dr. E. (Erik) van Sebille
e.vansebille@uu.nl
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Profile

Erik is an oceanographer and climate scientist, investigating the time scales and pathways of the global ocean circulation.

His research focuses on how currents in the ocean transport heat and nutrients, as well as marine organisms and plastics between different regions of the ocean. 

He currently leads the "Tracking Of Plastic In Our Seas" (TOPIOS) project, funded by a 5-year (2017-2022) European Research Council Starting Grant.

Erik is the winner of the 2016 European Geosciences Union (EGU) Ocean Division Outstanding Young Scientist Award. In 2013, Erik was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) by the Australian Research Council.

Erik is a strong science communicator, with appearances on international television, radio and newspapers. He was a Media Fellow with the Australian Government Climate Commission and has co-hosted a section on sea level rise in Tuvalu in the international documentary series Tipping Points.

He is a sought-after international expert on oceanography, having done over 200 interviews on ocean circulation and plastic pollution with media outlets including CCNBBCNBCABC, New York TimesWall Street JournalGuardianTIME magazine, AP, and Reuters.

Erik also holds an honorary lectureship at Imperial College London's Grantham Institute

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
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Curriculum vitae

Career

  • [Apr 2017 – Now] Associate Professor at the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • [Mar 2015 – Mar 2017] Lecturer at the Grantham Institute & Department of Physics, Imperial College London, UK.
  • [Mar 2012 – Jan 2015] Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.
  • [Oct 2011 – Feb 2012] Postdoctoral scientist at the CCRC, UNSW, Sydney, Australia.
  • [Nov 2009 – Sep 2011] Postdoctoral associate at the University of Miami, USA.

Education

  • [Sep 2015 – Jul 2016] Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning at Imperial College London.
  • [Sep 2005 – Oct 2009] PhD in Physical Oceanography at Utrecht University, Netherlands.
  • [Sep 1999 – Aug 2005] BSc and MSc in Physics (Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate) at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Research interests

  • The impact of ocean plastic pollution and climate change on marine ecosystems.
  • The use of (numerical) Lagrangian trajectories to track the global ocean circulation.
  • The way ocean currents carry heat, nutrients, plankton and plastic around the world.

Personal awards, fellowships and prizes

  • [Sep 2016] Winner of the Imperial College President’s Achievement Award for Excellence in Societal Engagement.
  • [Aug 2016] European Research Council H2020 Starting Grant “Tracking Of Plastic In Our Oceans” (€1.5M).
  • [Apr 2016] Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Ocean’s Division.
  • [Dec 2013] ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) on "Inter-ocean exchange around Australia and its relation to regional and global climate" (AU$375k).
  • [Oct 2013] Best Early Career Paper Award from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.
  • [Jun 2013] Media Fellowship for science communication from the Australian Climate Commission.
  • [Feb 2009] Best Student Presentation Award at the 2009 International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography in Melbourne, Australia.

Competitive grants

  • [Sep 2016] Co-Investigator on Dutch NWO project “Dynamics and climatic imprint of the early Antarctic Circumpolar Current” (€230k).
  • [Aug 2016] Partner Investigator on Spanish BBVA project “Reconstrucción histórica y tendencias futuras de la contaminación por plástico en el océano global” (€99.7k).
  • [Jun 2015] Chief Investigator on an EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Award "Extracting Lagrangian information from numerical ocean models in the petascale age" (£42k).
  • [Jun 2014] Principle Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant on “Understanding the effect of small-scale ocean process on tuna populations – a new tool to forecast tuna distributions for use in fisheries management” (AU$220k).

Committee membership

  • [Apr 2016 – Now] Taught Programme External Examiner for University College London (UCL) on the Physical Geography MSc Degree in Environmental Modelling.
  • [Mar 2015 – Mar 2017] Member of the UK Future Earth Committee, on behalf of the Royal Society.
  • [Mar 2015 – Now] Member of the UNESCO/UNEP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) working group on marine pollution.

 See erik.vansebille.com/science/cv.html for a full CV

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Author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, including in ScienceNature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, and Proceedings of the Royal Society.

