Ann Flemming-Nielsen

Ann Flemming-Nielsen

PhD Student
Centre for Marine Science and Innovation
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

I am a curiosity-driven environmental engineer with a passion for and background in marine research, science communication, diving, and ocean conservation. I started my PhD in February 2024, and my aim is to conduct ocean restoration research in marine habitats who need to have their stressors removed and rewilding facilitated. Working with applied restoration research allows me to combine my knowledge as a researcher, skills as an engineer, experience as a diver, and passion as an ocean conservationist.

Project: Overcoming barriers to restoration of marine biogenic habitats by a hybrid restoration approach

Supervised by: Adriana Vergés and Mariana Mayer-Pinto

Project Description: Biogenic reefs are incredibly important, severely declining, and in urgent need of restoration. Degraded sites may, however, be unsuitable for restoration due to local stressors working as barriers to restoration, e.g. sediment movement and wave action (physical barriers) or pollution and eutrophication (chemical barriers). At sites with physical stressors, combining artificial reefs with active restoration in a hybrid approach has been used to overcome barriers, improve restoration success, and even simultaneously remediate the stressors. I aim to investigate whether a similar hybrid approach can be used at sites with chemical barriers to restoration. This could improve restoration success, further expand the amount of sites suitable for restoration, and allow for remediation alongside restoration.

Contact Details

Nielsen, A. F., Polesel, F., Ahonen, T., Palmqvist, A., Baun, A., Hartmann, N. B (2023).
Assessing the Biodegradability of Tire Tread Particles and Influencing Factors.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Nielsen, A. F., Baun, A., Andersen, S. I., & Skjolding, L. M. (2022). Critical Review of the
OSPAR Risk Based Approach for Offshore Produced Water Discharges. Integrated
Environmental Assessment and Management.

Hartmann. N. B., Nielsen, A. F. (2022). Mikroplast I Miljoeet – Kilder, Spredning og
Skæbne. Jord og Vand, 1 (29). [Translated title: Microplastic in the environment –
Sources, Dispersion, and Fate].