Anna-Maartje de Boer is a physical geographer, who obtained her BSc in Earth Sciences from Utrecht University and her MSc Earth & Environment with a focus on Geochronology from Wageningen University & Research. During her MSc she studied low-frequency high-impact mass movement deposits in the Pokhara valley in Nepal with the use of novel luminescence techniques.
As a PhD Candidate she works within the TRacking Ameland Inlet Living lab System (TRAILS) project, supervised by Prof. Dr. Jakob Wallinga and Dr. Elizabeth Chamberlain. A mega-nourishment (5 Mm3 sand) has been added to the Ameland ebb-tidal delta inlet, between the Wadden Sea islands of Terschelling and Ameland, in order to compensate coastal erosion and prevent coastal flooding. In developing a suitable method for tracing and predicting nourishment dispersion, luminescence-based techniques are the key element of her study. The aims of this project are: (1) study bleaching characteristics of varying luminescence signals (2) develop a luminescence tracing method (3) analyze nourishment dispersion in the Wadden Sea (4) assess the role of bioturbation on the mixing of nourished and local sands.