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Hintze, Simone

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Research

My research is about the long-term fate of pesticides and their degradation products (metabolites) in aquifers. My PhD project, based on the pesticide chloridazon and its metabolites, illustrated that, in addition to the residence time in aquifers, the storage of pesticides and metabolites in the soil and unsaturated zone can significantly influence the long-term dynamics of metabolites in aquifers and pumping wells. While the time scale of transport through the aquifer can be estimated from age dating of the groundwater, the role of the soil and unsaturated zone is more difficult to quantify. Therefore, the focus of my current project is on the time scale of retention by soil and unsaturated zone using the metabolites of the pesticide chlorothalonil as an example. In addition, I am investigating the occurrence of chlorothalonil metabolites in surface waters, as the infiltration of surface waters into groundwater can sometimes also affect the long-term dynamics of metabolites in aquifers.

 

Positions Held

2020 – Present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), Laboratory of Hydrochemistry and Contaminants, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

2016 – 2020: PhD Candidate, Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN), Laboratory of Hydrochemistry and Contaminants, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

 

Education

2020: PhD in Hydrogeology, 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

 

Publications

Hintze S., Glauser G. and Hunkeler D. (2020) Influence of surface water – groundwater interactions on the spatial distribution of pesticide metabolites in groundwater. Science of the Total Environment, 733, 139109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139109.

Hintze S. and Hunkeler D. (2019) Langzeitverhalten von PSM-Metaboliten im Grundwasser. Aqua & Gas, 11.

 

Contact


Office: E116

​Phone: +41 (0)32 718 26 49

 

simone.hintze@unine.ch

 


Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN)
Emile-Argand 11
CH-2000 Neuchâtel