• Energy and Environment
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management

Functionality of anthropized systems

Research team - ULR 4515


Anthropogenic and degraded ecosystems are characterized by contamination events, which can be historical, complex and in very close proximity to the human population. Thus, it is necessary to have a large range of complementary approaches to improve knowledge about contamination and the fate of pollutants and their dispersion in ecosystems. The aim is to improve the functionality of degraded environments and to prevent and reduce environmental and health risks. Our research responds to recent and important societal expectations, as well as to economic issues in urban, agricultural and forest environments.
To meet these scientific and societal challenges, our research focuses on diagnosing and assessing the state of ecosystems, defining new indicators of exposure and/or effects of pollutants, managing biodiversity, and ecological engineering. We also work on the development of a multi-scale approach, from the molecular to the landscape level, based on experiments in microcosms, mesocosms, and in situ.
Our research is structured around 4 main topics:
- Diagnosis and evaluation of the operational status of disturbed ecosystems
- Study of the behaviour and fate of pollutants in disturbed ecosystems
- Development of molecular tools
- Assessment of population exposure and territorial inequalities in terms of health/environment


  • Damien Cuny
    Team manager


Bâtiment ESPRIT
Campus Cité Scientifique, Université de Lille



Effectif total : 42

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 4



• Characterization and analysis of soils and sediments in agricultural, urban and forest environments
• Taxonomic and functional characterization of soil fungal, floristic and faunistic communities (meso and macrofauna)
• Measurement of biological activities in soils and of biomarkers of toxicity (macrofauna and plants)
• Assessment of the impregnation of vegetation (natural and cultivated) and soil fauna by pollutants (inorganic and organic pollutants),
• Determination of functional traits
• Plant and fungal biomonitoring of air quality
• Assessment of population exposure in relation to the ingestion and inhalation of contaminated soil particles and dust, consumption of foodstuffs produced on polluted sites
• Study of territorial health, social and environmental inequalities through statistical and geostatistical analyses

Example(s) of projects

• MisChar : Refonctionalisation de sols multicontaminés au moyen d’un biochar de miscanthus : viabilité écologique et intérêt socio-économique de modes de gestion en milieux urbain et agricole 🡭
• Projet New-C-Land : Dynamique franco-belge pour le développement d’une économie biosourcée liée au phytomanagement de sites marginaux 🡭
• Projet ANR JCJC : Impact of tailings on environment : Example of transfers of elements from spoil tips in the North of France 🡭

Example(s) of publications

See the full list of our publications here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Université de Lorraine, Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie, INRA, Catholic University of Louvain, Ghent University, University of Liège, INERIS,

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

ValBiom, Atrasol, EPF Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Chambre régionale d’agriculture du Nord-Pas de Calais, AGRIOPALE, EACM, Norenvert, Néo-Eco développement, Team²

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Education / Training
  • Health / wellness
  • Science / Research

Services provided

We are unable to offer any services at this time.

Training offers

• Master "Biodiversité, écologie et Evolution - parcours ECOREMID (ECOlogie et REstauration des MIlieux Dégradés)" - University of Lille
• Master "Géoressource, Géorisques et géotechniques" - University of Lille

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.


We possess a wide range of equipment:
• 250 ml high-pressure high-temperature autoclave (reactor) equipped for in situ measurement of pH, pressure and temperature, with the possibility of sampling gas and liquid
• Equipment used to study fluid-material interactions with control and/or measurement of physico-chemical parameters
• Atomic absorption spectrometer equipped with two separate atomizers (flame and electrothermal oven), a sample changer, a dilution station and a hydride generator
• Analytical tool for routine metering of metallic elements in various liquid matrices
• Liquid chromatography composed of several modules including a pump, a degasser, a thermostatically controlled sample changer, a thermostatically controlled column oven and a diode array detector and a fluorimetric detector.
• Device mainly used for the analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and certain compounds such as ergosterol

See the detailed list of equipment: https://www.lgcge.fr/recherches/equipements-sites-ateliers/


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Unit(s) of attachment


Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Energy and Environment
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management