Tracking how ocean currents transport plastic, plankton and other materials

The Lagrangian Ocean Analysis team at Utrecht University

The Lagrangian Ocean Analysis team within the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research at Utrecht University's Department of Physics, uses the OceanParcels framework to create and analyse simulations of the transport of material (plastics, plankton, fish) by ocean currents and its impact on climate and marine ecosystems. Within the group, we adhere to Open Science principles and aim to create a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere.

The team

Erik van Sebille

Associate Professor

Erik investigates how ocean currents move 'stuff' around, and leads the OceanParcels project.

Delphine Lobelle

Postdoctoral researcher

Delphine investigates how 3D ocean circulation impacts plastic transport.

Christian Kehl

Postdoctoral researcher

Christian investigates how Parcels can best be optimised for High Performance Computing.

Steffie Ypma

Postdoctoral researcher

Steffie creates a tool that supports plastic cleanup in the Galapagos.

Laura Gomez Navarro

Postdoctoral researcher

Laura investigates how to track floating material in currents from remote sensing.

David Wichmann

PhD researcher

David investigates how ocean currents and waves transport plastic litter around.

Peter Nooteboom

PhD researcher

Peter investigates how microplankton can be used to validate paleo-climate models.

Mikael Kaandorp

PhD researcher

Mikael investigates how to use machine learning to incorporate plastic distribution data into models.

Cleo Jongedijk

PhD researcher

Cleo investigates how plastic litter ends up on beaches.

Daan Reijnders

PhD researcher

Daan investigates how to incorporate diffusion into particle simulations in biogeochemical oceanography.

Victor Onink

PhD researcher

Victor investigates the global dispersion patterns of marine plastic pollution.

Claudio Pierard

PhD researcher

Claudio investigates the origin and fate of nanoplastics in our ocean.

Darshika Manral

PhD researcher

Darshika investigates how plankton interact with nutrients and plastic in the Atlantic Ocean.

Sophie Schmiz

MSc student

Sophie investigates the distribution of floating plastic in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Tycho Bovenschen

MSc student

Tycho investigates the anisotropic nature of particle diffusion.

Mariana de Botton Falcon

MSc student

Mariana investigates how floating plastic accumulates in ocean eddies.

Ilja Deurloo

BSc student

Ilja investigates how plastics move through the Caribbean.

Reint Fischer


Reint provides technical support to users of the OceanParcels framework.

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