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Danielle Bansfield

Danielle Bansfield

External researcher/ doctoral student

Marine Ecosystems Modelling

Phone: +358 295251934

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Marine Research Centre
Address: Building EE, Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2, Viikki Campus, Helsinki

Current tasks

I am a doctoral student in the Water and Environmental degree program at Aalto University, but I carry out my research at the Finnish Environment Institute’s Marine Research labs. I investigate the growth of various fungal species in food processing and biogas process wastewaters. The goal is to determine which nutrients they remove and in what amounts. In the end we hope to produce biomass which can be used as a product such as feed or soil conditioner. I am also investigating the ability of filamentous fungi to flocculate algae with the goal of producing an economical method of algal harvesting.


I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at McDaniel College, MD, USA. I have worked as a research technician in biotechnology and biochemistry labs at the University of Helsinki. At the same time, I completed a MSc. in Environmental Biology at said university in 2010. In 2015 - 2016 I interned at SYKE where I developed a PCR assay which helped to identify the algal species responsible for a massive fish-kill off the coast of Raasepori in 2015.

Research topics

  • Utilization of waste streams
  • Bioremediation
  • Circular economy
  • Biological flocculants


Exploiting the unexploited: improved removal and reuse of nutrients from industrial wastewaters.
Jätteestä tuotteiksi: teollisuuden jäteveden tehostettu ravinteiden kierrätys.

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Danielle Bansfield

Published 2020-06-04 at 22:13, updated 2020-06-02 at 11:11

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