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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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4800 Oak Grove Dr.
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Emma Versteegh

  • VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Ph.D. (2009)
  • Utrecht University, the Netherlands, postgraduate teaching degree (2005)
  • Utrecht University, the Netherlands, M.Sc. (2003)

Research Interests
  • Stable isotope biogeochemistry
  • Deep-sea hydrothermal vents
  • Marine ecology
  • Astrobiology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Climate change
  • Biominerals

Professional Experience
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2013-present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Reading, UK (2010-2013)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Free University Brussels, Belgium (2009-2010)
  • Junior researcher, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2005-2009)
  • Teacher, Pax Christi College, Druten, the Netherlands (2003-2005)

Selected Awards
  • University of Reading Celebrating Success Award
  • NERC Ion Microprobe Facility access
  • University of Reading Research Travel Grant
  • Netherlands Earth Science Conference poster prize
  • VU University Dittmer fund travel grant

Selected Publications
  1. Versteegh, E.A.A., Black, S., Canti, M.G., Hodson, M.E., 2013. Earthworm-produced calcite granules: a new terrestrial palaeothermometer? Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
  2. Versteegh, E.A.A., Blicher, M.E., Mortensen, J., Rysgaard, S., Als, T.D., Wanamaker Jr, A.D., 2012. Oxygen isotope ratios in the shell of Mytilus edulis: Archives of glacier meltwater in Greenland? Biogeosciences 9(12): 5231-5241.
  3. Versteegh, E.A.A., Gillikin, D.P., Dehairs F., 2011. Analysis of δ15N of the organic matrix of mollusk shells by EA-IRMS without acidification: an evaluation and effects of preservation. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 25(5): 675-680.
  4. Versteegh, E.A.A., Vonhof, H.B., Troelstra, S.R., Kroon, D., 2011. Can shells of freshwater mussels (Unionidae) be used to estimate low summer discharge of rivers and associated droughts? International Journal of Earth Sciences 100(6): 1423-1432.
  5. Beelaerts, V., Bauwens, M., Versteegh, E.A.A., Dehairs, F., Pintelon, R., 2011. Periodic time series modeling of environmental proxy records with guaranteed positive growth rate estimation. Mathematical Geosciences 43(6): 635-662.
  6. Versteegh, E.A.A., Vonhof, H.B., Troelstra, S.R., Kaandorp, R.J.G., Kroon, D., 2010. Seasonally resolved growth of freshwater bivalves determined by oxygen and carbon isotope shell chemistry. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 11(Q08022): 16 pp.
  7. Versteegh, E.A.A., Vonhof, H.B., Troelstra, S.R., Kroon, D., 2010. A molluscan perspective on hydrological cycle dynamics in northwestern Europe, Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 89(1): 49-58.
  8. Versteegh, E.A.A., Troelstra, S.R., Vonhof, H.B., Kroon, D., 2009. Oxygen isotope composition of bivalve seasonal growth increments and ambient water in the rivers Rhine and Meuse. Palaios 24(8): 497-504.

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