See https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=2Pb1HdUAAAAJ&hl=en for citation information

Key publications

Cózar, Andrés, Martí, Elisa, Duarte, Carlos M, García-de-Lomas, Juan, van Sebille, Erik, Ballatore, Thomas J, Eguíluz, Victor M, González-Gordillo, J Ignacio, Pedrotti, Maria L, Echevarría, Fidel, Troublè, Romain & Irigoien, Xabier (2017). The Arctic Ocean as a dead end for floating plastics in the North Atlantic branch of the Thermohaline Circulation. Science advances, 3 (4).

Van Sebille, Erik, Wilcox, Chris, Lebreton, Laurent, Maximenko, Nikolai, Hardesty, Britta Denise, Van Franeker, Jan A., Eriksen, Marcus, Siegel, David, Galgani, Francois & Law, Kara Lavender (08.12.2015). A global inventory of small floating plastic debris. Environmental Research Letters, 10 (12).

Hellweger, Ferdi L., Van Sebille, Erik & Fredrick, Neil D. (12.09.2014). Biogeographic patterns in ocean microbes emerge in a neutral agent-based model. Science, 345 (6202), (pp. 1346-1349) (4 p.).

Van Sebille, Erik, England, Matthew H. & Froyland, Gary (2012). Origin, dynamics and evolution of ocean garbage patches from observed surface drifters. Environmental Research Letters, 7 (4).

