Utrecht Studies in Earth Sciences

Utrecht Studies in Earth Sciences (USES) is the main publication series in which PhD dissertations of the Departments of Earth Sciences ánd Physical Geography are published since 2011. Most, yet not all dissertations are published in this series. Incidentally, other publications are also published in this series.

Below is an overview of all USES-dissertations with the Department of Earth Sciences (projects may be in collaboration with others). When applicable, a link is provided to the publication in the UU-repository.

USESPhDTitle
 2020 
222A. BéguinHighs, lows, and puzzling intensity variations of the Earth's magnetic field
220S. LazarevFrom the Eastern Paratethys to the Pontocaspian basins. Late Miocene–Middle Pleistocene magneto-biostratigraphy, sedimentary architecture and faunal turnovers of the shrinking basins of West Eurasia
218J.R. Carvalho Henriques da SilvaThe influence of underwater embankment properties on breaching failures
217A.J.L. BuijzeNumerical and experimental simulation of fault reactivation and earthquake rupture applied to induced seismicity in the Groningen gas field
215W. ZhouInvestigating the Groningen gas reservoir: From passive seismic monitoring to experiments on effects of pore pressure on fault slip
214L.B. HunfeldFrictional properties of simulated fault gouges from the Groningen gas field and implications for induced seismicity
212A.H.S. ChikAdvancing microbial risk assessments of subsurface water sources
210M. HermansImpact of cable bacteria and changes in bottom water oxygen on coastal sediment biogeochemistry
209E.L. JorissenThe Pontocaspian basins in a grain of sand: Coastal sedimentary architecture, forcing mechanisms, and faunal turnover events in restricted basins
208F. AkbarashrafiResolvability of the 3D density structure of the Earth's mantle using normal mode theory
207S. van de VeldeMollusc species response to drivers in space in time. Rise and demise of the unique Pontocaspian fauna
206S.P. AkseStudying climate signals through microscale chemical variability in diatoms. A high-resolution chemical imaging study of biogenic silica
205J.H. van LopikDesign of recharge and abstraction well systems in heterogeneous aquifers: modeling and experimental studies
 2019 
203E. GeerkenElements in foraminiferal shells as recorders of past climates
202M.T.W. SchimmelEffects of pore fluid chemistry on compaction of sand and sandstone reservoirs: From experiments to potential applications and associated risks
201A. RoepertImaging element distributions within small marine calcifiers: a NanoSIMS perspective
200N. NijholtSTEP faults and lithosphere dynamics in the Mediterranean
199A.D. ÖzbakırEvolving plate boundaries in the Aegean–Anatolian region
198M.A. BesselingSources and genetic controls of lipid biomarkers involved in paleotemperature proxies
195E. KorkolisRotary shear experiments on glass bead aggregates: Stick-slip statistics and parallels with natural seismicity
194R.P.J. PijnenburgDeformation behavior of reservoir sandstones from the seismogenic Groningen gas field
192W.K. LenstraDynamics of iron and manganese in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea
191M. van UnenIntegrating kinematics, mechanics of deformation, thermal modelling, and diagenesis in orogenic systems: the Dinarides example
190M.J. CramwinckelTrends and transients in climate and environment during the Eocene
189E.K.L.H. Dearing
Crampton-Flood
Towards reliable reconstructions of Pliocene terrestrial temperatures using branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers
188M. ZhangStress-strain-sorption behaviour and permeability evolution in clay-rich rocks under CO2 storage conditions
187L.G.J. van BreeSources and temporal variability of lipid biomarkers in Lake Chala (East Africa), with implications for their sedimentary record
185M.R.T. FratersTowards numerical modelling of natural subduction systems with an application to Eastern Caribbean subduction
182E.M. MezgerControls on sodium incorporation in foraminiferal calcite
181F. PohlTurbidity currents and their deposits in abrupt morphological transition zone
178R. van der PloegBalance and imbalance: a middle Eocene perspective on coupled carbon cycle and climate change
177T.M. HoyleBiotic change and landlocked seas: ecosystem responses to climate and sea level variability in the Plio-Pleistocene of the Pontocaspian basins
175A. GlerumGeodynamics of complex plate boundary regions: Insights from numerical models of convergent eastern Mediterranean and divergent east African plate tectonics
173L.M. BoschmanReconstructing lost plates of the Panthalassa Ocean
172A.H. TavangarradExperimental and computational study of unsaturated flow in a stack of thin layers; application to hygienic absorbent products
171H. AslannejadImbibition into a thin porous medium: an experimental and pore-scale modeling study of coated paper
170E.N. KuiperFlow in naturally deformed ice: a cryogenic electron microscopy and modelling study of the NEEM ice core
169S. Ní FhlaitheartaCalibration and application of foraminiferal based trace metal proxies in the Mediterranean Sea
 2018 
