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Veni grant for Francien Peterse and Katharina Ettwig

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Francien Peterse and Katharina Ettwig a Veni grant. This grant gives these talented young researchers, who are affiliated to the Darwin Center, the opportunity to develop their ideas during three years. They will receive a maximum amount of 250,000 euros.

Dr. ir. Francien Peterse, Utrecht University - Geochemistry

The role of soils in the carbon cycle
Soil material is able to store CO2 for the long term, when it is deposited on the seafloor after river transport. However, only a limited amount of the CO2 in soils will eventually end up in the sea. Francien will study what happens with soil material during river transportation.


Dr. K.F. Katharina Ettwig, Radboud University Nijmegen – Microbiology
Novel iron eaters

The potent greenhouse gas methane seems to be degraded in environments where microorganisms have no air to breathe. This research project will investigate how novel iron and nitrate eating microorganisms help to mitigate methane emissions and global warming.