All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Coleman, Melinda A., Cetina-Heredia, Paulina, Roughan, Moninya, Feng, Ming, van Sebille, Erik & Kelaher, Brendan P. (2017). Anticipating changes to future connectivity within a network of marine protected areas. Global Change Biology
Everett, Jason D., van Sebille, Erik, Taylor, Matthew D., Suthers, Iain M., Setio, Christopher, Cetina-Heredia, Paulina & Smith, James A. (2017). Dispersal of Eastern King Prawn larvae in a western boundary current - New insights from particle tracking. Fisheries Oceanography
Krüger, L., Ramos, J. A., Xavier, J. C., Grémillet, D., González-Solís, J., Kolbeinsson, Y., Militão, T., Navarro, J., Petry, M. V., Phillips, R. A., Ramírez, I., Reyes-González, J. M., Ryan, P. G., Sigurdsson, I. A., van Sebille, Erik, Wanless, R. M. & Paiva, V. H. (2017). Identification of candidate pelagic marine protected areas through a seabird seasonal-, multispecific- and extinction risk-based approach. Animal Conservation
Cózar, Andrés, Martí, Elisa, Duarte, Carlos M, García-de-Lomas, Juan, van Sebille, Erik, Ballatore, Thomas J, Eguíluz, Victor M, González-Gordillo, J Ignacio, Pedrotti, Maria L, Echevarría, Fidel, Troublè, Romain & Irigoien, Xabier (2017). The Arctic Ocean as a dead end for floating plastics in the North Atlantic branch of the Thermohaline Circulation. Science advances, 3 (4).
Turney, Chris S.M., Fogwill, Christopher J., Palmer, Jonathan G., Van Sebille, Erik, Thomas, Zoë, McGlone, Matt, Richardson, Sarah, Wilmshurst, Janet M., Fenwick, Pavla, Zunz, Violette, Goosse, Hugues, Wilson, Kerry Jayne, Carter, Lionel, Lipson, Mathew, Jones, Richard T., Harsch, Melanie, Clark, Graeme, Marzinelli, Ezequiel, Rogers, Tracey, Rainsley, Eleanor, Ciasto, Laura, Waterman, Stephanie, Thomas, Elizabeth R. & Visbeck, Martin (15.03.2017). Tropical forcing of increased Southern Ocean climate variability revealed by a 140-year subantarctic temperature reconstruction. Climate of the Past, 13 (3), (pp. 231-248) (18 p.).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Fogwill, Christopher J., Van Sebille, Erik, Cougnon, Eva A., Turney, Chris S M, Rintoul, Steve R., Galton-Fenzi, Benjamin K., Clark, Graeme F., Marzinelli, E. M., Rainsley, Eleanor B. & Carter, Lionel (04.11.2016). Brief communication - Impacts of a developing polynya off Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica, triggered by grounding of iceberg B09B. Cryosphere, 10 (6), (pp. 2603-2609) (7 p.).
Doblin, Martina A. & Van Sebille, Erik (17.05.2016). Drift in ocean currents impacts intergenerational microbial exposure to temperature. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113 (20), (pp. 5700-5705) (6 p.).
Grist, Jeremy P., Josey, Simon A., Jacobs, Zoe L., Marsh, Robert, Sinha, Bablu & Van Sebille, Erik (01.06.2016). Extreme air–sea interaction over the North Atlantic subpolar gyre during the winter of 2013–2014 and its sub-surface legacy. Climate Dynamics, 46 (11-12), (pp. 4027-4045) (19 p.).
Sen Gupta, Alex, McGregor, Shayne, Van Sebille, Erik, Ganachaud, Alexandre, Brown, Jaclyn N. & Santoso, Agus (28.02.2016). Future changes to the Indonesian Throughflow and Pacific circulation - The differing role of wind and deep circulation changes. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (4), (pp. 1669-1678) (10 p.).
Qin, Xuerong, Menviel, Laurie, Sen Gupta, Alex & van Sebille, Erik (28.09.2016). Iron sources and pathways into the Pacific Equatorial Undercurrent. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (18), (pp. 9843-9851) (9 p.).
Sherman, Peter & Van Sebille, Erik (19.01.2016). Modeling marine surface microplastic transport to assess optimal removal locations. Environmental Research Letters, 11 (1).
Teske, Peter R., Sandoval-Castillo, Jonathan, Van Sebille, Erik, Waters, Jonathan & Beheregaray, Luciano B. (30.09.2016). Oceanography promotes self-recruitment in a planktonic larval disperser. Scientific Reports, 6.
Schuyler, Qamar A., Wilcox, Chris, Townsend, Kathy A., Wedemeyer-Strombel, Kathryn R., Balazs, George, van Sebille, Erik & Hardesty, Britta Denise (01.02.2016). Risk analysis reveals global hotspots for marine debris ingestion by sea turtles. Global Change Biology, 22 (2), (pp. 567-576) (10 p.).
Yit Sen Bull, Christopher & Van Sebille, Erik (01.03.2016). Sources, fate, and pathways of Leeuwin Current water in the Indian Ocean and Great Australian Bight - A Lagrangian study in an eddy-resolving ocean model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121 (3), (pp. 1626-1639) (14 p.).
