"AS MY FLUMES TRAVEL, SO DO I"
Alumnus Jaco de Smit
"I’m currently doing a PhD at Royal NIOZ in Yerseke, studying biomorphological feedbacks using Field Flumes. These transportable flumes can manipulate hydrodynamics on location, and therefore allow us to answer questions that cannot be answered with lab experiments. As my flumes travel, so do I. At the moment I’m doing fieldwork in Sweden. Together with scientists from the Gothenburg University I am studying the formation of cliffs on the edge of seagrass meadows and the effect of seagrass on critical shear stress and turbidity. Understanding these dynamics is important, as these areas, which for example function as shelter for juveniles of many (commercial) fish species, are declining. The opportunity to do a flume study for my thesis and a study on vegetation-morphology interactions in rivers for my internship, provided me with the knowledge and skills to carry out this job. However, the most important skill that you will learn in the Master's programme in Earth Surface and Water is how to become an independent researcher."
"After my internship, I was offered a permanent position"
Alumna Jessica Bergsma
"I recently graduated from the Master’s programme in Earth Surface and Water, where I specialised in coastal dynamics and river systems. In the last semester of my studies I did an internship at Arcadis, a global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets. After my internship, I was offered a permanent position at their coastal and river department, where a vibrant team of specialists, advisors and project managers is working on coastal and river challenges, both in the Netherlands and abroad. For me a workweek is never the same, since every project is unique and projects have different lead times. For example, I am now working together with a team on the MIRT-research project ‘Sustainable riverbed of the Rhine branches’ for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and Rijkswaterstaat. We are investigating the different options for interventions in the summer bed of the Rhine branches on a short-term and long-term time scale to stop the long-term autonomous erosion of the riverbed. We are doing this by incorporating different interventions in the morphological model, such as dredging, sediment nourishment and groyne adaptions, after which we look at the morphological response of the river. Our work includes exploring the various interventions possible in a river and the modelling itself. I gained the knowledge about the interventions and about the modelling during the Master’s programme."