Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Emil de Borger

Guest researcher
Phone number
+31 (0)113 577 495
Guest researcher


  • Diagenetic modelling
  • Sediment sampling procedures
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Benthic functioning
  • Image processing

Currently working on the FaCE-It project (Functional biodiversity in a changing sedimentary environment: implications for biogeochemistry and food webs in a managerial setting). In this project we investigate how changes in marine sediment lead to changes in biogeochemistry and benthic functioning, in the Belgian Part of the North Sea.

My work in FaCE-It is to develop mechanistic model descriptions (in the R programming language) of sediment biogeochemistry and food webs for various soft and hard substrates. For these models the field and experimental data is used to parametrize process rates, initial conditions, and model boundaries. These models will be upscaled to the SBNS area, and coupled to the hydrodynamic model in development.

Here you can find more information about FaCE-IT

Linked blogs

Thursday 26 October 2017
Similar as on land, sunlight is an essential ingredient of life in the seas: it heats up the water and is needed for the tiny algal cells in the water to grow. Sediment particles floating in the water block the light and therefore interfere with…