Hellweger, Ferdi L., Van Sebille, Erik, Calfee, Benjamin C., Chandler, Jeremy W., Zinser, Erik R., Swan, Brandon K. & Fredrick, Neil D. (01.12.2016). The role of ocean currents in the temperature selection of plankton - Insights from an individual-based model. PLoS One, 11 (12).
Ypma, S. L., van Sebille, Erik, Kiss, A. E. & Spence, P. (01.01.2016). The separation of the East Australian Current - A Lagrangian approach to potential vorticity and upstream control. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121 (1), (pp. 758-774) (17 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Van Sebille, Erik, Wilcox, Chris, Lebreton, Laurent, Maximenko, Nikolai, Hardesty, Britta Denise, Van Franeker, Jan A., Eriksen, Marcus, Siegel, David, Galgani, Francois & Law, Kara Lavender (08.12.2015). A global inventory of small floating plastic debris. Environmental Research Letters, 10 (12).
Biastoch, Arne, Durgadoo, Jonathan V., Morrison, Adele K., Van Sebille, Erik, Weijer, Wilbert & Griffies, Stephen M. (10.12.2015). Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation covaries with Agulhas leakage. Nature Communications, 6.
Sen Gupta, A., Brown, J. N., Jourdain, N. C., van Sebille, Erik, Ganachaud, A. & Vergés, A. (01.03.2015). Episodic and non-uniform shifts of thermal habitats in a warming ocean. Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 113, (pp. 59-72) (14 p.).
Graham, Robert M., De Boer, Agatha M., van Sebille, Erik, Kohfeld, Karen E. & Schlosser, Christian (01.10.2015). Inferring source regions and supply mechanisms of iron in the Southern Ocean from satellite chlorophyll data. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 104, (pp. 9-25) (17 p.).
Van Sebille, Erik, Scussolini, Paolo, Durgadoo, Jonathan V., Peeters, Frank J C, Biastoch, Arne, Weijer, Wilbert, Turney, Chris, Paris, Claire B. & Zahn, Rainer (04.03.2015). Ocean currents generate large footprints in marine palaeoclimate proxies. Nature Communications, 6.
Teske, Peter R., Sandoval-Castillo, Jonathan, Van Sebille, Erik, Waters, Jonathan & Beheregaray, Luciano B. (21.07.2015). On-shelf larval retention limits population connectivity in a coastal broadcast spawner. Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 532, (pp. 1-12) (12 p.).
Evans, K., Young, J. W., Nicol, S., Kolody, D., Allain, V., Bell, J., Brown, J. N., Ganachaud, A., Hobday, A. J., Hunt, B., Innes, J., Gupta, A. Sen, van Sebille, Erik, Kloser, R., Patterson, T. & Singh, A. (01.09.2015). Optimising fisheries management in relation to tuna catches in the western central Pacific Ocean - A review of research priorities and opportunities. Marine Policy, 59, (pp. 94-104) (11 p.).
Van Sebille, Erik, Waterman, Stephanie, Barthel, Alice, Lumpkin, Rick, Keating, Shane R., Fogwill, Chris & Turney, Chris (01.10.2015). Pairwise surface drifter separation in the western Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120 (10), (pp. 6769-6781) (13 p.).
Cetina-Heredia, Paulina, Roughan, Moninya, van Sebille, Erik, Feng, Ming & Coleman, Melinda A. (01.12.2015). Strengthened currents override the effect of warming on lobster larval dispersal and survival. Global Change Biology, 21 (12), (pp. 4377-4386) (10 p.).
Froyland, Gary, Horenkamp, Christian, Rossi, Vincent & van Sebille, Erik (2015). Studying an Agulhas ring's long-term pathway and decay with finite-time coherent sets. Chaos, 25 (8), (pp. 83119) (1 p.).
Garzoli, Silvia L., Dong, Shenfu, Fine, Rana, Meinen, Christopher S., Perez, Renellys C., Schmid, Claudia, Van Sebille, Erik & Yao, Qi (01.09.2015). The fate of the Deep Western Boundary Current in the South Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 103, (pp. 125-136) (12 p.).
Wilcox, Chris, Van Sebille, Erik, Hardesty, Britta Denise & Estes, James A. (22.09.2015). Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112 (38), (pp. 11899-11904) (6 p.).
Qin, Xuerong, Sen Gupta, Alex & Van Sebille, Erik (01.04.2015). Variability in the origins and pathways of Pacific Equatorial Undercurrent water. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120 (4), (pp. 3113-3128) (16 p.).
Peña-Izquierdo, Jesús, van Sebille, Erik, Pelegrí, Josep L., Sprintall, Janet, Mason, Evan, Llanillo, Pedro J. & Machín, Francisco (2015). Water mass pathways to the North Atlantic oxygen minimum zone. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 120 (5), (pp. 3350–3372).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
