Emma Versteegh

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Stable Isotope Geochemist
Reading, UK
I am a stable isotope biogeochemist, studying carbonates secreted by terrestrial as well as marine and freshwater animals. My research interests lie within the reconstruction of past environments, and the study of ecological interactions by means of stable isotope and trace element analyses of biogenic carbonates. The focus of my current reasearch lies on earthworm secreted calcite granules. I try to construct a new terrestrial palaeo-environment thermomenter and to quantify carbon sequestration potential of earthworms.


  • 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.
  • Versteegh, E.A.A., Gillikin, D.P., Dehairs, F., 2011. Analysis of δ15N in mollusk shell organic matrix by EA-IRMS without acidification: an evaluation and effects of long-term preservation. Rapid communications in Mass Spectrometry 25(5): 675-680.
  • 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.
  • 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(8): 16 pp.
  • 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.
  • 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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