The Team

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.

Filip Meysman

Filip Meysman

Principle investigator

Professor Filip Meysman is the coordinating principal investigator. Filip leads the Marine microbiology and geochemistry research group at the Department of Biology at the University of Antwerp.

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Sebastiaan Van De Velde

Sebastiaan Van De Velde

Senior scientist

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. 

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Diana Vasquez Cardenas

Diana Vasquez Cardenas

Senior scientist

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.

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Astrid Hylén

Astrid Hylén

Postdoctoral fellow

Astrid investigates the sedimentary production and consumption of alkalinity in coastal ecosystems. She uses field studies, laboratory experiments and modeling to determine how these processes impact the ocean’s carbon cycle 

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Fran Lauriks

Fran Lauriks

Project manager

As project manager Fran oversees everyday activities.

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Luna Geerts

Luna Geerts

PhD student

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. 

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Benjamin Van Heurck

Benjamin Van Heurck

PhD student

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.  

Cedric Goossens

Cedric Goossens

PhD student

Cedric is interested in the weathering potential of different types of minerals. Besides olivine, he also works on basalt and carbonate, combining field work with lab experiments.

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Nayan Gosain

Nayan Gosain

PhD student

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.

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Greet Lembregts

Greet Lembregts

Technical engineer

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

Saïd De Wolf

Technical engineer

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.

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Matthias Kreuzburg

Matthias Kreuzburg

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.  

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Coastal Carbon groups all coastal ocean alkalinization projects of the Geobiology research group at the University of Antwerp. We investigate natural processes that drive ocean alkalinity content and explore how ocean alkalinity can be increased to stimulate the ocean’s CO₂ storage capacity. 

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