Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
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Ocean Systems (OCS)

Dr. Laura Korte



  • Oceanography
  • Sedimentology
  • Geochemistry

Research Interests

    I am interested in the biogeochemistry of the ocean, especially in nutrient input for phytoplankton and  material transport towards the deep sea. In order to identify the processes involved, I work with sediment trap material and bring it together with current-meter and CTD data. I also use satellite observations, i.e. chlorophyll-a, sea surface temperature and salinity, precipitation, and dust to set in-situ findings from the ocean into a broader context.


    Current project - EU-ATLAS project

    Within the ATLAS project we are working on improving our understanding of complex deep-sea ecosystems in the Atlantic Ocean. The aim is to monitor, model, and predict shifts in deep-water ecosystems in the face of climate change.



    at present: postdoc in ATLAS project working on material transport to cold-water coral mounds off Ireland (Rockall Bank)

    2013 - 2018: PhD student (NIOZ) in DUSTTRAFFIC project.

    Thesis: "Saharan dust deposition in the equatorial North Atlantic Ocean and its impact on particle export fluxes"

    2010 - 2013: MSc at the University of Bremen with specialisation in Isotope Geochemistry

    • 2012 - 2013 Student Research Assistant at the Isotope Geochemistry Research Group
    • September/October 2011 Geoscientific Project at the University of Florida
    • 2010 - 2012 Student Research Assistant at the Hydrology/Geochemistry Research Group

    2006 - 2009: BSc at the University of Münster with specialisation in Sedimentology and Hydrogeology


    Research cruises

    • Februar - March 2019, RV Pelagia (64PE450), cold-water corals in a low oxygen zone off Namibia
    • March - April 2016, RSS James Cook (JC134), Dusttraffic IV Transatlantic Fluxes of Saharan dust
    • January - February 2015, RV Pelagia (64PE395), Dusttraffic III Transatlantic Fluxes of Saharan dust
    • November - December 2013, RV Pelagia (64PE378), Traffic II Transatlantic Fluxes of Saharan dust


    Honors & Awards

    • ISAR Travel grant (ICAR VIII, International Conference on Aeolian Research in Lanzhou, China)
    • DUST2014 Poster Prize
    • DICE Travel grant (workshop on "The Role of dust in Climate Change: A Biogeochemistry perspective" in Las Cruses, Chile)



    Korte, L. F., Pausch, F., Trimborn, S., Brussaard, C. P. D., Brummer, G. J. A., van der Does, M., Guerreiro, C. V.
    Schreuder, L. T., Munday, C. I., Stuut, J. B. W.: Effects of dry and wet Saharan dust deposition in the tropical North Atlantic Ocean. Biogeosciences Discuss. 2018: 1-20.

    Schreuder, L. T., Stuut, J. B. W., Korte, L. F., Damsté, J. S. S., Schouten, S.: Aeolian transport and deposition of plant wax n-alkanes across the tropical North Atlantic Ocean. Organic Geochemistry 115, 113-123, 2018.

    Korte, L. F., Brummer, G. J. A., van der Does, M., Guerreiro, C. V., Hennekam, R., van Hateren, J. A., Jong, D., Munday, C. I., Schouten, S., and Stuut, J. B. W.: Downward particle fluxes of biogenic matter and Saharan dust across the equatorial North Atlantic, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6023-6040, 10.5194/acp-17-6023-2017, 2017.

    Guerreiro, C. V.,  Baumann, K. H., Brummer, G. J. A., Fischer, G., Korte, L. F., Merkel, U., Sá, C. de Stigter, H. Stuut, J. B. W.: Coccolithophore fluxes in the open tropical North Atlantic: influence of thermocline depth, Amazon water, and Saharan dust, Biogeosciences 14(20): 4577-4599, 2017.

    Van der Does, M., Korte, L. F., Munday, C. I., Brummer, G. J. A., and Stuut, J. B. W.: Particle size traces modern Saharan dust transport and deposition across the equatorial North Atlantic, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13697-13710, 10.5194/acp-16-13697-2016, 2016.


    Linked blogs

    Tuesday 23 April 2019
    DUST | Spring dust is in the air!
    Not only spring is in the air; a lot of Saharan dust is presently also blowing towards northern Europe. The distance between the sources in northern Africa and The Netherlands is so large that the material is predominantly very fine grained: clay…
    Tuesday 26 February 2019
    NIOZ@SEA | 64PE450
    Along the southwestern African continental margin off Namibia and Angola coral mound provinces were found during the Meteor (ANNA) cruise in 2016. While the corals in the south along the Namibian margin were mostly fossil frame structures, the corals…
    Friday 07 December 2018
    DUST | PhD Defence Michèlle van der Does
    As of today, Michèlle van der Does may call herself a PhD; she successfully defended her thesis "Saharan dust from a marine perspective: transport and deposition along a transect in the Atlantic Ocean" at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. A committee…
    Tuesday 16 October 2018
    PhD defence Laura Korte
    From this day on, Laura Korte may call herself a PhD; she successfully defended her thesis “Saharan dust deposition in the equatorial North Atlantic Ocean and its impact on particle export fluxes” at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. A committee of…
    Thursday 01 March 2018
    Dust storm on Texel
    The extreme weather conditions (prolonged lack of rain and continuous gale-force winds) cause the top soils of pastures to be blown off. Even on Texel we have dust storms!
    Sunday 26 November 2017
    Biomarkers in Saharan dust
    A new paper by Laura Schreuder and colleagues presents new data on terrestrial higher-plant biomarkers found in aerosols and marine sediments sampled along the DUSTTRAFFIC transatlantic array of sediment traps as well as in seafloor sediments.
    Friday 20 October 2017
    Saharan dust and Amazon freshwaters cause algal blooms
    New findings suggest that both Saharan dust and freshwater from the Amazon may have led to algal blooms in the western equatorial Atlantic Ocean. Those are the conclusions of a new paper published by Catarina Guerreiro and colleagues in the…
    Tuesday 17 October 2017
    Dust (and smoke) is in the air!
    Cyclone Ophelia draws Sahara dust and Iberian smoke to northern Europe
    Sunday 10 September 2017
    New dust paper published by Carmen Friese
    The manuscript by Carmen Friese (MARUM) has now been published as "full" paper in the open-access journal Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics. The paper is entitled: "Seasonal provenance changes in present-day Saharan dust collected in and off…
    Friday 18 August 2017
    Expedition STRATIPHYT-17
    An ad-hoc cruise where an interdisciplinary team will build on earlier obtained knowledge during the STRATIPHYT project, but where we will also investigate new ideas, and collect samples for others that cannot join the cruise. The team consists of 3…

    NIOZ publications