My name is Nienke van der Marel and I will start as Assistant Professor at Leiden Observatory (the Netherlands) in September 2021. I am currently working as a Banting fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada). My research focuses on planet formation in protoplanetary disks. Previously I was an NRC research fellow at the NRC Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics. Before Victoria, I worked as a Beatrice Watson Parrent Fellow at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.
I work with submillimeter interferometry data from ALMA, SMA and VLA. I analyze both molecular line and continuum data through physical-chemical modeling with e.g. RADMC-3D and DALI. I am also involved in various project on direct imaging of exoplanets, with Keck and Subaru on Mauna Kea.
I received my PhD cum laude in September 2015 at Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, with promotors Ewine van Dishoeck and Kees Dullemond (University of Heidelberg, Germany). My thesis is titled "Mind the gap; gas and dust in planet-forming disks" (available for download here) and focuses on the structure of gas and dust in transitional disks, using millimeter interferometry data with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA).