Hintze, Simone

PhD Student



The topic of my research project is the long-term fate of pesticides and their degradation products (metabolites) in groundwater. The main aim is the investigation of how geological and hydrogeological factors influence the long-term persistence of pesticides and their metabolites in groundwater and which reservoirs (unsaturated zone / zones with lower permeability / groundwater) could play a role in the retention of these substances. The main focus lies on the pesticide chloridazon and its two main metabolites desphenyl-chloridazon and methyl-desphenyl-chloridazon. The study is carried out in two small catchments on the Swiss plateau which are characterized by glacial and fluvial deposits.


Position held:

2016 – Present: PhD candidate, Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), Laboratory of Hydrochemistry and Contaminants, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


2015: MSc in Geoscience with focus on hydrogeology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

2013: BSc in Geoscience, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany


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