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Sabrina van de Velde

Sabrina van de Velde - Marine Biodiversity

Contact

Email: Sabrina.vandeVelde@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31-71-7519264
Room number: Vondellaan 55, Leiden
“"Quaternary shell research: A question of seeking and you shell find!"”

I am a Dutch PhD student working at the museum of Naturalis for the PRIDE project, supervised by Frank Wesselingh. Ever since I finished the Bachelors of archaeology and biology at the university of Leiden I have been looking for a way to combine both fields of interest. 

After finishing the master thesis in Finland on biodiversity I realized I wanted to combine biodiversity research with reconstructing past environments. It has been my dream to continue analyzing both nature and the past, which I can realise in the PRIDE project! Right now I am most interested in macropalaeontology, biogeography, and ecology, and developed a recent passion for shells.

My focus within the PRIDE project is to reconstruct the Quaternary Pontocaspian mollusk fauna to make stratigraphic subdivisions and reconstruct palaeoenvironments.

This means that I will look at the distribution of different shell families through space and time. The space is called Pontocaspian, and includes areas surrounding the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Marmaran Sea. The time frame will be the Quarternary. During the past three million years the Pontocaspian mollusc fauna underwent multiple radiations and extinctions events, related to the paleoenvironment changes and lake basin evolution. Therefore I will combine different datasets, including sedimentological, facies, ostrachods and geochemical analyses from other PRIDE projects (A1,B5, B2, A4), to identify drivers of community change and establish levels of faunal resilience. The project will include secondment at JLU Giessen (Germany) and Moscow State University for joint faunal identification and modeling exercises.

Career

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabrina-van-de-velde-b6bb8871

http://pontocaspian.eu/content/sabrina-van-de-velde

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sabrina_Van_De_Velde

Research

Research interest

I love to combine biodiversity research with reconstructing past environments. Right now I am most interested in macropalaeontology, biogeography, and ecology, and developed a recent passion for shells.

Keywords

ecology, biodiversity, palaeontology, geology

Current research topics

My focus within the PRIDE project is to reconstruct the Quaternary Pontocaspian mollusk fauna to make stratigraphic subdivisions and reconstruct palaeoenvironments.

Collaborations

For the PRIDE project I work in close collaboration with other scientists.

Within the PRIDE group this concerns:
MSc Gülçin Aygün - University of Bucharest, Romania - PRIDE ESR/PhD project B2
MSc Alberto M. Gandara - Grigori Antipa Museum, Bucharest, Romania - PRIDE ESR/PhD project C1 
MSc Diksha Bista - Bristol Univeristy, United Kingdom - PRIDE ESR/PhD project A4 
MSc Anouk d'Hont -  GiMaRIS, Leiden, the Netherlands - PRIDE ESR/PhD project C2
MSc Liesbeth Jorissen - Utrecht University, the Netherlands - PRIDE ESR/PhD project B5
MSc Matteo Lattuada - University of Giessen, Germany - PRIDE ESR/PhD project C4 
MSc Sergei Lazarev - Utrecht University, the Nertherlands - PRIDE ESR/PhD project A1 
MSc Arthur F. Sands - University of Giessen, Germany - PRIDE ESR/PhD project B3

In the Pontocaspian region this includes working with:
dr. Frank Wesselingh - Naturalis Leiden - Supervisor project B1
Prof. dr. Marius Stoica - University of Bucharest, Romania - Supervisor project B2
Prof. dr. Suzanne Leroy – Brunel University London, United Kingdom -  Supervisor project A5; C5
Prof. dr. Cihat Alçiçek - Pammukale University, Denizli, Turkey

I am establishing collaborations with:
Yesim Islamoglu - MTA, Ankara, Turkey
Vitaliy Anistratenko - RAS-ZIN, Kiev, Ukraine
Tamara Yanina - MSU, Moscow, Russia

Collections

I've collected shell assemblages from:
Razelm lake (Romania)
Denizli (Turkey)
Goyçay (Azerbaijan)

Supervision PhDs

Promotor

Prof. dr. L. Lourens

Co-promotor/supervisor

Dr. F.P. (FrankWesselingh

Teaching

Courses

Available student projects

Public outreach

Writing blogs for the PRIDE website: http://pontocaspian.eu

Course of Podcasting during NTE03 in Brunel (UK)

Publications

2017

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Fan J.B., Velde S. van de, Sun W.B., Yu H., Zhang Y.L., Wang D. 2017. Enhanced toxicity of Cry2Ab with cantharidin and its analogues on Mythimna separata. Journal of Applied Entomology 141: 363–371.
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