164I. ZarikosPore-scale experimental studies of two-phase flow in porous media. Focusing on the discontinuous non-wetting phase
163A.L. HovingRedox properties of Boom Clay and their effect on reactions with selenium and uranium
162K. SantChanging Seas in the Miocene of Central Europe: chronostratigraphic and paleogeographic updates on Paratethys evolution
161P. McPheePreparing the ground for plateau growth. Central Anatolian uplift in the context of Tauride and Cypriot orogenesis
158I.A. Mongol Akhir KhanReactive transport and stable isotope fractionation of volatilized petroleum hydrocarbons in porous media: Experimental and numerical analysis
157M. KoroniStudying global discontinuities using full waveforms
155D.V. PalcuThe Dire Straits of Paratethys: Dating, matching and modeling connectivity between the Miocene seas of Eurasia
154N.A. BlomTowards imaging density using waveform tomography
153M.P.A. van den EndeMicrophysically based modelling of fault friction and earthquake rupture
151X. YinPore-scale mechanisms of two-phase flow in porous materials; Volume-of-Fluid method and pore-network modelling
150J. LimbergerThermo-mechanical characterization of the lithosphere: Implications for geothermal resources
149W.-B. BartelsPore scale processes in mixed-wet systems with application to low salinity waterflooding
147D.A. MonselsBauxite formation on Tertiary sediments and Proterozoic bedrock in Suriname
 2017 
146J. WuContributions of hydroclimate variability and associated North-African riverine fluxes to eastern-Mediterranean sapropel formation and related seawater circulation
143T. SweijenA grain-scale study of unsaturated flow in highly swelling granular materials
142A. van der BoonFrom Peri-Tethys to Paratethys: Basin restriction and anoxia in central Eurasia linked to volcanic belts in Iran
139aD.G. van der MeerAtlas of the Underworld: Paleo-subduction, -geography, -atmosphere and -sea level reconstructed from present-day mantle structure
138M.D. GürerSubduction evolution in the Anatolian region: the rise, demise, and fate of the Anadolu Plate
136N. AndrićQuantifying sedimentation in extensional basins and magmatism during continental collision
134J. de LeeuwThe sedimentary record of submarine channel morphodynamics
132A. BalászDynamic model for the formation and evolution of the Pannonian Basin: the link between tectonics and sedimentation
131A.L. LavecchiaContinental rift formation and transition to ocean sea floor spreading: A case study of the Afar triple junction
130S.E. AtkinsFinding the patterns in mantle convection
129D. SimonGateway exchange, climatic forcing and circulation of the Mediterranean Sea during the late Miocene: A model perspective
128W. CapellaGateway to a vanishing ocean: the tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Rifian Corridor (Morocco) and the Late Miocene isolation of the Mediterranean
127F.A. Sulu-GambariImpact of cable bacteria on biogeochemical cycling in sediments of a seasonally hypoxic marine basin
126N. DijkstraPhosphorus dynamics in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea
125I.E. van GelderInterfering orogenic processes derived from Alps-Adria interactions
124E. BakkerFrictional and transport properties of simulated faults in CO2 storage reservoirs and clay-rich caprocks
123L. ZhuangAdvanced theories of water redistribution and infiltration in porous media; Experimental studies and modelling
122J.M. LammersMicrobial carbon processing in present-day lacustrine food webs: A multidimensional approach using stable isotopes, membrane lipid chemistry and modelling
121L.B. StapInteraction of ice sheets and climate on geological time scales
 2016 
118T.K.T. WolterbeekImpact of chemical and mechanical processes on wellbore integrity in CO2 storage systems
117M.W.L. MonsterMulti-method palaeointensity data of the geomagnetic field during the past 500 kyrs from European volcanoes
115W.A. van LeeuwenGeothermal exploration using the magnetotelluric method
114S. KabothDeciphering the paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic changes of the Gulf of Cadiz during the past 2.6 million years
113M.J. EggerAnaerobic oxidation of methane and its impact on iron and phosphorus cycling in marine sediments
112A. RodríguezVolcanic lake systems as terrestrial analogue for sulphate-rich terrains on Mars
111J. LiuMechanical effects of sorption processes in coal and implications for coalbed methane recovery
109N.T. MarshallImproving the age control of eastern Borneo's Miocene sedimentary record
108D. de VosThe crustal and upper mantle structure around the Gulf of California, inferred from surface wave data and receiver functions
107A. GrotheThe Messinian Salinity Crisis: a Paratethyan perspective
106H. BeddowOrbital forcing and climate response: astronomically tuned age models and stable isotope records for the Oligocene-Miocene
105V. LauretanoAstrochronology of extreme global warming events during the early Eocene greenhouse climate
103J. FrielingClimate, carbon cycling and marine ecology during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
100M. HoinsIsotopic fractionation during carbon acquisition in dinoflagellates; a new proxy for pCO2?
