Meet our scientists

Dedicated to share our data with the world

The scientists

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, has been working very hard on our collecting, analyzing and summarizing all our data so far. Together with Fabienne he is now running the science department, with Nanne and Roos as advisors.

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
Katie Stevens

Katie joined us on Expedition Denmark 2018. She was studying …. at .. University at that time.

Lisett Kretschmann
Lisett Kretschmann

Lisett joined us on Expedition Denmark 2018. She was studying … at .. University at that time.

Tessa van Dijk
Tessa van Dijk

Tessa joined us on Expedition The Channel 2017. She was studying Biology at Wageningen University at that time.

Jack DIcks
Jack DIcks

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

Anne Penning
Anne Penning

Anne joined us on Expedition Scotland 2017 as a research assistant. She was studying Marine Biology at Wageningen University at that time.

Solveig (Sollie) Höfner
Solveig (Sollie) Höfner

Sollie joined us on Expedition Scotland 2017 as a research assistant.

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

Patty joined our very first major sailing expedition Up to Norway 2016 as a research assistant. At the time she was writing her master thesis on plastics and interviewing major players in the field, like Jenna Jambeck.