Baeyens