Lisanne Braat

Postdoc | Geomorphologist | Video editing

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Research Blog

Veni granted!

I am one of the lucky 188 in the Netherlands that was awarded a Veni grant! A Veni is a research grant for talented early career researchers ... Read more
August 3rd, 2023

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month

Read my article on the effect of gravity on river deltas on the Planetary Geomorphology Image of the ... Read more
July 1st, 2023

Last PhD paper finally published

My last PhD paper "Observed and modelled tidal bar sedimentology reveals preservation bias against mud in estuarine stratigraphy" was ... Read more
April 1st, 2023

ESA Teamday

Today we had a very big party at ESA. Music, games, free food and drinks. We also made a picture of ourselves from space! ... Read more
June22nd, 2022

Writing retreat

With a group of former collegues from Utrecht University I went on a writing retreat to Cornwall, UK. After the Corona dip, we could all ... Read more
February 1st, 2022

Hollywood not as empty as expected - Pride + BLM

I have been living in Pasadena now for three months, mostly staying at home due to Covid-19 limitations. Because everything is now (very) ... Read more
June 17th, 2020

Fietsen Noord-Pasadena

Omdat ik niemand heb om tegen te praten, heb ik maar eens geprobeerd om tegen de camera te praten. Dit is echt mijn eerste vlog ... Read more
April 12th, 2020

Settling in Pasadena

My arrival in Pasadena, CA, was different than I expected due to the Corona-crisis. It has been difficult to get things due self-isolation and ... Read more
March 28th, 2020

Moving to California - Coronavirus

This week I moved to Pasadena, California, for my Rubicon research project at Caltech. Arranging the visa, travel, and move has not ... Read more
March 17th, 2020

Rubicon granted!

Super goed nieuws! Ik heb een Rubicon beurs gekregen om onderzoek te doen naar deltas op Mars. Dit onderzoek ga ik uitvoeren bij ... Read more
February 19th, 2020

Video of my PhD research

This is the video about my PhD research that I made for the Bruings lecture. And these are some of the other videos I made for my colleagues. ... Read more
January 20th, 2020

5th Brunings Lecture

The annual Christiaan Brunings Lecture brings together the scientists, practitioners and managers of rivers and estuaries. ... Read more
January 15th, 2020

The Deep: Aquarium Hull

Me and my collegues Jana Cox and Will McMahon visited a friend and former colleague of ours (Anne Baar) at the University of Hull. ... Read more
November 27th, 2019

Symposium: Experiences of Gender in Academia

The Young Women Of Geosciences (YWOG) organised an symposium to promote diversion and inclusion at universities. ... Read more
September 4th, 2019

Dr. Braat

Pictures of my PhD defence. Read more
May 13th, 2019

Digital flipbook of my thesis

Below you can find a digital flipbook of my thesis. You can also open it here: Feel free to share! ... Read more
May 3th, 2019

PhD defence coming up

In two weeks I will defend my thesis ‘Morphodynamics and Sedimentology of Estuaries with Sand and Mud’. This is the last and final part of ... Read more
April 27th, 2019

Interview YWOG

A few days ago I was interviewed by the Young Women of Geosciences (YWOG) for the website. You can find the interview here. ... Read more
March 30th, 2019

Nieuw Zeeland

Na het indienen van mijn thesis ben ik samen met mijn partner Bas en vriendin/collega Anne naar nieuw Zeeland geweest. Iets wat we al ... Read more
March 5th, 2019

Dissertation approved!

This week my dissertation was approved by my reading committee. This committee consists of 6 external professors. I can now ... Read more
March 2th, 2019

AGU 2018

As you might know I have been making a lot of videos recently, so I also decided to make a short video of my AGU experience this year. ... Read now
December 15th, 2018

NCK Themeday

Last monday several people of our research group went to the NCK themeday at the Art Centre in Delft. ... Read more
Octorber 31th, 2018

New paper published with Metronome experiments!

Today the final version of my new article became available on the ESPL website! The paper is on the effects of estuarine mudflats on tidal ... Read more
October 31th, 2018

Mississippi Tour + AGU movie

This movie is a bit late (from last december), but I had some other movies that I had to finish editing first. This movie belongs to my posts of ... Read more
June 2nd, 2018

Veldwerk Frankrijk filmpje 2016

Dit jaar ben ik voor de vierde keer mee als begeleider op het 1e jaars veldwerk in Frankrijk. Twee jaar geleden heb ik veel gefilmd tijdens dit ... Read more
June 2nd, 2018

Bifurcations - Hydralab+ (2)

As promised, an update on our progress in the Fast Flow Facility. Today I am in the lab on my own, Michele left on Friday ... Read more
April 9th, 2018

Bifurcations - Hydralab+

Two days ago I travelled to the UK to do experiments at HR Wallingford for two weeks. We are working with a group in the Fast Flow Facility ... Read more
April 4th, 2018

Ice skating on the Catharijnesingel, Utrecht

It has been freezing for a few days now. Only yesterday, the ice got thick enough to stand on and the thaw will start soon. However, this small ... Read more
March 3rd, 2018

Mississippi Tour, Louisiana

The week before the AGU conference me and three colleagues (Jasper Leuven, Wout van Dijk and Sanja Selakovic) went on a excursion along the Mississippi...
December 30th, 2017

AGU fall meeting 2017

After presenting at EGU last year, I thought I might better also try presenting at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting. The AGU fall meeting is the biggest...
December 22th, 2017

Making Laqcuer peels!

