Dr. Wout Salenbien is an Earth scientist with a background in paleoenvironmental reconstruction and paleoclimatology, through the combined use of geochemistry, stratigraphy, paleontology, and radiometric age-dating techniques. Dr. Salenbien received his Ph.D. in Earth and Ocean Science from Duke University for his research on the Cenozoic history of the Andean foreland in southeastern Peru, where he looked at the dynamic interactions between Andean mountain formation and associated large-scale landscape changes, long-term climate changes, and the evolution of the Amazon rainforest biosphere that has evolved in this setting. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Salenbien focused his research on early ice house conditions during the Ordovician through paleontological and geochemical characterization of rhythmic sedimentary deposits in the Oslo fjord of Norway, and on the evolutionary history of snails in Lake Malawi, Eastern Africa, during the Holocene. Throughout his career, Dr. Salenbien has been supported by various funding sources, including a NSF-FESD grant and a BAEF Graduate Fellowship, and has worked with the National Geographic Society as a Young Explorer grantee and as an External Grant Reviewer. In his free time, Dr. Salenbien likes to hang out with his flock of backyard chickens, read sci-fi, and tinker with vintage wristwatches.
Education: BSc in Geology from Ghent University, MSc in Geology, Major in Basin Dynamics from Ghent University (including one year of Erasmus exchange studies at the University of Tromsø), and a Ph.D. in Earth and Ocean Sciences from Duke University.