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Sterken, Mieke
PhD student

Mieke is involved in the HOLANT project, which mainly focuses on Holocene climate changes in coastal Antarctic regions, in relation to regional ice-sheet/glacier dynamics, and to the diversity of primary producers in Antarctic coastal lakes. Mieke is focusing on the reconstruction of past climate changes in Antarctic Peninsula and Maritime Antarctic coastal lakes, using biological proxies in lake-sediment cores.

Activities

  • Research programme:
    • SD : Antarctica VI
  • Research group: Universiteit Gent (UG) – Protistology and Aquatic Ecology
  • Research projects:
    - Holocene climate variability and ecosystem change in coastal East and Maritime Antarctica (HOLANT)
  • Related activities: Chair of the IPY Belgian Youth Steering Committee (BYSC)

List of publications

Peer reviewed papers (A1)

Sterken M., K. Sabbe, A. Chepstow-Lusty, M. Frogley, A. Cundy, K. Vanhoutte, E. Verleyen and W. Vyverman (2006) Climate and land use changes in the Cuzco region (Cordillera Oriental, South East Peru) during the last 1200 years: a diatom based reconstruction. Archiv für Hydrobiololgie, 165 (3): 289-312.

Sterken M., E. Verleyen, K. Sabbe, G. Terryn, F. Charlet, S. Bertrand, X. Boës, N. Fagel, M. De Batist and W. Vyverman (In Press) Diatom stratigraphy in Lago Puyehue and its congruence with other proxies. Journal of Paleolimnology.

Vanhoutte K., E. Verleyen, K. Sabbe, C. Kilroy, M. Sterken and W. Vyverman (2006) Congruence and disparity in benthic diatom communities of small lakes in New Zealand and Tasmania. Marine & Freshwater Research, 57 (8): 1-13.

Vyverman W., E. Verleyen, K. Sabbe, K. Vanhoutte, M. Sterken, D.A. Hodgson, D.G. Mann, S. Juggins, B. Van de Vijver, V. Jones, R. Flower, D. Roberts, V.A. Chepurnov, C. Kilroy, P. Vanormelingen and A. De Wever (Accepted) Historical processes constrain patterns in global diatom diversity. Ecology.

Other publications (A4)

Van Wichelen J., S. De Coster, F. De Ruysscher, K. De Keyser, I. van Gremberghe, M. Sterken, P. Vanormelingen, K. van der Gucht en W. Vyverman (2006). Waterbloei, een bedreiging voor natuurwaarden in Vlaanderen? Natuur.focus, 5(3): 91-97.

Posters

Chepstow-Lusty A. & the ECCUZ members (2002) A tale of two lakes: droughts, El Niños and major cultural change during the last 5000 years in the Cuzco region of Peru. Atlas conference ‘Environmental catastrophes and recoveries in the Holocene’. 29 August - 2 September 2002, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.

De Batist M. & the ENSO-Chile project team (2005) An 18,000-year multiproxy lacustrine record of climate variability in south-central Chile (40°S): Lago Puyehue, Chilean Lake District. PAGES second open science meeting, 10-12 August 2005, Beijing, China.

Sterken M., K. Sabbe, A. Chepstow-Lusty, E. Verleyen and W. Vyverman (2004) Climate and land use changes in the Cuzco region (SE Peru) during the last millennium: a diatom-based analysis of past limnological change in L. Marcacocha. Abstract in: Heyvaert V.M.A. and Petersen B.K. (Eds.) 2004. Abstract Book, The Quaternary Research Association Third International Postgraduate Symposium, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural sciences, Belgian Geological Survey, Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 14-17, 126.p.

Sterken M., K. Sabbe, A. Chepstow-Lusty, E. Verleyen and W. Vyverman (2004) Climate and land use changes in the Cuzco region (SE Peru) during the last millennium: a diatom-based analysis of past limnological change in L. Marcacocha. HOLIVAR workshop "Holocene climate variability and climate forcing", Seeheim Kastanienbaum, Lucerne, Switzerland (Org.: Dr. J. Beer, EAWAG), 23-25 Sept. 2004.

Sterken M., E. Verleyen, K. Sabbe, N. Fagel, M. De Batist and W. Vyverman (2005) Late Glacial and Holocene climatic changes in Southern Chile, as recorded in a diatom sequence of Lake Puyehue. Abstract published in: Doctoraatssymposium Faculteit Wetenschappen, ICC Gent, 03-05-2005, 192 p. (p. 116).

Sterken M., E. Verleyen, K. Sabbe, N. Fagel, M. De Batist and W. Vyverman (2005) Late Quaternary climatic changes in Southern Chile, as recorded in a diatom sequence of Lago Puyehue (40° 40’S). Workshop ‘Marine and continental paleoclimate records from Chile and Argentina’. 27-28 May 2005, Ghent, Belgium.

Oral presentations

Chepstow-Lusty A.J.C., Frogley M.R., Bauer B.S., Boreham S., Bennett K., Bush M.B., Aucca Chutas T., Goldsworthy S., Tupayachi Herrera A., Leng M., Rousseau D., Sabbe K., Slean G., Sterken M. 2002. A tale of two lakes: droughts, El Niños and major cultural change during the last 5000 years in the Cuzco region of Peru. ATLAS conference “Environmental catastrophes and recoveries in the Holocene”, Uxbridge, UK.

Sabbe K., Sterken M., Verleyen E. 2002. Holocene climate variability in Southern Chile: possibilities for future cooperation, Hydrology workshop, Bilateral cooperation project Flanders-Chile, VUB Brussels, Belgium.

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Sterken Mieke
Biologie (WE11)
UGent
K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35 - 9000 Gent
Mieke.Sterken@UGent.be
Phone: +32 9 264 85 04 - Fax: +32 9 264 53 34

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