Current and former team members and visitors
Starring, in chronological order:
Please note: I expect to advertise two PhD positions and at least one postdoc position in the area of lunar science in the next month, with starting dates from September 2014. Contact me if you are interested.
- Edgar Steenstra, PhD student 2014-2018, will study the effect of water on the geochemical properties of the interior of the Moon.
- Yanhao Lin, PhD student 2014-2018, will come to Amsterdam on a CSC Fellowship to perform experiments related to crust formation on the Moon.
- Kaustubh Hakim, PhD student 2014-2018, will work with Prof. Carsten Dominik (University of Amsterdam) and me on the composition and mineralogy of rocky exoplanets forming close to their host star.
- JurriŽn Knibbe, PhD student 2013-2017, is working with me and Drs. Elkins-Tanton and Fei (Carnegie Institution of Washington) on constraining the interior evolution of Mercury using a combination of high-pressure experiments and numerical simulations.
- Dr. Jessica Flahaut, Earth Science Veni postdoctoral fellow 2013-2016, is focusing on improving the interpretation of remote sensing data on Mars, and will be synthesising some Martian minerals in the lab.
- Nicci Potts, joint PhD student with the Open University, UK, focuses on incorporation of trace elements in lunar apatites.
- Jose Pancheco, PhD student at TU Delft, synthesises electron microprobe glass standards for use in concrete science.
Current BSc and MSc students:
Former team members:
- Wouter van der Steeg, who is working on the incorporation of trace elements in zircons.
- Edgar Steenstra, who is finishing his MSc study doing experiments on the distribution of elements between metal and silicate during lunar core formation.
- Dian Dankers, who is doing an experimental study on lunar magma ocean crystallisation.
- Heleen Vos, who is doing high-pressure experiments to determine Si isotope fractionation between metal and silicate.
- Josepha Kempl , PhD student 2009-2013. Josepha worked with dr. Pieter Vroon of the Petrology department on experimental constraints on stable isotope fractionation between metal and silicate, to increase our knowledge of core formation processes. She is currently postdoc at TU Delft.
- Dr. Nachiketa Rai, postdoc 2009-2013. Nachiketa's research focused on in situ physical property determinations of lunar magma, and on improving geochemical constraints on core formation in Mars, the Moon, and Earth. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Birkbeck / UCL in the UK.
- Dr. Aurelia Colin, postdoc 2011-2013. Aurelia worked on the detection of water on the lunar surface using in situ analyses by Raman and LIBS, and is currently a postdoc at IPGP, Paris, France.
- Suzette Timmerman, who did a project on stable isotope fractionation between metal and silicate, is finishing her MSc degree at VU University Amsterdam.
- Christel Bontje, who studied plagioclase-melt partitioning at lunar conditions, is finishing her MSc degree at VU University Amsterdam.
- Fienke Nanne, MSc student, who performed an experimental study on Apollo 15 lunar basalt petrogenesis, started a PhD at Durham in 2013.
- Elishevah van Kooten, MSc student, who worked on Si isotope fractionation during magmatic processes, started a PhD at the Centre of Planet and Start Formation (Copenhagen) in April 2013.
- Dr. Jellie de Vries, PhD student 2007-2011. Jellie worked with dr. Arie van den Berg at Utrecht University on thermochemical convection models of lunar evolution, and with me on plagioclase-melt partitioning. Jellie defended her thesis in May 2012 and has started a postdoc at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut.
- Dr. Mirjam van Kan Parker, PhD student 2007-2011. Mirjam worked on projects related to measurements of the density of lunar magma, and on mineral-melt trace element partitioning during lunar interior melting and crystallisation processes. She defended her thesis in April 2011 and currently works in the Earth and Life Sciences section of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
- Dr. Jelle van Sijl, PhD student 2006-2011. Jelle worked on computational and experimental aspects of trace element distribution between minerals and hydrous fluids, and defended his thesis in May 2011. He now works as a geohydrologist at Royal Haskoning.
- Dr. Elodie Tronche, postdoc 2007-2011. Elodie worked on petrological models for the crystallisation of the Martian and lunar magma oceans (among many other things!). She is now assistant editor in the Earth Sciences and Geography department at Springer.
- Dr. Remco Hin, former MSc student, finished his PhD at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and is now a postdoc at the University of Bristol.
- Ineke Wijbrans, former MSc student, at present finishing her PhD at the University of Muenster, Germany.
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