Curriculum Vitae Erik van Sebille
Dr Erik van Sebille
- Associate Professor in Oceanography and Climate Change at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Department of Physics, Utrecht University in The Netherlands
Main research interests
- The pathways and time scales on which ocean currents carry water, heat, nutrients, plankton and plastic around the ocean, and the impact of climate change on these pathways.
- 2017 - present: Associate Professor at the at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Department of Physics, Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Working on pathways and connections between ocean basins using Lagrangian trajectories, and their impact on climate.
- 2011 - 2015: Faculty staff member at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (first five moths as a post-doc).
- 2005 - 2009: PhD student in the Physical Oceanography group at IMAU,
supervised by Prof Peter Jan van Leeuwen and Prof Will de Ruijter. Resulted in a
dissertation entitled Assessing Agulhas leakage, of which all six research chapters are published in peer-reviewed journals.
Grants, Awards, Fellowships and Honours
- Co-Investigator on a NWO Grant "Dynamics and climatic imprint of the early Antarctic Circumpolar Current", led by Anna von der Heydt.
- Co-Investigator on a Fundacion BBVA Grant "Reconstrucción histórica y tendencias futuras de la contaminación por plástico en el océano global", led by Andrés Cózar.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, through completion of the PGCert in University Learning and Teaching.
- Recipient of a 2013 Climate Fellowship for science communication in the media, established by the Australian Climate Commission.
- Chief Investigator on the Linkage Project "Understanding the effect of small-scale ocean process on tuna populations - a new tool to forecast tuna distributions for use in fisheries management", funded by the Australian Research Council at AU$220k for 2014-2016.
- Chief Investigator on the EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Award "Extracting Lagrangian information from numerical ocean models in the petascale age" at £42k for 2015-2016.
- Awardee of a Bert Bolin Centre Visiting Fellowship from the University of Stockholm.
- Winner of the Best Student Oral Presentation Award at the 2009 International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography.
- Convenor and Lecturer of BS1901 - The Science of Climate Change (2016).
- Co-convenor and Lecturer of Computational Physics (2016).
- Guest lecturer on Climate Science within the course Macroeconomics and Sustainability at the Australian Campus of University College London (2014).
- Lecturer at the 2012 Winter School of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (2012, 2013 and 2014).
- Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate class in Numerical Physics using Mathematica, Fortran, and C (2006 - 2008).
- Guest lectures on the role of the ocean in climate for high school students and freshman undergrads (2006 - current).
Student and postdoc supervision
- Supervisor on the PhD project of Ronan McAdam (October 2015 - now).
- Joint Supervisor on the PhD project of Shirley Qin (July 2012 - December 2015).
- Supervisor on the PhD exchange project of Jesús Peña Izquierdo (Institut Ciencies del Mar Barcelona, visiting August 2012 - March 2013).
- Co-supervisor on the postdoc project of Joe Scutt-Phillips (February 2016 - now).
- Supervisor on the postdoc project of Michael Lange (September 2015 - now).
- Supervisor on the postdoc project of Paulina Cetina Heredia (March 2015 - December 2015).
- Supervisor on the MSc project of Pascal Dubois (June 2016 - September 2016).
- Supervisor on the MSc project of Tim Rhys-Hedgeland (June 2016 - September 2016).
- Supervisor on the MSc project of Charles Axelsson (June 2016 - September 2016).
- Supervisor on the MSc project of Adam Mohmed (October 2015 - June 2016).
- Supervisor on the MSc project of Omar Jahangir (October 2015 - June 2016).
- Supervisor on the MSc practicum exchange project of Joel Kronborg (from Lund University, visiting February 2016 - July 2016)
- Supervisor on the MSc practicum exchange project of Steffie Ypma (from Utrecht University, visiting August 2014 - April 2015)
- Co-supervisor on the honours thesis project of Keith Huang (July 2014 - June 2015).
- Supervisor on the honours thesis project of Nicholas Calhau (February 2014 - November 2014).
- Supervisor on the University Research Opportunity Programme (UROP) project of Thomas Stokes (July 2016 - September 2016).
- Supervisor on the University Research Opportunity Programme (UROP) project of Peter Sherman (July 2015 - September 2015).
- Supervisor on the UNSW Faculty of Science Summer Vacation Research Scholarships of Jennifer Halstead and Chloe Vandervord (November 2013 - February 2014).
- Supervisor on the ARC Centre of Excellence Summer Scholarship of Edward McDonald (November 2012 - February 2013).
- Supervision of five graduate students for six week projects on numerical simulation of the oceans (2008 - 2009).
- More than 100 interviews on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in March to May 2014. These include CNN (16 times), BBC (8 times), New York Times (4 times), Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Science Magazine, Discovery Channel, AP, Reuters, AFP, Sydney Morning Herald, all the Australian television networks (ABC, SBS, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10), as well as Dutch media.
- Featured in an episode of the documentary series Tipping Points, produced by Unboxed Media. Went on expedition to the tiny Pacific Island Nation of Tuvalu, to document the effects of sea level rise on this atoll nation. Series was internationally aired in second half of 2013.
- In-studio interview with UNSWtv, edited into a three-minute talking head video, in January 2013. The video has been viewed more than 13,000 times in the first three months that it has been up on YouTube.
- Interviews with Australian ABC Radio National on the formation of the garbage patches, on the Breakfast show in January 2013 and on the Life Matters show in June 2013.
- In-depth (20 minutes) interview with Sydney radio station EastSide FM explaining the El Nino phenomenon in October 2013.
- Interview with Dutch national Radio 1 on the most important findings of the PhD thesis in October 2009.
- Three weeks on the Aurora Australis to resupply the Antarctic Research Station Casey (January 2014).
- Three weeks on the R/V Knorr to service a mooring array east of the Bahamas (April 2011).
- Four weeks on the R/V Oceanus to service a mooring array east of the Bahamas (April 2010).
- Two weeks on the F/S Meteor to service a mooring array in the Mozambique Channel (January 2008).
- Two weeks on the R/V Pelagia to study internal waves in the Bay of Biscay (April 2005).
- Four weeks on the R/V Pelagia to study internal waves in the Canary Basin (October 2004).
Education and Summerschools
- Member of the UNESCO/UNEP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) working group on marine pollution.
- Initiator, developer and project manager of www.adrift.org.au, a website where the public can engage with the marine plastics problem.
- Initiator, developer and project manager of www.plastinography.org, a website where all information on marine plastics is collated - specifically aimed for classrooms.
- Member of the Scientific Committee of the 2015 Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Annual Meeting.
- Member of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS).
- Partnering in the Scientists in Schools program, visiting high schools in Sydney and mentoring students interested in science.
- Member of the science content team for the new high-school e-learning module EΔRTH on climate change as part of the Australian Government Smart Science Initiative.