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)

Mariana de Botton Falcon

MSc student

Mariana investigates how floating plastic accumulates in ocean eddies.

Laura Gomez Navarro

Postdoctoral researcher

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

Federica Guerrini

Visiting PhD researcher

Federica simulates how plastics sorb and desorb toxins.

Cleo Jongedijk

PhD researcher

Cleo investigates how plastic litter ends up on beaches.

Mikael Kaandorp

PhD researcher

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

Christian Kehl

Postdoctoral researcher

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

Delphine Lobelle

Postdoctoral researcher

Delphine investigates how 3D ocean circulation impacts plastic transport.

Darshika Manral

PhD researcher

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

Ina Nagler

MSc student

Ina investigates the sources of plastic ending on the Galapagos Islands.

Peter Nooteboom

Postdoc researcher

Peter investigates how to simulate the dynamics of tuna interaction.

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.

Daan Reijnders

PhD researcher

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

Jiongqiu Ren

MSc student

Jiongqiu analyses how ocean currents in the Tropical Pacific transport plastic towards the Galapagos Islands.

Joey Richardson

MSc student

Joey explores how to simulate the transport of oil at the surface of the ocean.

Erik van Sebille


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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