Dr. Sophie Verheyden

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Key Publications
J. Jaubert, Verheyden, S. , Genty, D. , Soulier, M. , Cheng, H. , Blamart, D. , Burlet, C. , Camus, H. , Delaby, S. , Deldicque, D. , R Edwards, L. , Ferrier, C. , Lacrampe-Cuyaubère, F. , Lévêque, F. , Maksud, F. , Mora, P. , Muth, X. , Régnier, É. , Rouzaud, J. - N. , and Santos, F. , Early Neanderthal constructions deep in Bruniquel Cave in southwestern France, Nature, vol. 534, pp. 111-114, 2016.
J. Jaubert, Verheyden, S. , Genty, D. , Soulier, M. , Cheng, H. , Blamart, D. , Burlet, C. , Camus, H. , Delaby, S. , Deldicque, D. , R Edwards, L. , Ferrier, C. , Lacrampe-Cuyaubère, F. , Lévêque, F. , Maksud, F. , Mora, P. , Muth, X. , Régnier, É. , Rouzaud, J. - N. , and Santos, F. , Early Neanderthal constructions deep in Bruniquel Cave in southwestern France, Nature, vol. 534, pp. 111-114, 2016.
C. Burlet, Vanbrabant, Y. , Piessens, K. , Welkenhuysen, K. , and Verheyden, S. , Electronique et géosciences: développement de capteurs environnementaux adaptés à la haute atmosphère et aux milieux souterrains., in Séminaire : New paleoclimate results for the Northern Levant inferred from Lebanese speleothems - 7 mai 2015, 2015.
C. Nehme, Verheyden, S. , Noble, S. , Delannoy, J. - J. , Salem, G. , Adjizian-Gérard, J. , and Farrant, A. , Palaeoclimate reconstruction in the Levant region from the petrographic and growth rate of a MIS 5 stalagmite from the Kanaan cave, Lebanon, vol. 17. European Geoscience Union, EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria, 2015.
C. Burlet, Vanbrabant, Y. , Piessens, K. , Welkenhuysen, K. , and Verheyden, S. , Niphargus : a silicon band-gap sensor temperature logger for high-precision environmental monitoring, Computers & Geosciences, vol. 74, pp. 50–59, 2015.
Key Projects

Eemian climate and environmental reconstruction of the Belgian coastal area: comparison of Eemian coastal deposits and speleothems through a multi-proxy approach. 2012- present. http://www.naturalsciences.be/institute/structure/geology/gsb_website/research/environment/bispeem

Paleoclimate reconstruction inferred from speleothems. Proxies: 18O, 13C, 17O, Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca, P/Ca, 87Sr/86Sr. Locations: NW-Europe, Mediterranean region (Italy, S-France), Middle-east: Socotra, Lebanon, Asia: Vietnam. Expertise in the stable isotopic O and C systems in the terrestrial environment. Expertise in Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry. Since 1995.

Paleoclimate and environmental reconstruction in the context of archaeological cave sites (Sclayn, Belgium) in collaboration with U-Amsterdam – ongoing.

Fluid inclusions in carbonates: methodology study and paleoclimatic reconstruction: 18O and D. Marie Curie fellowship Project ‘Spinter’ at LSCE, CEA, Paris France. Expertise in the stable isotopic H system in the terrestrial environment. Expertise in low temperature fluid inclusions in carbonates and in fluid extraction technologies. 2004-2005.

Chemical and isotopic environmental dynamics in karstic areas. Transfer functions between climatic and geochemical and isotope geochemical parameters in the cave environment through monitoring and in-situ sampling. Since 1995.

Chemistry of carbonate biomineralizations and reconstruction of past seawater composition, temperature and circulation. Calmars Project. Case study: the Bahama’s. In particular: Lead content of sclerosponges 2003-2004. http://www.vub.ac.be/calmar/partners/verheyden.htm

Pb, Zn, Cd isotopic systems in river, estuarine and terrestrial environments. Case study: the Scheldt area. Methodology study on the Cd isotopic system and tracing of heavy metal pollution. Expertise in chemistry and stable isotopic chemistry of heavy metals in the aquatic and terrestrial environment. Use of Multi-collector ICP-MS. ULB, Belgium 2005-2008.

Radon gas in caves. Analysis and interpretation of measurements in the context of human health. Expertise in radon environmental problems. 2001.

Biomineralizations: crystallography and isotopic composition of “bacterial carbonates” (Thiothrix chains) - influence of environmental parameters. 2003-2004.

Belgian, European and international science policy concerning climate and adaptation to climate change. 2008-2011.

