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 (alphabetical)

Vesna Bertoncelj

PhD researcher

Vesna investigates how polluntants spread around coral reefs on Curacao.

Mark Elbertsen

MSc student

Mark simulates how and where large icebergs melted in the Eocene Southern Ocean.

Laura Gomez Navarro

Margarita Salas Fellow

Laura investigates how oceanic fine-scales affect the transport of marine plastic.

Cleo Jongedijk

PhD researcher

Cleo investigates how plastic litter ends up on beaches.

Darshika Manral

PhD researcher

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

Marc op den Kamp

MSc student

Marc uses machine learning to predict macroplastic beaching events

Claudio Pierard

PhD researcher

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

Daan Reijnders

PhD researcher

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

Siren Rühs

Postdoctoral researcher

Siren investigates how the latest generation of ocean models can be used to simulate the dispersion of plastic.

Erik van Sebille

Professor

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

Steffie Ypma

Postdoctoral researcher

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


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