Anna Sobek

External relations coordinator
Associate professor
Room: V503
Phone: +46 8 674 7230

Organic contaminants in the marine environment; environmental fate; mixture toxicity and policy

My research focuses on organic contaminants in the environment. A growing interest is also risk assessments of chemicals. I roughly divide my research interests into the following areas:
a) Distribution and fate: how are contaminats distributed in the environment. In two ongoing projects we investigate sediments’ role as secondary sources of pollutants to the water body, and how the cycling of organic carbon affects contaminant fate in marine environments. In both studies we use the Baltic Sea as a study area.
b) Effects of pollutants. Combined effects of contaminants present in the environment. Sediments contain a great number of known and unknown chemicals, which have different toxicity and properties. We use passive sampling and passive dosing to assess the total toxicity of the mixture of chemicals present in sediments. In 2016 I am starting a new project to investigate what impact organic pollutants have on microbial community functions.
c) Science-policy interactions.

Latest scientific papers

An academic researcher’s guide to increased impact on regulatory assessment of chemicals.

Ågerstrand ; Sobek A; Lilja K; Linderoth M; Wendt-Rasch L; Wernersson A-S; Rudén C.
2017 | Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts

Passive dosing of triclosan in multi-generation tests with copepods – stable exposure concentrations and effects at the low µg L-1 range

Ribbenstedt, A.; Mustajärvi, L.; Breitholtz, M.; Gorokhova, E.; Mayer, P.; Sobek, A.
2017 | Environ. Toxicol. Chem.

A strategic screening approach to identify transformation products of organic micropollutants formed in natural waters

Li, Z.; Kaserzon, S.L.; Plassmann, M.M.; Sobek, A.; Gómez Ramos, M.J.; Radke, M.
2017 | Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts | 19 (4) (488-498)

Observation-Based Assessment of PBDE Loads in Arctic Ocean Waters

Salvado, A.; Sobek, A.; Carrizo, D.; Gustafsson, Ö
2016 | Environ. Sci. Technol. | 50 (2236-2245)

The dilemma in prioritizing chemicals for environmental analysis: known versus unknown hazards

2016 | Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts

All publications

Contaminant Chemistry

Pollutants in the environment: Where they come from, where they go, and who gets exposed.