Thanks to an excellent explanation from Janrik van den Berg, me and Wietse were able to make some nice laqcuer peels from the cores were brought back from...
November 13th, 2017

Looking for mud! (Fieldwork Walsoorden)

Yesterday we went for Fieldwork in the Western Scheldt on the tidal bar of Walsoorden. This was not an easy task, not only did we have to get up at five to be there...
October 24th, 2017


Als onderdeel van het MIRT-onderzoek ‘Duurzame Bodemligging Rijntakken’ organiseerde Arcadis een Hackathon om young professionals te betrekken in...
October 13th, 2017

First paper published!

Between all the drama this week I recieved this awesome email: “We are pleased to inform you that your following manuscript has been published in Earth...
October 9th, 2017

RCEM Pictures, Italy

Many representative at the RCEM in Italy from our group from Utrecht. Two nice excursions durings this conference to the the venice lagoon by boat...
September 28th, 2017

Department day - NIOZ

About half the Physical Geography department of Utrecht University joined the department day to the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). ...
September 19th, 2017

Mini-Metronome Terschelling

Since a few weeks the Metronome has a new baby brother (or sister?) on Terschelling, a wadden island of the Netherlands. Together with Jan Mulder I visited...
July 15th, 2017

Experiments with cohesive sediments at Bangor University

On my way to Manchester airport from Bangor, Wales, UK. This weekend I joined a workshop on cohesive sediments in flumes, which was great and very relevant...
May 8th, 2017

PhD-day in the dunes

A short (5min) movie of the PhD-day from our department. We went on an excursion to the Noordwest Natuurkern where we learned about dune blowouts. In the afternoon...
April 12th, 2017

Status paper: online discussion paper (ESurfD)

My first paper as first author is now online available as a discussion paper in Earth Surface Dynamics. This means that the first part of my PhD research is now under review. ...
March 24th, 2017

River research conference (NCR-days)

This is a conference in the Netherlands about river research. At this conference I presented my modelling study about the effect of fluvial mud supply on ...
March 8th, 2017

A day at the Metronome

I made a short movie about a day at the Metronome. This movie shows the last day of my first experiment of an estuary with nutshell as mud simulant. ...
December 15th, 2016


At the moment we are working on the first experiment in which we use nutshell grains as mud simulant. Nutshell grains are light weight and become a little be...
November 29th, 2016

DUB de werkplek: de estuaria van Lisanne Braat

An article was published about my workplace in the magazine of the university called the DUB. The article link can be found here. ...
September 28th, 2016


I had an amazing time the past two weeks at the Summer Institute on Earth-Surface Dynamics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During our time there we got many...
August 24th, 2016

Nog een jaar Veldwerk Frankrijk!

Ook dit jaar ging ik (en een hoop zelfde collega’s als vorig jaar) weer mee naar Frankrijk om de nieuwe eerste jaars bachelor studenten te leren hoe veldwerk...
June 26th, 2016

European Geosciences Union (EGU), Vienna

Me and my poster at my first conference outside the Netherlands. ...
April 16th, 2016

Fieldwork Mekong Delta, Vietnam

This April, me and Jasper went to Vietnam to help our collegue, Sepehr, with his fieldwork on the Mekong delta. The project is about the salt intrusion in the Mehkong...
April 10th, 2016

Opening of the Metronome!

Official opening of The Metronome tidal laboratory facility during the Christiaan Brunings lecture. This will become a yearly event at Utrecht University with every year a...
January 12th, 2016

The Metronome is moving!

Water, check! Electricity, check! Pumping, check! Walls, check! Roughness, check! Sand, check! Movement, check! Cameras, …check?? Well, all but one. Safety...
August 7th, 2015

Earth scientists don't get holidays

A few days ago I came back from a small holiday at the Lauwersmeer near the Wadden Sea, North Frisia (the Netherlands). I just looked back at my photos and realized for...
August 7th, 2015

Distributing sand in the Metronome

The experimental setup for tidal experiments, The Metronome, is almost finished. Electrical wiring, laying water pipes, installing camera’s etc. is all done. ...
July 10th, 2015

Supervisor Fieldwork France

As part of my appointment as a PhD researcher at Utrecht University I am required to spent 10% of my time on student education. This year I spent this time supervising...
July 3th, 2015

Visit annular flume Delft

Today me and Jasper visited Anne at Delft University of Technology. We helped her, together with two master students, changing the sediment in the experimental setup...
June 30th, 2015

Field excursion Dovey (Dyfi) estuary

Our Vici-research-group visited Willem Toonen (PhD from Utrecht University) at Aberystwyth University where he is currently working. With his connections we...
May 7th, 2015

Western Scheldt excursion

Today I went on a small excursion to the ‘plaat van Walsoorden’, a shoal in the Western Sheldt. With thanks to Rijkswaterstaat I was able to look at the variation in mud...
March 24th, 2015

NCK-days, my first conference as a PhD

Together with my several colleagues from the department, we went to the NCK Days at Schoorl near the Hondsbossche and Pettemer Sea Defence. The NCK...
March 20th, 2015

Arrival experimental setup 'The Metronome'

Before my PhD even started the brand new setup for our experiments (The Metronome) arrived by truck. It was pretty impressive, especially when the...
December 11th, 2014








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