 2015 
99A. GalićUnravelling atmospheric photolysis and ocean redox chemistry from Paleoarchean pyrite: a multiple sulfur and iron stable isotope study
98A. De la Vara FernandezModel analysis of the role of marine gateways in the palaeoceanography and sea level of the Miocene Mediterranean basin and Paratethys
96P. KäuflRapid probabilistic source inversion using pattern recognition
94B. MuellerShedding light on DOC release by benthic primary producers and its consumption by bioeroding sponges
93E.C. CalignanoRheological and structural inheritance: key parameters for intraplate deformation. A study based on analogue models
92D.A.M. de WinterFocused Ion Beam – Scanning Electron Microscopy applied to electrically insulating materials
91T.Y.M. Konijnendijk1.2 million years of climate change, globally and in the Mediterranean
90B.A. VerberneStrength, stability, and microstructure of simulated calcite faults sheared under laboratory conditions spanning the brittle-plastic transition
89M.S. TilitaEvolution of the Transylvanian Basin: inferences from seismic interpretation and numerical modelling
87C.G.C. van BaakMediterranean-Paratethys connectivity during the Late Miocene to Recent: Unraveling geodynamic and paleoclimatic causes of sea-level
86R.W.L. de WithRevisiting Earth's radial seismic structure using a Bayesian neural network approach
85M. HagensImpact of biogeochemical processes on pH dynamics in marine systems
84N. MuhammadDeformation and transport processes in salt rocks: an experimental study exploring effects of pressure and stress relaxation
82L.K. BucklesUnravelling sources and sinks of branched and isoprenoid tetraether membrane lipids in two lakes: implications for their use as geochemical tracer
80W. HuangPaleomagnetic constraints on tectonic reconstructions of the India-Asia collision zone
78F.M. HennekamHigh-frequency climate variability in the late Quaternary eastern Mediterranean: Associations of Nile discharge and basin overturning circulation dynamics
77T. YudistiraThe crustal structure beneath the Netherlands inferred from ambient seismic noise
76J. ChenCompositional, mechanical and transport properties of carbonate fault rocks and the seismic cycle in limestone terrains: A case study of surface exposures on the Longmenshan Fault, Sichuan, China
75A.M.H. PluymakersFrictional and sealing behaviour of simulated anhydrite fault gouge: Effects of CO2 and implications for fault stability and caprock integrity
74I. Ruvalcaba BaroniBiogeochemical response to widespread anoxia in the past ocean
73J. VellekoopBolide impact and long- and short term environmental change across the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary
71M.M.A. ElkelaniSilurian and Devonian source rocks and crude oils from the western part of Libya. Organic geochemistry, playnology and carbon isotope stratigraphy
70N.A.G.M. van HelmondCauses and consequences of widespread ocean anoxia in the past
 2014 
69C.M. De Freixa LeotePhosphorus recycling and availability in the Western Wadden Sea
68M. Chertova3-D numerical modeling of subduction evolution of the western Mediterranean region
67S. LiCoupled electric and transport phenomena in porous media
65M. Ghareh MahmoodluOxidation of volatile organic compound vapours by potassium permanganate in a horizontal permeable reactive barrier under unsaturated conditions: experiments and modeling
64V.N. NovakLarger benthic foraminifera in Miocene carbonates of Indonesia
63N.K. Santodomingo AguilarMiocene reef-coral diversity of Indonesia: unlocking the murky origins of the Coral Triangle
62D.D.P. BontéThermal characterisation of sedimentary basins: implications for geothermal and hydrocarbon exploration in The Netherlands and France
59M.Gholami GharasooReactive transport simulations of microbial activity and biogeochemical transformations in porous environments - development and application of a pore-network model
58A.H.W. BeusenTransport of nutrients from land to sea: Global modeling approaches and uncertainty analysis
57S. ReichSeagrass mollusks as a model group for paleoecological and paleodiversity studies
56M.-L. S. GoudeauDecadal to millennial time-scale climate variability in the Central Mediterranean during the Holocene:  a reconstruction based on geochemical proxies from high-resolution sedimentary records
55J.H.C. BosmansA model perspective on orbital forcing of monsoons and Mediterranean climate using EC-Earth
54A. van HoeselThe Younger Dryas climate change: was it caused by an extraterrestrial impact?
