Professional experience

Postdoctoral Associate – Yale University, 2015 – 2016

Main projects: “Marine ecosystem sensitivity in a Greenhouse World” and “NSF-funded collaborative research: a new modeling and data approach to Paleocene-Eocene hyperthermals with implications for future climate-carbon cycle interactions”

Mentors: Ass. Prof. Dr. Pincelli M. Hull and Dr. Ellen Thomas

Postgraduate Fellow – Yale University, 2014 – 2015

Main Project: “Marine ecosystem sensitivity in a Greenhouse World”

Mentor: Ass. Prof. Dr. Pincelli M. Hull

Research assistant – KU Leuven, 2013 – 2014

Teaching assistant – KU Leuven, 2009 – 2013

Part-time lab assistant – KU Leuven, 2006 – 2008

Education

PhD in Geology — KU Leuven, Belgium, 2016

“Characterization of early Eocene hyperthermals using benthic foraminiferal assemblages and stable isotopes”

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. R. P. Speijer (KU Leuven) & Prof. Dr. E. Steurbaut (RBINS/KU Leuven)

Examiners: Hemmo Abels (TU Delft/ KU Leuven), André Bornemann (BGR), Philippe Claeys (VUB/KU Leuven), Noël Vandenberghe (KU Leuven), Rudy Swennen (KU Leuven) and Ellen Thomas (Yale University/ Wesleyan University)

MSc in Geology, cum laude — KU Leuven, Belgium, 2009

“Detection of early Eocene hyperthermals using benthic foraminifera (fauna and stable isotopes)”

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. R. P. Speijer (KU Leuven) & Prof. Dr. E. Steurbaut (RBINS/KU Leuven)

BSc in Geology — KU Leuven, Belgium, 2007

“Micropaleontological characterization of coastal sediments in the Mediterranean Sea”

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. R. P. Speijer (KU Leuven)

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

  • USSSP Travel Grant: Expedition 342 second post-cruise meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, US
  • Awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at Yale University, CT, US (2014) – mentor: Pincelli M. Hull [$ 10,000]
  • Awarded a B.A.E.F. Fellowship at Yale University, CT, US (2014) – mentor: Pincelli M. Hull [$ 40,000]
  • UK-IODP Travel Grant for the TMS Conference 2013 – “Micropalaeontology and the IODP: Past, Present and Future Applications” [£100]
  • Best student poster presentation – TMS Foram and Nanno Group Meeting, London, UK, June 28th 2010