van Sebille, Erik (01.12.2014). Adrift.org.au - A free, quick and easy tool to quantitatively study planktonic surface drift in the global ocean. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 461, (pp. 317-322) (6 p.).
Hellweger, Ferdi L., Van Sebille, Erik & Fredrick, Neil D. (12.09.2014). Biogeographic patterns in ocean microbes emerge in a neutral agent-based model. Science, 345 (6202), (pp. 1346-1349) (4 p.).
Froyland, Gary, Stuart, Robyn M. & van Sebille, Erik (01.09.2014). How well-connected is the surface of the global ocean?. Chaos, 24 (3).
Weijer, Wilbert & van Sebille, Erik (2014). Impact of Agulhas leakage on the Atlantic overturning circulation in the CCSM4. Journal of Climate, 27 (1), (pp. 101-110) (10 p.).
Cetina-Heredia, P., Roughan, M., Van Sebille, E. & Coleman, M. A. (2014). Long-term trends in the East Australian Current separation latitude and eddy driven transport. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119 (7), (pp. 4351-4366) (16 p.).
Van Sebille, Erik, Sprintall, Janet, Schwarzkopf, Franziska U., Sen Gupta, Alex, Santoso, Agus, England, Matthew H., Biastoch, Arne & Böning, Claus W. (2014). Pacific-to-Indian Ocean connectivity - Tasman leakage, Indonesian Throughflow, and the role of ENSO. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 119 (2), (pp. 1365-1382) (18 p.).
Qin, Xuerong, van Sebille, Erik & Sen Gupta, Alexander (2014). Quantification of errors induced by temporal resolution on Lagrangian particles in an eddy-resolving model. Ocean Modelling, 76, (pp. 20-30) (11 p.).
Caley, Thibaut, Peeters, Frank J C, Biastoch, Arne, Rossignol, Linda, Van Sebille, Erik, Durgadoo, Jonathan, Malaizé, Bruno, Giraudeau, Jacques, Arthur, Kristina & Zahn, Rainer (28.02.2014). Quantitative estimate of the paleo-Agulhas leakage. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (4), (pp. 1238-1246) (9 p.).
Den Toom, Matthijs, Dijkstra, Henk A., Weijer, Wilbert, Hecht, Matthew W., Maltrud, Mathew E. & Van Sebille, Erik (2014). Response of a strongly eddying global ocean to North Atlantic freshwater perturbations. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 44 (2), (pp. 464-481) (18 p.).
Palmer, Jonathan, Turney, Chris, Hogg, Alan, Hilliam, Noel, Watson, Matt, van Sebille, Erik, Cowie, Winston, Jones, Richard & Petchey, Fiona (2014). The discovery of New Zealand's oldest shipwreck - possible evidence of further Dutch exploration of the South Pacific. Journal of Archaeological Science, 42 (1), (pp. 435-441) (7 p.).
Vergés, Adriana, Steinberg, Peter D., Hay, Mark E., Poore, Alistair G.B., Campbell, Alexandra H., Ballesteros, Enric, Heck, Kenneth L., Booth, David J., Coleman, Melinda A., Feary, David A., Figueira, Will, Langlois, Tim, Marzinelli, Ezequiel M., Mizerek, Toni, Mumby, Peter J., Nakamura, Yohei, Roughan, Moninya, van Sebille, Erik, Gupta, Alex Sen, Smale, Dan A., Tomas, Fiona, Wernberg, Thomas & Wilson, Shaun K. (09.07.2014). The tropicalization of temperate marine ecosystems - Climate-mediated changes in herbivory and community phase shifts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1789).
Spence, Paul, van Sebille, Erik, Saenko, Oleg A. & England, Matthew H. (2014). Using Eulerian and Lagrangian approaches to investigate wind-driven changes in the Southern Ocean abyssal circulation. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 44 (2), (pp. 662-675) (14 p.).
Rosso, Isabella, Hogg, Andrew McC, Strutton, Peter G., Kiss, Andrew E., Matear, Richard, Klocker, Andreas & van Sebille, Erik (2014). Vertical transport in the ocean due to sub-mesoscale structures - Impacts in the Kerguelen region. Ocean Modelling, 80, (pp. 10-23) (14 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Van Sebille, Erik, Spence, Paul, Mazloff, Matthew R., England, Matthew H., Rintoul, Stephen R. & Saenko, Oleg A. (28.05.2013). Abyssal connections of Antarctic Bottom Water in a Southern Ocean State Estimate. Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (10), (pp. 2177-2182) (6 p.).
Wilkins, David, Van Sebille, Erik, Rintoul, Stephen R., Lauro, Federico M. & Cavicchioli, Ricardo (2013). Advection shapes Southern Ocean microbial assemblages independent of distance and environment effects. Nature Communications, 4.
Paris, Claire B., Helgers, Judith, van Sebille, Erik & Srinivasan, Ashwanth (2013). Connectivity Modeling System - A probabilistic modeling tool for the multi-scale tracking of biotic and abiotic variability in the ocean. Environmental Modelling and Software, 42, (pp. 47-54) (8 p.).
