Current PhD Students


  • Filippo Bertozo (MS Univ. Bonn, 2015), Paleobiology of the Last Hadrosaurid Dinosaurs from Russia and Asia.
  • Bastien Soens, (MS Geology Ghent Univ), Geochemistry of micrometeorites
  • Matthias Sinnesael (MS VUB, 2014) : Understanding rapid climate variations during the Late Ordovician - early Silurian (~440 Ma) in terms of astronomical forcing.
  • Niels de Winter (MS Univ. Utrecht, 2013) : Cycles and seasonality in key stratigraphic records (VUB – Strategic Research).
  • Stef Vansteenberge (MS Ghent Univ. 2013) : Last Interglacial speleothems as climate archives (VUB – Strategic Research).
  • Christina Makarona (MS Univ. Thessaloniki, 2011) : Sr isotopes as a tracer of Bronze age ceramics in the Eastern Mediterranean region (EU Marie Curie financing, with Prof. K. Nys as co-advisor)
  • Kevin De Bondt (MS ULB, 2005) : Brussels a case study for Urban Geology : Water management & storage capacity of lithological Units (InnovIris fellowship).
  • Stepan Chernonozhkin, (MS Univ. of Novosibirsk, Russia, 2010): Development of analytical methods based on ICP-mass spectrometry for spatially resolved elemental and isotopic analysis of meteorites (Joint with Prof. F. Vanhaecke Univ. Ghent, PAI-IUAP Planet Topers).
  • Jan Coenaerts (MS VUB, 2006) : Sustainable development in the late Bronze age, example from Cyprus (co-advisor with Prof. K. Nys) (HOA-VUB fellowship).

Current Post Doctoral Researchers


Former Team Members


  • Dr Yoshihiro Hidaka (PhD Tokyo Metropolitan University, 2013), chemical composition of phosphates and metals in achondrites. Now researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dr Carole Nehme (PhD 2013, jointly Univ. of Grenoble & St. Joseph Univ. of Beirut), Reconstruction of Eemian climate and environment of the Belgian coast in the context of ongoing global warming (BELSPO project). Now Professor, Dept. of Physical Geography, University of Rouen - Normandy.
  • Dr Lidia Pittarello (PhD Univ. of Padova, 2009), Research on Antarctica meteorites. Now Research professor University of Vienna
  • Nadia Van Roosbroeck (MS Geology, KULeuven 2012) : Thesis topic non-magmatic iron meteorites, joint PhD with Prof. Vinciane Debaille as main advisor, G-TIME, Université Libre de Bruxelles, now at Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brussels.
  • Tom Goosse (MS VUB, 2012) : Researcher on Integration of Low Impact Development Techniques for Water Management in Urban Planning (2014-2015), now researcher at IGEAT, ULB.
  • Dr Joke Belza (PhD November 2015) - Petrography and Geochemistry of ejecta material from the Chirxulub impact crater (Yucatan, Mexico), now working at Ghent University, Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, Unit Hormone signalling and Bio-imaging, Ghent, Belgium, Timescale.
  • Claudio Ventura Bordenca (MS Univ. of Rome, La Sapienza, 2012)
  • Dr Matthew Huber (PhD Univ. of Vienna, 2013), Post-doctoral researcher 2013 - 2015, now at University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • Dr Maité Van Rampelbergh, PhD thesis November 2014, : Stable isotope signals and trace element concentrations in speleothems as indicators of recent paleoenvironmental changes. Now working for PalletKraft Europe.
  • Dr David De Vleeschouwer, PhD Thesis : The influence of orbital forcing on the Devonian extreme greenhouse climate, September 2014, presently at Marum, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.
  • Dr Janos Kodolanyi, PhD (Univ. Bern, 2009), Post-Doctoral Researcher 2013 - 2014, presently at Max Planck institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.
  • Dr Virginie Renson, PhD Thesis : Using lead isotopes to trace pottery provenance - Late Bronze Age Cyprus : a case-study, September 2012, presently at Archeometry Laboratory, University of Missouri Research Center, Columbia, MO, USA.
  • Dr Céline Martin, PhD 2009, CRPG-CNRS, Nancy, Post-Doctoral Researcher 2010 - 2012, presently at American Museum of Natural History, New York.
  • Dr Anne-Marie Desaulty, PhD : Laboratoire Pierre Süe, CEA, CNRS, 2007, Post-Doctoral Researcher 2012, presently at "Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières", France.
  • Justine Sauvage (MS Geography VUB 2010) : Thesis : Distribution of Platinum Group Elements across the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary, Denver Basin (Colorado), presently Fulbright Fellow PhD student, University of Rhode Island, RI, USA.
  • Dr Kamal Kolo, PhD Thesis : Microbial alteration of mineral substrates, June 2009, presently Fellow Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • Dr Daisy Tysmans, PhD Thesis : Development and application of a new form-identification method for small sedimentary particles, March 2008, (co-advisor Prof. Marc Van Molle, Dept. of Geography), presently at Open University Netherlands, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Dr Souad Ech-Chakrouni, PhD Thesis : Geochronology and Paleomagnetism of Madeira and the Desertas Islands, June 2004 (co-advisor with Prof. Em. Paul Pasteels as main advisor), presently Centre de Physique du Globe, Dourbes, Belgium
  • Dr Roald Tagle, PhD Thesis : Platinum group element distribution in impact-crater melt-rock, 2004, Humboldt Universitaet Berlin, presently working for Bruker AXS, Berlin, Germany