Mr Jorrit Mesman
Former PhD student
I am enrolled in the PhD project ”Assessing future effects on lake ecosystem resilience using data analysis and dynamic modelling”, part of MANTEL: a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action European Joint Doctorate Innovative Training Network. Prof. Bastiaan Ibelings, from the Department F.-A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences; Dr. Stéphane Goyette, from the Climate group; and Dr. Don Pierson, from the Uppsala University in Sweden, will supervise this project. In the Mantel project, 12 PhD students will be trained to become researchers in the field of aquatic sciences. They will be looking at different aspects of the effects of climatic extreme events on lakes and reservoirs.
I’m looking at tipping points in lakes, where a climatic extreme event can cause long-lasting changes in a lake ecosystem, from a physical and biological perspective. Understanding the response of lakes to extreme events and predicting sudden changes can be a great asset to lake managers to maintain the ecosystem services of lakes. My methods include analysis of high-frequency data and dynamic modelling.
Before coming to Geneva for my PhD, I did my BSc and MSc at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, studying Earth & Environment with a strong focus on aquatic ecology and water quality.