Professional experiences

01/01/2012 > ongoing: Researcher

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

01/02/2008 > 31/12/2011: Programme Manager

Belgian Science Policy Office, Belgium

Climate and adaptation to climate
www.belspo.be

01/04/2010 > ongoing: Scientific collaborator

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

01/01/2007 > 31/12/2007: Postdoctoral researcher at the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)

Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l’Environnement à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Belgium

01/10/2004 > 31/12/2006: Postdoctoral researcher

Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l’Environnement à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles
Academic training

> : PhD . in science equivalent - 2002

Université Libre de Bruxelles

> : Ph.D. in science - 2001

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Greatest distinction.
“Speleothems as palaeoclimatic archives. A study of the stable isotopic and geochemical behaviour of the cave environment and its Late Quaternary records."
Short thesis: "Health risks due to the presence of radon in caves."
Advisors: E. Keppens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Y. Quinif (Faculté Polytechnique de Mons). http://we.vub.ac.be/~dglg/Web/Verheyden/Sophie-thesis.html

> : Doctoral school - 2001

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

> : Teacher’s certificate for higher education in geography and geology - 1996

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

> : Graduate in Geology - 1994

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Greatest distinction.
Dissertation: “Paleoklimaats en paleo-omgevingsreconstructie a.h.v. stabiele isotopisch en sedimentpetrologisch onderzoek.” (Palaeoclimate and palaeo-environment reconstruction from stable isotopic and sedimentary petrologic research) Advisors: E. Keppens and Y. Quinif.

2016

J. Jaubert, Verheyden, S. , Genty, D. , Soulier, M. , Cheng, H. , Blamart, D. , Burlet, C. , Camus, H. , Delaby, S. , Deldicque, D. , R Edwards, L. , Ferrier, C. , Lacrampe-Cuyaubère, F. , Lévêque, F. , Maksud, F. , Mora, P. , Muth, X. , Régnier, É. , Rouzaud, J. - N. , and Santos, F. , Early Neanderthal constructions deep in Bruniquel Cave in southwestern France, Nature, vol. 534, pp. 111-114, 2016.
J. Jaubert, Verheyden, S. , Genty, D. , Soulier, M. , Cheng, H. , Blamart, D. , Burlet, C. , Camus, H. , Delaby, S. , Deldicque, D. , R Edwards, L. , Ferrier, C. , Lacrampe-Cuyaubère, F. , Lévêque, F. , Maksud, F. , Mora, P. , Muth, X. , Régnier, É. , Rouzaud, J. - N. , and Santos, F. , Early Neanderthal constructions deep in Bruniquel Cave in southwestern France, Nature, vol. 534, pp. 111-114, 2016.

2015

C. Burlet, Vanbrabant, Y. , Piessens, K. , Welkenhuysen, K. , and Verheyden, S. , Electronique et géosciences: développement de capteurs environnementaux adaptés à la haute atmosphère et aux milieux souterrains., in Séminaire : New paleoclimate results for the Northern Levant inferred from Lebanese speleothems - 7 mai 2015, 2015.
C. Nehme, Verheyden, S. , Noble, S. , Delannoy, J. - J. , Salem, G. , Adjizian-Gérard, J. , and Farrant, A. , Palaeoclimate reconstruction in the Levant region from the petrographic and growth rate of a MIS 5 stalagmite from the Kanaan cave, Lebanon, vol. 17. European Geoscience Union, EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria, 2015.
C. Burlet, Vanbrabant, Y. , Piessens, K. , Welkenhuysen, K. , and Verheyden, S. , Niphargus : a silicon band-gap sensor temperature logger for high-precision environmental monitoring, Computers & Geosciences, vol. 74, pp. 50–59, 2015.

2014

C. Burlet, Vanbrabant, Y. , Piessens, K. , Welkenhuysen, K. , and Verheyden, S. , Le Niphargus, développement d'un enregistreur autonome de température basé sur un capteur monolithique à diode de silicium. Cas d'étude dans les grottes de Han-sur-Lesse et Remouchamps., in Journées 2014 de Spéléologie Scientifique, 2014, p. 8.
C. Burlet, Vanbrabant, Y. , Piessens, K. , Welkenhuysen, K. , and Verheyden, S. , Niphargus: a silicon band-gap sensor temperature logger for high-precision environmental monitoring, in EGU General Assembly, 2014, vol. 2014, p. id.16356.
S. Verheyden, Keppens, E. , Quinif, Y. , Cheng, H. , and Edwards, L. , Late-glacial and Holocene climate reconstruction as inferred from a stalagmite from a stalagmite - Grotte du Père Noël, Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium., Geologica Belgica, vol. 17, pp. 83-89, 2014.