Rossi, Vincent, Van Sebille, Erik, Sen Gupta, Alexander, Garçon, Véronique & England, Matthew H. (2013). Multi-decadal projections of surface and interior pathways of the Fukushima Cesium-137 radioactive plume. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 80, (pp. 37-46) (10 p.).
Scussolini, P., Van Sebille, E. & Durgadoo, J. V. (25.11.2013). Paleo agulhas rings enter the subtropical gyre during the penultimate deglaciation. Climate of the Past, 9 (6), (pp. 2631-2639) (9 p.).
Meinen, Christopher S., Johns, William E., Garzoli, Silvia L., van Sebille, Erik, Rayner, Darren, Kanzow, Torsten & Baringer, Molly O. (2013). Variability of the Deep Western Boundary Current at 26.5°N during 2004-2009. Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 85, (pp. 154-168) (15 p.).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Van Sebille, Erik, Johns, William E. & Beal, Lisa M. (2012). Does the vorticity flux from Agulhas rings control the zonal pathway of NADW across the South Atlantic?. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 117 (5).
Van Sebille, Erik, England, Matthew H. & Froyland, Gary (2012). Origin, dynamics and evolution of ocean garbage patches from observed surface drifters. Environmental Research Letters, 7 (4).
Van Sebille, Erik, England, Matthew H., Zika, Jan D. & Sloyan, Bernadette M. (28.03.2012). Tasman leakage in a fine-resolution ocean model. Geophysical Research Letters, 39 (6).
Weijer, Wilbert, Sloyan, Bernadette M., Maltrud, Mathew E., Jeffery, Nicole, Hecht, Matthew W., Hartin, Corinne A., Van Sebille, Erik, Wainer, Ilana & Landrum, Laura (2012). The southern ocean and its climate in CCSM4. Journal of Climate, 25 (8), (pp. 2652-2675) (24 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
van Sebille, Erik, Beal, Lisa M. & Johns, William E. (2011). Advective time scales of Agulhas leakage to the North Atlantic in surface drifter observations and the 3D OFES model. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 41 (5), (pp. 1026-1034) (9 p.).
Van Sebille, Erik, Baringer, Molly O., Johns, William E., Meinen, Christopher S., Beal, Lisa M., De Jong, M. Femke & Van Aken, Hendrik M. (2011). Propagation pathways of classical Labrador Sea water from its source region to 26°N. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 116 (12).
Van Sebille, Erik, Kamenkovich, Igor & Willis, Josh K. (01.01.2011). Quasi-zonal jets in 3-D Argo data of the northeast Atlantic. Geophysical Research Letters, 38 (2).
Lee, Sang Ki, Park, Wonsun, Van Sebille, Erik, Baringer, Molly O., Wang, Chunzai, Enfield, David B., Yeager, Stephen G. & Kirtman, Ben P. (01.09.2011). What caused the significant increase in Atlantic Ocean heat content since the mid-20th century?. Geophysical Research Letters, 38 (17).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
van Sebille, E., van Leeuwen, P.J., Biastoch, A. & de Ruijter, W.P.M. (2010). Flux comparison of Eulerian and Lagrangian estimates of Agulhasleak age: a case study using a numerical model. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 57, (pp. 319-327) (9 p.).
van Sebille, E., van Leeuwen, P.J., Biastoch, A. & de Ruijter, W.P.M. (2010). On the fast decay of Agulhas rings. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 115, (pp. C03010/1-C03010/15) (15 p.).
  2009 - Scholarly publications
van Sebille, E., Biastoch, A., van Leeuwen, P.J. & de Ruijter, W.P.M. (2009). A weaker Agulhas Current leads to more Agulhas leakage. Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (L03601), (pp. 1-4) (4 p.).
van Sebille, Erik, van Leeuwen, P.J., Biastoch, A., Barron, N. & de Ruijter, W.P.M. (2009). Lagrangian validation of numerical drifter trajectories using drifting buoys: Application to the Agulhas system. Ocean Modelling, 29 (4), (pp. 296-276) (8 p.).
van Sebille, E., Barron, N., Biastoch, A., van Leeuwen, P.J., Vossepoel, F. & de Ruijter, W.P.M. (2009). Relating Agulhas leakage to the Agulhas Current retroflection location. Ocean Science, 5 (4), (pp. 511-521) (11 p.).
  2007 - Scholarly publications
van Sebille, Erik & van Leeuwen, P.J. (2007). Fast northward energy transfer in the Atlantic due to Agulhas Rings. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 37 (9), (pp. 2305-2315) (11 p.).
  0 - Other output
van Sebille, E. 2016 Recipient Outstanding Young Scientist Award - Ocean Sciences Division European Geosciences Union (EGU)

