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Samyn Denis
PhD researcher

Education

  • PhPost-doc fellow, Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
    Funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), through the ASPI (Antarctic Subglacial Processes and Interactions) research program.
    Management of the multi-parametric analysis of basal ice and marine ice samples; instrumentational development.
  • PhD (Doctorat) in Geology, Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
    Thesis title: "Structural and geochemical analysis of basal ice from Taylor Glacier, Dry Valleys, Antarctica: On the role and behaviour of the interstitial fluid phase".
    Grant financed by the Belgian National Science Foundation (through F.R.I.A.) from Oct. 2001 to Sept. 2005.
    Supervisors: Prof. R. Souchez and R. Lorrain.
  • Master in Earth Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Belgium, 2002 - 2003.
    Thesis title: "Equifinality of basal ice facies at the base of an Antarctic cold glacier".
  • Supervisors: Prof. R. Souchez and R. Lorrain.
  • M.S. (Licence) in Geological Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium,
    1998 - 2001.
    Thesis title: "Deformation and composition of ice at the base of Taylor Glacier, Dry Valleys, Antarctica"; written in French.
    Supervisors: Prof. R. Souchez and R. Lorrain.
  • Complementary Certificate in Archeology and Art History, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 1999 - 2000.
  • B.S. (Candidatures) in Geology, Université Catholique de Louvain, 1996 - 1998.

Grants

  • Grant from F.N.R.S. (Belgian National Science Foundation) for attending to the « General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union », 24th-29th April 2005, Vienna (Austria).
  • Financial assistance from F.N.R.S. (Belgian National Science Foundation) for training in crystallographic techniques at the Glaciology Group (Niels-Bohr Institute) of the University of Copenhagen, December 2004.
  • Grant from F.N.R.S. (Belgian National Science Foundation) for attending to the « International Symposium on Ice and Water Interactions », 24th-30th July 2004, Portland (Oregon, USA).
  • Grant from N.I.P.R. (Japanese National Institute for Polar Research) for attending to the « 26th Symposium on Polar Meteorology and Glaciology », 17th-24th November 2004, Tokyo (Japan).
  • Grant from F.N.R.S. (Belgian National Science Foundation) for attending to the « 7th International Symposium on Antarctic Glaciology - ISAG-7 », 25th-29th August 2003, Milan (Italy).
  • Grant from the Communauté Française de Belgique for attending to the « 7th International Symposium on Antarctic Glaciology - ISAG-7 », 25th-29th August 2003, Milan (Italy).
  • Financial assistance from FNRS (Belgian National Science Foundation) for participating to NorthGRIP (North Greenland Ice Core Project), Season 2003.
  • PhD grant from F.R.I.A. (Belgian National Science Foundation) from Oct. 2003 to Sept. 2005.
    - PhD grant from F.R.I.A. (Belgian National Science Foundation) from Oct. 2001 to Sept. 2001.

Others

European Red Cross First Aid Certificate (“Brevet Européen de Premiers Secours”), Belgian Red Cross, Brussels, October 2002.
Sport instructor at A.D.E.P.S., Belgian Sport Policies, Péronnes, 1993-1995.

Activities

Related activities

Field experience

  • Tsanfleuron Glacier, Switzerland, Sept. 2004. Maintenance of snow/ice temperature logging stations and data downloading (with Prof. B. Hubbard, Aberystwyth Univ., UK).
  • NGRIP (North GReenland Ice Core Project), Season 2003. Representative in the field of the Belgium glaciology group.
    General field assistant on site, shallow drill assistant, sample processing assistant (ECM and stable isotope processing, thin sections).
  • Victoria Upper Glacier, Victoria Valley (Dry Valleys of McMurdo, Antarctica), Austral summer 2003, Antarctica N-Z (event K-064).
    General field assistant: excavation of a 30-meter long subglacial tunnel, sampling of basal ice, drilling of lake shallow ice cores, measurements of glacier ice thickness (ice-penetrating radar).
  • Connemara, Ireland, July 2000. Fieldwork in regional geology and cartography, as part of the M.S. in Geology, Université Catholique de Louvain.
  • Tournai, Belgium, July 1999. Fieldwork in Carolingian and Merovingian archaeology, Cathedral of Tournai (Belgium), as part of the Complementary Certificate in Archeology and Art History, Université Catholique de Louvain.
  • Scotland, GB, July 1998. Fieldwork in regional geology and cartography, as part of the B.S. in Geology, Université Catholique de Louvain.

List of publications

Samyn, D., Fitzsimons, S. and Lorrain, R. 2005. Strain-induced phase changes within cold basal ice from Taylor Glacier (Antarctica) indicated by textural and gas analyses. Journal of Glaciology, vol. 51, No. 175, in press.

Samyn, D., Svensson A., Fitzsimons, S. and Lorrain, R. 2004. Crystallographic evidences for enhanced deformation at the base of cold Antarctic glaciers: examples from amber ice. Annals of Glaciology, vol. 40, 185-190.

NGRIP Members [whom Samyn, D.]. 2004. High-resolution record of Northern Hemisphere climate extending into the last interglacial period. Nature, 432, 147-151.

Souchez, R., Samyn, D., Lorrain, R., Pattyn, F. and Fitzsimons, S. 2004. An isotopic model for basal freeze-on associated with subglacial upward flow of pore water. Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 31, L02401.

Sleewaegen, S., Samyn, D., Fitzsimons, S. and Lorrain, R. 2003. Equifinality of basal ice facies from an Antarctic cold-based glacier. Annals of Glaciology, vol. 37, 257-262.

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Contact

Samyn Denis
DSTE, Service de Géomorphologie - Glaciologie
Campus du Solbosch
ULB CP160/03
avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50 - 1050 Bruxelles
Denis.Samyn@ulb.ac.be
Phone: +32 2 650 22 15 - Fax: +32 2 650 22 26

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