Welcome to my website. I am a researcher in biogeochemistry, most recently at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Here you can find information about my publications, travels, and other science related activities.
My most recent research was on submarine hydrothermal vent geochemistry and its application to life detection on Europa and understanding the origin of life on Earth. Past projects included the environmental significance of earthworm secreted calcite granules at the University of Reading (UK), and stable-isotope work and proxy development on freshwater and marine bivalves at VU University Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium).
I am originally from the Netherlands and obtained my MSc degree at Utrecht University and PhD at VU University Amsterdam.
If I am not doing science I enjoy several other activities. I love classical (especially early) music and sang the in various choirs, such as Reading Bach Choir, the Capella Sanctorum Michaelis et Gudulae, Pasadena Master Chorale, and at the moment Brabants Kamerkoor. I like hiking and running and it makes me very happy when we can skate on natural ice in the Netherlands. When on holidays I like to SCUBA dive or do amateur astronomy.