The full list of publications is available at erik.vansebille.com/science/

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Project:
Tracking Of Plastic In Our Seas (TOPIOS)
01.04.2017 to 31.03.2022
General project description 

The amount of plastic in our ocean is exponentially growing, with recent estimates of more than 5 million metric tonnes of plastic reaching the ocean each year. This plastic infiltrates the ocean food chain and thus poses a major threat to marine life. However, understanding of plastic movement and its budget in the ocean is inadequate to fully establish its environmental impact, prompting the EU and G7 to recently make marine litter a top science priority.


It is now recognised that the amount of plastic entering our ocean is several orders of magnitude larger than the estimates of floating plastic on the surface of the ocean. More than 99% of plastic within our ocean is therefore 'missing'. This project will make breakthroughs towards closing the plastic budget by creating a novel comprehensive modelling framework that tracks plastic movement through the ocean. Building on well-established previous work to follow generic water parcels through hydrodynamic ocean models, this project will modify these 'virtual' parcels to represent pieces of plastic by, for the first time, simulating fragmentation, sinking, beaching, wave-mixing and ingestion by biota.


The new parameterisations that underpin this modelling will be based on field data and new coastal flume wave tank lab experiments. The simulated plastic particles will be tracked within state-of-the-art hydrodynamic ocean models, in order to compute maps of pathways and transports around our oceans and on coastlines and in biota. This numerical modelling will be used to evaluate a broad suite of scenarios and test hypotheses, including where the risk to marine biota is greatest.


The results from this project will inform policymakers and the public on which countries, for example, are responsible for which part of the plastic problem, crucial for mitigation and legal frameworks. It will also inform engineers on where and how to best invest resources in mitigating the problem of plastic in our ocean.

Role Project Leader & Researcher & Contact Funding
EU grant: European Research Council Horizon 2020 Starting Grant (grant agreement No 715386)
Project members UU

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Lecturing

  • [2017 – now] Lecturer and convenor of Introduction to Physical Oceanography (MSc level, Utrecht University)
  • [2016 – 2017] Lecturer and convenor of Science of Climate Change (MSc level, Imperial College)
  • [2016 – 2017] Lecturer and co-convenor of Computational Physics (3rd year level, Imperial College)
  • [2012 – 2014] Lecturer and co-convenor of Physical Oceanography (3rd year level, UNSW).

Coordinating roles

  • [2017 – now] Coordinator of the BSc Honours programme within the Department of Physics (Utrecht University)
  • [2017 – now] Coordinator of the Bachelor Research Projects for the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric research (3rd year level, Utrecht University)

Student supervision

  • Supervisor on three PhD projects, one of which has been completed [Ronan McAdam @ Imperial College; Christopher Bull @ UNSW; Xuerong Qin @ UNSW].
  • Supervisor on three Postdoctoral projects [Joe Scutt Phillips @ UNSW; Michael Lange @ Imperial College; Paulina Cetina-Heredia @ UNSW].
  • Supervisor on eight MSc and BSc thesis projects [Charles Axelsson @ Imperial College; Tim Rhys Hedegland @ Imperial College; Pascal Dubois @ Imperial College; Joel Kronberg @ Lund University visiting Imperial College; Adam Mohmed @ Imperial College; Omar Jahangir @ Imperial College; Steffie Ypma @ Utrecht University, visiting UNSW; Nicholas Calhau @ UNSW].
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Additional functions and activities
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Room 611
3584 CC  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 5441
Postal address
Princetonplein 5
3584 CC    UTRECHT
The Netherlands
Gegenereerd op 2017-08-20 12:03:55
Last updated 18.08.2017