52G.M. BrouwersEcosystem recovery after hypoxia: what can foraminifera indicate?
51E. Di MartinoCenozoic bryozoans from Borneo
 2013 
49Q. ZhangColloid transport, retention, and remobilization during two-phase flow: Micro-model investigation and modeling
48S. GeilertSilicon isotope fractionation during silica precipitation from aqueous solutions - Experimental and field evidence
46R.P.M. TopperA model analysis of atypical marine sedimentation in Mediterranean basins
45M.M. ter BorghConnections between sedimentary basins during continental collision: how tectonic, surface and sedimentary processes shaped the Paratethys
44S.A.C. van BenthemPlate dynamics, mantle structure and tectonic evolution of the Caribbean region
43M. ImranAn experimental study of thermal and thermohaline convection in saturated porous media
42G. VilliersDelta and fan morphologies on Mars as climate indicators
40W.I. van de LagewegMorphodynamics and sedimentary architecture of meandering rivers
39C.J.R. ZeedenImproving the Neogene Tuned Time Scale
38R.E. BosboomPaleogeography of the Central Asian proto-Paratethys Sea in the Eocene: controlling mechanisms and paleoenvironmental impacts
37L.V. de GrootHigh-resolution records of non-dipole variations in the intensity of the Earth's magnetic field
36W. StolkRobust high resolution models of the continental lithosphere: Methodology and application to Asia
34N.K. KaradimtriouTwo-phase flow experimental studies in micro-models
33S.A.M. HartogFrictional behaviour of megathrust fault gouges under in-situ subduction zone conditions
32M.F. HamersIdentifying shock microstructures in quartz from terrestrial impacts: new scanning electron microscopy methods
31D.L. RoerdinkGeology and stable isotope geochemistry of Paleoarchean sulfur. Formation, preservation and geobiology of ancient pyrite and barite
30F. RickersImaging the Earth's small-scale structure using full-waveform inversion: Theory and application to the imaging of mantle plumes
 2012 
28A.J.P. HoubenTriggers and consequences of glacial expansion across the Eocene - Oligocene Transition
27Y.-C. ZhangCoupled biogeochemical dynamics of nitrogen and sulfur in a sandy aquifer and implications for groundwater quality
26J.C. WitCalibration, validation and application of foraminiferal carbonate based proxies: reconstructing temperature, salinity and sea water Mg/Ca
24K.A. MitchellBiogeochemistry of selenium isotopes: processes, cycling and paleoenvironmental applications
22E.E. van SoelenReconstructing Holocene (sub)tropical climate and cyclone variability using geochemical proxies
21F.J.G. van den BeltSedimentary cycles in coal and evaporite basins and applications in the reconstruction of Paleozoic climate
19E. DombrádiDeformation of the Pannonian lithosphere and related tectonic topography: a depth-to-surface analysis
18C. de BiaseNumerical modeling and experimental analysis of volatile contaminant removal from vertical flow filters
17G.R. SadeghiEffect of geochemical conditions on the transport of viruses in groundwater
16I. MunteanuEvolution of the western Black Sea: kinematic and sedimentological inferences from geological observations and analogue modelling
15K.V. StolpovskySimulating the influence of dormancy on microbial community dynamics
14J. de VriesLunar evolution: a combined numerical modelling and HPT experimental study
13J. Fernández LozanoCainozoic deformation of Iberia: A model for intraplate mountain building and basin development based on analogue modelling
11K.N. RuckstuhlDynamics and stress field of the Eurasian plate: A combined lithosphere-mantle approach
10M.J.B. CartignyMorphodynamics of supercritical high-density turbidity currents
9S. VollrathMicrobial Fe(II) oxidation at circumneutral pH: Reaction kinetics, mineral products, and distribution of neutrophilic iron oxidizers in wetland soils
 2011 
8S. HolStress-strain-sorption behaviour of coal matrix material exposed to CO2
5J. BrandsmaThe origin and fate of intact polar lipids in the marine environment
4D. VentraBasement and climate controls on proximal depositional systems in continental settings
3C.J.C. LefêbvreThe tectonics of the Central Anatolian crystalline complex: a structural, metamorphic and paleomagnetic study