Meet the scientists
Coastal Carbon is a collaborative research project including partners from different research institutes and universities. Get to know the Coastal Carbon team and contact us with your questions.
Sebastiaan Van De Velde
Sebastiaan is senior researcher in the coastal carbon team and coordinator of the DEHEAT project. He studies the water-column and seafloor chemistry of carbon and iron (amongst others) by combining theoretical models with field studies and experimental incubations. Within the coastal carbon team he leads the biogeochemistry lab.
Diana Vasquez Cardenas
Diana works at the interface of microbiology, geochemistry, and ecology to investigate the microbial communities living in coastal sediments. As senior scientist in the coastal carbon team she investigates if and how microbial communities can alter silicate weathering rates.
Luna focusses on sensitivity analyses and is building a model framework, this allows us to quantitatively predict the potential of coastal enhanced silicate weathering in removing CO2.
Benjamin Van Heurck
Benjamin is a MSc in Biology with a specialization in global change with additional expertise in microbiology and metagenomics. He started as a research assistant operating the mesocosm setup. Today he works as a PhD researcher on the role of macrofauna and microbiota with regards to olivine weathering.
Nayan focusses on studying the geochemistry of enhanced silicate weathering in coastal ocean alkalinization and focusses on the efficiency of this Carbon Dioxide Removal method to accelerate the drawdown of carbon dioxide in oceans.
Lab technician Greet runs the lab at the University of Antwerp, manages analysis of all alkalinity and DIC samples and performs sampling and in-situ measurements at the Mesocosms test facility.
Saïd De Wolf
As data engineer is responsible for the updating and maintaining the database of the Mesocosms test facility. Saïd also performs sampling and in-situ measurements at the Mesocosms test facility and during the Iceland fieldtrip.
Coastal Carbon Alumni
Matthias is fascinated by the biogeochemical processes, solute fluxes and flow paths between the terrestrial and the marine environment and across the sediment water interface. As a post-doctoral researcher he was part of the Coastal Carbon team from 2021 to 2023 during which he focused on pore water processes and the field experiment in Hawaii.