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Dr Eng. Everaert, Gert


Gert Everaert (°1985) is graduated as Master in Bioscience Engineering in 2008 from Ghent University and obtained his PhD in Applied Biological Science in 2015 at the same university with his dissertation: ‘Potential risk of organic micropollutants on marine phytoplankton in the greater North Sea: integration of modelling and experimental approaches’. His research background is in, ecological modelling, marine ecotoxicology, and microplastic research. At the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ, Ostend), I lead the research unit on ‘Ocean and Human Health’. In this interdisciplinary field of research, we aim to improve our understanding of the health benefits (or drawbacks) from marine and coastal ecosystems and evaluate the applicability and elucidate the reasons behind the Blue Gym hypothesis. The team consists of 2 post-doctoral researchers, 4 PhD students, and project-based co-workers. We collaborate with biologists, engineers, sociologists, economists, psychologists, and medical doctors at national and international level. In addition, plastic-related research is high on our research agenda, aiming to assess its presence, effects, and risks in and for human and marine life. Part of my time is dedicated to my function as data science manager where my task is to initiate, lead, and perform data-driven research activities. Throughout my relatively young career, I received multiple awards and grants. Working at VLIZ, my research unit plays a key role as knowledge broker and we have close connections with the marine industry, policy makers, citizens and marine researchers.

Thesaurus term: Marine ecology

Institute  Top | Institute | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
    Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more
    Function: Data Science Manager & Head of Research Unit Ocean and Human Health
    Direct contact at institute:
    Tel.: +32-(0)59-33 61 09
    GSM: +32-(0)477-44 55 83
Gert Everaert

Previous institutes (2)  Top | Institute | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen; Vakgroep Dierwetenschappen en Aquatische Ecologie; Laboratorium voor Milieutoxicologie (GhEnToxLab), more
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen; Vakgroep Toegepaste ecologie en milieubiologie; Laboratorium voor Milieutoxicologie en aquatische ecologie; Onderzoeksgroep voor Milieutoxicologie (ECOTOX), more
  • Function: Assistant

Projects (18)  Top | Institute | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Analysis techniques for quantifying nano-and microplastic particles and their degradation in the marine environment, more
  • Blackfish, more
  • Blue health along the Belgian coast: Effect of living by the coast on human health and wellbeing, more
  • Blue-Cloud: Piloting innovative services for Marine Research & the Blue Economy, more
  • BlueHealth: The restoration potential of the Belgian coast, more
  • BluePsychology - How coastal environments improve psychological wellbeing: underlying mechanisms, more
  • Coastbusters 2.0, more
  • Development and demonstration of durable biobased composites for a marine environment, more
  • Europeanization of Plastic Pirates - Belgium, more
  • Innovative Solutions for Plastic Free European Rivers, more
  • Microplastic in the marine environment, more
  • PhD Combined impacts of microplastics, from bio-based and petroleum-based polymers, and global warming on the population dynamics of a planktonic community, more
  • PhD Decision support framework for plastic clean-up technologies in rivers and estuaries: minimizing unintentional bycatch while maintaining efficient plastic removal under realistic environmental conditions, more
  • PhD Developing and optimising cost- and time-effective methods for the detection and identification of microplastics in the marine environment, more
  • PhD: Understanding the (a)biotic consequences of biogenic reef (re)introductions in the southern North Sea: a modelling approach, more
  • Plastic Flux for Innovation and Business Opportunities in Flanders, more
  • Sustainable Marine Ecosystem Services , more
  • Targeting the reduction of plastic outflow into the North Sea, more

Datasets (17)  Top | Institute | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Analysing historical Herring (Clupea harengus) monitoring data and the search for explanatory abiotic variables, more
  • ANDROMEDA predictive tools for estimating microplastic analysis costs, more
  • Citizen observation of local litter in coastal ecosystems: Animated standard operating procedure (video), more
  • Coastal pictures and components, more
  • Data, scripts and model output to perform spatiotemporal analysis of plankton drivers in the Belgian part of the North Sea., more
  • How the Blue Economy affects plankton dynamics in the BPNS: data and scripts, more
  • Hyperspectral reflectance dataset for dry, wet and submerged plastics in clear and turbid water, more
  • Microplastics In Fish Gastrointestinal Tracts sampled in 2020 in the North Sea (MICROFISH project), more
  • Plastic clean-up and prevention overview, more
  • Pre and post-survey data evaluating the impact of the COLLECT project on participants, more
  • Quantification and Characterization of Plastic Litter in Slipways from the Port of Ostend, Belgium., more
  • RGB-statistics derived from Nile red-stained reference plastics for the construction of the PDM (Plastics Detection Model), more
  • RGB-statistics derived from Nile red-stained reference plastics for the construction of the PIM (Polymer Identification Model), more
  • SUMES stakeholder workshop: live polling responses of participants, more
  • Survey data linking coastal visit behaviours to socio-demographic and health profiles, more
  • The perceived restorativeness of coastal landscapes by workers in a marine institute: a pilot experiment, more
  • Transcribed qualitative interviews of young coastal residents in 2021, more

Publications (214)  Top | Institute | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
A1 Publications (72) [show]
Peer reviewed publications (2) [show]
Books (3) [show]
Book chapters (2) [show]
Thesis [show]
Abstracts (95) [show]
Reports (19) [show]
Other publications (8) [show]
Thesis (co-)promotor (11) [show]
Thesis supervisor [show]

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