Veerle L. B. Jaspers

I am working as a Professor in Environmental Toxicology at NTNU (Trondheim, Norway) and I am currently the head of the ENVITOX group. I teach classes in the international Master Program "Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry" at NTNU. Further I am the course responsible for the class of Pollution Biology in the third Bachelor of the Biology Program.

My research is oriented towards the interaction of pollution with species-specific ecology, natural stressors (including infectious disease) and effects on hormones, behaviour and reproduction.

I have been the leader of the NewRaptor research project (concluded in 2018), a project co-funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) and NTNU, which focused on the exposure and effects of emerging flame retardants in birds of prey. The project included both experimental studies as well as sampling of goshawks and sea eagles. I am also engaged in immunotoxicology research with seabirds and effects of contaminants on population dynamics of Daphnia.

In August 2020 I will start leading a new NRC project on the combined effects of pollutants and disease on migrating shorebirds along the East-Asian Australian flyway. This will be an international collaboration between NTNU (Prof. Veerle Jaspers, Assoc. Prof. Alexandros Asimakopoulos), Nord University (Assoc. Prof. Courtney Waugh) and NILU (Dr. Dorte Herzke) in Norway, with Deakin University in Australia (Prof. Marcel Klaassen), Nankai University (Prof. Lei Wang) and Beijing Forest University (Dr. Hebo Peng) in China and the University of Antwerp in Belgium (Prof. Adrian Covaci, Dr. Giulia Poma).

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Professor, Norwegian Universit of Science and Technology
  • 2013–2019
    Associate professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • 2008–2013
    Post doc, University of Antwerp
  • 2004–2008
    PhD student, University of Antwerp