Ben de VriesResearch Fellow @ ESTEC (2015-2017)
Main Research Fields
My scientific interest lies in the study of planet forming disks, planetesimal evolution, astromineralogy, meteorites and Solar System bodies.
Before working at ESA I worked at the Stockholm Observatory and the Astrobiology Center of Stockholm. Here I collaborated with mineralogists and measured infrared spectra of meteoritic minerals in the laboratory.
I obtained my PhD at the KU Leuven in Belgium with Hans Van Winckel, Joris Blommaert and Rens Waters. During my PhD I could work on brand new observations from the Herschel Space Observatory, which led to multiple nice publications among which a Nature paper on the comets around Beta Pictoris.
I obtained my MSc in Astrophysics cum laude at the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of Rens Waters and Michiel Min. I did my high school in Groningen in the Netherlands.
If you are interested in my full CV or want to get in contact for another reason, please see http://www.stjerke.com
ESTEC: B. Foing, J. Benkhoff
UvA: Rens Waters, Michiel Min, Carsten Dominik, Lucas Ellerbroek
Stockholm University: Alexis Brandeker, Gianni Cataldi
Museum of natural History Stockholm: H. Skogby