Curriculum Vitae

My name is Wout van Dijk and I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher Associate at Universiteit Utrecht, department of Physical Geography.

I am currently working within the Vici-project of Maarten Kleinhans, 'Turning the Tide'. My role is to investigate the role of shoal margin collapses and their effect on the channel-shoal morphodynamics. Therefore, I first studied the origin of shoal margin collapses in the Western Scheldt, and afterwards I modelled shoal margin collapses in Delft3D to study the difference in development of the system when collapses are included. Currently, I am studying the role of other disturbances, such as dredging and disposal on the long-term development of the system.

During my postdoc at Durham University, I was working on the Changing Water Cycle project - Model the architecture of the palaeochannel aquifer system, constrained by data from the northwestern Indo-Gangetic Plains, to develop a regional-scale understanding of aquifer geometry, the degree of connectivity within the system, and its likely evolution over Holocene time scales.

During my PhD-research I was working on how meandering rivers can form in a laboratory, which I started in April 2009 and ended 5th of July 2013. Earlier experiments failed to reproduce sustainable meandering. The question is to what extent this is due to scaling problems and to what extent it reflects our limited understanding. We simulates several river patterns by varying discharge regime and adding vegetation or cohesive fines to the experiments. Our experiments represents a gravel-bed river. A very nice example of a gravel-bed meandering river is the river Allier in France (in reserve naturelle Val d'Allier).

May 2016 - present: Post-doctoral Research Associate at the department of Physical Geography, Universiteit Utrecht

Oct 2013 - Feb 2016: Post-doctoral Research Associate at the department of Geography, Durham University

April-August 2013: Post-doc position at the department of Physical Geography, Universiteit Utrecht

5th July 2013: PhD defense Dissertation Title: Meandering rivers - feedbacks between channel dynamics, floodplain and vegetation.

2006-2009: MSc-degree: Physical Geography, MSc-thesis: Effect of bank strength on experimental meandering rivers

2003-2006: BSc-degree, Earth-science, BSc-thesis: River deltas on Earth as analogues for Martian river deltas

During my Masters, I did a internship at Deltares, Delft. Here, I worked at the department of River science and transport on water.

ResearcherID K-9411-2013 citations: 298, h-index: 9

Scopus Author ID 55550583100 citations: 318, h-index: 9

Google Scholar Wout M. van Dijk citations: 527, h-index: 12

ORCID 0000-0002-7276-1824

Awards Union Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) award EGU General Assembly 2012 (Geomorphology)


Dutch journal for ingenieurs (De Ingenieur)

Dutch newspaper, science (NRC-weekend)

Live interview on national radio (Dutch radio 1, Tros)

Dutch television-program shows labs at the Utrecht University (RTV Utrecht, Bij ons in....)

Dutch VideoBlog (

Our research on Dutch national television told by Maarten Kleinhans (De Wereld Leert Door)

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