expert geochemist and program leader environmental quality
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Dr. Hilde Passier is geochemist and manager of teams, programs and projects. She has had management roles on the interface of knowledge development and application of knowledge since 2006, as knowledge manager and department head (2008-2019). She is leader of the strategic research program Environmental Quality at Deltares and coordinator of the applied-knowledge program of Deltares on water quality and nature for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. She is representing Deltares in the management of the Knowledge Impulse for the Delta Approach for Water Quality and participating in the projects of the Impulse, with the main goal to ensure the developed knowledge will have value in practice. As department head of Subsurface and Groundwater Quality, she was manager of 25 experts, and responsible for the development and execution of applied research projects for numerous clients and consortia. These projects include collaborative projects of the Geochemical and Microbiological Laboratory ‘Castel’ at Deltares in Utrecht on innovative concepts for the improvement of environmental quality.
Keywords in her work are knowledge entrepreneurship, knowledge valorization, collaboration with knowledge partners and other parties, risk-based management of the environment, sustainable use of subsurface and water. She obtained her PhD in Marine Geochemistry at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She has been employed by Deltares/TNO since 2003. Before that, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Geochemistry and the Paleomagnetic Laboratory at Utrecht University, and as a consultant on water and ecology for Royal Haskoning.
|2019-present||Deltares||Leader of the strategic research program environmental quality|
|2016-present||Deltares||Coordinator on the applied research program on water quality and nature|
|2003-present||Deltares/TNO (untill 2008)||Expert geochemist and project manager|
|2010 - 2019||Deltares||Head of the department of Subsurface and Groundwater Quality|
|2013 - 2015||Deltares||Coordinator Eco Innovations Programme|
|2008 - 2009||Deltares/TNO||Head of the department of Groundwater Quality|
|2006 - 2008||TNO||Deputy head of the Department of Soil Management|
|2006 - 2008||TNO||Knowledge manager Groundwater and Subsurface Quality|
|2001 - 2003||IWACO/Royal Haskoning consultancy group Water and Ecology||Project manager/Expert Geochemist|
|1998 - 2000||NWO/Utrecht University, Paleomagnetic Laboratory||Postdoc position|
|1993 - 1997||Utrecht University department of Geochemistry||Phd position|
Leader of the strategic research program environmental quality
Coordinator Knowledge Impulse for the delta approach water quality
The Netherlands, 2016-present
advise for Dutch water authorities and water companies
Coordinator of the applied research program on water quality and nature for the Ministery of Infrastructure and Water Management
The Netherlands, 2016-present
Secondment at the Ministery of Infrastructure and Water Management (DGWB)
The Netherlands, 2019
one day a week for six months
Representation Deltares and participation in the Water and Mining Platform
to promote cooperation on sustainable water management in the cross-over between water and mining
Member of Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Economic Affairs for the Environment Impact Study regarding Shale Gas exploration and exploitation
Programme manager of Eco Innovation Programme
The Netherlands, 2013 - 2015
Deltares Theme Ecosystems and Environmental Quality
Management of human resources, operations, market, knowledge of the Department of Groundwater Quality
since 2010 extended to Department of Subsurface and Groundwater Quality. The team (25 persons) is working on sustainable management of groundwater, sediment and subsurface quality; geochemistry of water, the subsurface and sediments; monitoring and modelling transport of substances in the water system; interaction of groundwater, surface water and ecology; measures to improve quality; change of the system due to climate change, land-use changes, measures.
Knowledge manager Subsurface and Groundwater Quality.
2006 - 2008
Coordination of research programs. Self assessment Knowledge Position Audit. Deputy management of Department of Soil Management.
researcher, project manager and expert geochemist
2003 - present
Researcher and project manager in Dutch and European projects for regional and national governments regarding the chemical quality of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater systems and regarding planning and stakeholder issues. National and international projects (EU FP6 project Bridge: establishment of quality threshold values for groundwater bodies in the Water Framework Directive; Cross Border Water Management Initiative in the Netherlands and North-Rhine Westphalia; Characterization of the geochemical reactivity of the subsurface; Sources of pollution Meuse River Basin; EU Risk Based Management of River Basins; Applied Research on water quality and the Water Framework Directive for the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management; Planning and sustainable use of subsurface and groundwater.
Sulphur geochemistry and sapropel formation – Syngenetic and diagenetic signals in eastern Mediterranean sediments
Ph.D. dissertation, Utrecht University. Geologica Ultraiectina 158, 165 pp.
Sulphidic Mediterranean surface waters during Pliocene sapropel formation
Passier H.F., Bosch H.-J., Nijenhuis I.A., Lourens L.J., Böttcher M.E., Leenders A., Sinninghe Damsté J.S., de Lange G.J., & de Leeuw J.W.
Nature 397, 146-149
Integrated Modeling of Cadmium and Zinc Contamination in Groundwater and Surface Water of the Kempen Region, The Netherlands.
Van der Grift, B., Passier, H., Rozemeijer, J. and Griffioen, J.
In Pahl, C., Schmidt, S. and Jakeman, T. (eds) Proceedings of International Environmental Modelling and Software Society iEMSs 2004 International Conference “Complexity and Integrated Resources Management”, Osnabrueck, Germany
Groundwater quality in Dutch water management.
Hilde F. Passier, Ruth Heerdink, Joachim Rozemeijer, Ate Visser, Yan-Chun Zhang, Stefan Jansen, Victor Beumer
GQ10: Groundwater Quality Management in a Rapidly Changing World (Proc. 7th International Groundwater Quality Conference held in Zurich, Switzerland, 13–18 June 2010). IAHS Publ 342, 2011.
The groundwater and sediment composition along a redox gradient in a nitrate-polluted pyritic sandy aquifer in Oostrum (the Netherlands) was studied to identify the sequence of steps involved in denitrification coupled to pyrite oxidation
Zhang, Y., Slomp, C.P., Broers, H.P., Bostick, B., Passier, H.F., Böttcher, M.E., Omoregie, E.O., Lloyd, J.R., Polya, D.A., Cappellen, P. van
Chemical Geology. - Vol. 300-301 (18 March 2012) ; p. 123-132