2013

M. Van Rampelbergh, Fleitmann, D. , Verheyden, S. , Cheng, H. , De Vleeschouwer, D. , Burns, S. J. , Matter, A. , Claeys, P. , and Keppens, E. , Mid- to Late Holocene Indian Ocean Monsoon variability recorded in four speleothems from Socotra Island, Yemen., in Geophysical Research Abstracts, 2013, vol. 15.
M. Allan, Verheyden, S. , Riotte, J. , Ghaleb, B. , Quinif, Y. , and Fagel, N. , High-resolution of trace elements (Mg, U, Sr, Ba and Zn) in speleothems as Holocene palaeoclimatic proxies: Père Noël cave, Belgium., in Geophysical Research Abstracts, 2013, vol. 15.
S. Verheyden and Allan, M. , Le plomb atmosphérique enregistré dans les stalagmites, in Abstractbook of the Journées de Spéléologie Scientifique 2013, Han-Sur-Lesse, Belgium., 2013.
S. Verheyden, Genty, D. , and Wainer, K. , The penultimate deglaciation and the Last Interglacial as registered in speleothems., in Geophysical Research Abstracts, 2013, vol. 15.
F. H. Nader, Cheng, H. , Swennen, R. , and Verheyden, S. , Holocene paleoclimate reconstruction based on stalagmite studies from Lebanon., in Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Speleology- Brno-21st-28st July 2013. Session 3CP1:Cave Climate and Paleoclimate, Record of the Global Change., 2013, vol. 2, pp. 438-441.
C. Innocent, M, R. , Verheyden, S. , and E, P. - G. , In-situ U-Th dating of speleothems by LA-MC-ICP-MS - preliminary results., in Abstract book of the 10thApplied Isotope Geochemistry Conference, AIG-10- September 22-27th - 2013- Budapest. Central European Geology, 2013, vol. 56, p. 79.
K. Mcquiggan, Gillikin, D. P. , and Verheyden, S. , A 5,000-year record of trace elements and stable isotopes in a Belgian speleothem., in Geological Society of America Annual Meeting - 27-30 October, Denver, Colorado USA. Abstracts with Programs., 2013, vol. 45, pp. 341-12.
M. Van Rampelbergh, Verheyden, S. , Cheng, H. , Edwards, L. , Keppens, E. , and Claeys, P. , Sub-seasonally resolved d18O, d13C, Mg, Sr, Ba, U and Zn records from a Belgian speleothem covering the last 700 years., in AGU - Fall Meeting abstracts, 2013, vol. PP31A-1856.
M. Allan, Le Roux, G. , Verheyden, S. , Matielli, N. , Beghin, J. , Piotrowska, N. , and Fagel, N. , Holocene dust record in a NW European peat bog: A multiproxy approach., in Goldschmidt 2013 Conference Abstracts: 577. DOI:10.1180/Mineralogical Magazine, 2013, vol. 2013.077.5.1.
D. Genty, Verheyden, S. , and Wainer, K. , Speleothem records over the penultimate deglaciation and the Last Interglacial., Pages news, vol. 21, pp. 24-25, 2013.
M. Allan, Le Roux, G. , Piotrowska, N. , Beghin, J. , Javaux, E. , Court-Picon, M. , Matielli, N. , Verheyden, S. , and Fagel, N. , Mid and late Holocene dust deposition in Western Europe: The Misten peat bog (Hautes Fagnes - Belgium)., Climate of the Past, pp. 2285-2298, 2013.
S. Verheyden and Genty, D. , Lifting the veil on speleothem sampling, Pages news, vol. 21, p. 5, 2013.
S. Verheyden and Delaby, S. , Small Country, Great Karstłdots}, The Belgian Karst. (in Turkish), Obruk mağara araştirma grubu, Turkish Caving Magazine., vol. 6, pp. 30-33, 2013.
M. Van Rampelbergh, Fleitmann, D. , Verheyden, S. , Cheng, H. , L, E. , P, D. Geest, De Vleeschouwer, D. , Claeys, P. , Burns, S. J. , Matter, A. , and Keppens, E. , Mid- to late Holocene Indian Ocean Monsoon variability recorded in four speleothems from Socotra Island, Yemen., Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 65, pp. 129-142, 2013.
S. Verheyden, Proserpine, een open boek over ons verleden, Spelerpes, caving magazine of the Flemish caving federation (VVS), vol. 36, pp. 52-54, 2013.

2012

S. Verheyden, Keppens, E. , M, V. Strydonck, and Quinif, Y. , The 8.2 ka event: is it registered in Belgian speleothems?, Speleogenesis, vol. 12, 2012.
S. Verheyden, "Speleothèmes" à l'Institut des Sciences Naturelles, Ecokarst, vol. 89, p. 12, 2012.

2001

S. Verheyden and Bernard, C. , Actes des Journées de Spéléologie Scientifique, Han-sur-Lesse 1997 à 2000, vol. 295. Rue Jenner 13, 1000 Bruxelles: Ministère des Affaires économiques, Administration de la Qualité et de la Sécurité, Service géologique de Belgique, 2001, p. 144.
01/01/2012 to 31/12/2015

BiSpEem

This project aims the reconstruction of climatic and environmental variability during the Eemian period, based on an intercomparison of marine carbonate bivalves from coastal sedimentary cores and independently dated calcite speleothems.
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