Meet our scientists

Dedicated to share our data with the world

The scientists

By The Ocean We Unite is an organization with strong believes in scientific research as a fundament for change. During our sailing expeditions we contribute to the knowledge of microplastic in the surface water and provide opportunities for research institutes to join us. Additionally, we invite young professionals to participate in our research, providing them with on board research skills. Translating scientific knowledge to the world is the best form of awareness to provide critical thinking which is needed to change the way we look at plastic. Do you want to be part of this team or do you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask maarten@bytheoceanweunite.org.

Dr. Nanne van Hoytema
Dr. Nanne van Hoytema

Nanne, PhD coral reef ecology, has been our research coordinator from day one. Recommend by Dos Winkel from Sea First Foundation, he’s our walking encyclopedia when it comes to plastic and the marine environment. Nanne is currently working for CEFAS in the UK, executing research projects all over the globe. We are happy to have him as our main research advisor.

Roos Swart
Roos Swart

Marine biologist Roos has been our dedicated and energetic scientist since 2017. For her master thesis she analyzed our first data from Expedition Up to Norway 2016. She ran most of our day and weekend expeditions for the general public and companies as research coordinator. Her latest masterpiece was participation in Expedition Denmark 2018, where she not only coordinated the research, but also gave a lecture at the UN and starred in the Danish news. Being an islander (Terschelling) Roos has always been surrounded by the sea and there’s no other place that gives her more energy.

Maarten Erich
Maarten Erich

Maarten, our viking looking sympathetic Marine Biologist in the making, is working on collecting, analyzing and interpretation our data. For BTOWU, he gave several presentation on plastic in the environment and the impact it has in our waters. He has experience in mircoplastic research working with the Dutch research program on microplastic – Technologies for Risk Assessment MicroPlatic (TRAMP). During this research he gained experience in extracting microplastic from different matrices such as wastewater and sediments and increased his knowledge on one of the large sources of microplastic, Wastewater Treatment Plants.

maarten@bytheoceanweunite.org
+31-6-25214920

Fabiènne Doveren
Fabiènne Doveren

Fabiènne, marine biologist in the making, is not only a very good scientist, analyzing all our data together with Maarten, she is also a gifted writer.

Our guest researchers

Katie Stevens (United States)
Katie Stevens (United States)

Katie joined us on Expedition Denmark 2018. She had studied Biology and Environmental Science at Lafayette College in the US and at the time was working on marine debris with the City of Philadelphia.

Lisett Kretzschmann (Germany)
Lisett Kretzschmann (Germany)

Lisett joined us on Expedition Denmark 2018. Lisett is a true nature lover and hooked to the ocean. Fascinated by the work as a chemical engineer on research ships she additionally joins expeditions like Denmark 2018 under her project Between Waves. Lisett is currently working for the Federal Maritime Agency in Germany, where she is responsible for monitoring of persistent organic pollutants.

Tessa van Dijk (Netherlands)
Tessa van Dijk (Netherlands)

Tessa joined us on Expedition The Channel 2017. Right after the expedition she finished her master in behavioral biology at Wageningen University, with great interest in applied science and sustainability. During the expedition she received an email that she was employed as researcher by a company breeding edible insects.

Jack Williams (England)
Jack Williams (England)

Jack joined us on Expedition The Channel 2017. He was studying Marine Biology at Southampton University at that time.

Anne Penning (Netherlands)
Anne Penning (Netherlands)

IN PROGRESS Anne joined us on Expedition Scotland 2017. She was studying Marine Biology at Wageningen University at that time.

Solveig (Sollie) Höfner (Germany)
Solveig (Sollie) Höfner (Germany)

Solveig (Solie) joined us on Expedition Scotland 2017. She did her B.SC. in Aquatic Ecotechnology at the HZ of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen and her MRM in Coastal and Marine Management at the University Center of the Westfjords. Both of the degrees nourished her consciousness for conserving and protecting our water ways and the live within, which came paired with a personal interest in marine plastic pollution.

Patricia (Patty) Villarrubia Gómez (Spain)
Patricia (Patty) Villarrubia Gómez (Spain)

Patty joined our very first major sailing expedition Up to Norway 2016 as scientific advisor. She joined us just after finished her Master’s thesis on plastic and the planetary boundaries framework, for which she had the opportunity to interview major players on the field from different sectors.