Prof. Dr. Etienne Steurbaut

Head of section, Micropalaeontologist
Etienne Steurbaut
Contact
Phone:
+32 (0)2 627 44 85
Fax:
+32 2 627 41 13
Key Publications
Key Projects

Uit de loopgraven: naar een ontrafeling van graduele en catastrofale veranderingen rond de K/Tgrens
FWO-Onderzoeksproject G.0B85.13;
4-year project from 01.01.2013-31.12.2016;
3 partners: KULeuven (R. Speijer coördinator), KBIN (E. Steurbaut promotor), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (P. Claeys promotor);
Personnel: 1 persoon, L. Woelders, full time 48 monthsFunding: Vlaamse Gemeenschap FWO-Vlaanderen, 272.985,65  EUR. 

The Famennian vertebrate fauna of Strud (Namur Basin, Belgium) with special focus on early tetrapod evolution and paleoecology
Actie 2 onderzoeksproject FWI – WI/36/K03;
4-year project from 01.02.2011-31.01.2015;
3 partners: ULiège (E. Poty promotor), Museum national d’Histoire naturelle Paris (G. Clément promotor), KBIN (E. Steurbaut coördinator);
Personnel: 1 person S. Olive, full time  48 months;
Funding: POD Wetenschapsbeleid, 159.600 EUR. 

Evolutie van de diepzee-ecosystemen tijdens mondiale opwarmingen van het vroege Eoceen: stabiele isotopen- en foraminiferendata
FWO-Onderzoeksproject G.0422.10N
4-year project from 01.01.2010-31.12.2013;
3 partners: KULeuven (R. Speijer coördinator), KBIN (E. Steurbaut promotor), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (P. Claeys promotor);
Personnel: 1 persoon S. D'haenens, full time 48 months;
Funding: Vlaamse Gemeenschap FWO-Vlaanderen, 271.819,65  EUR.

Identificatie van paleogene hyperthermalen en hun invloed op de marine biosfeer
Bijzonder onderzoeksfonds Leuven – Onderzoekstoelagen OT/08/18;
4-year project from 01.10.2008-30.09.2011;
3 partners: KULeuven (R. Speijer coördinator), KBIN (E. Steurbaut promotor), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (P. Claeys promotor);
Personnel: 1 person P. Stassen, half-time, 48 months;
Funding: KULeuven, Onderzoekstoelagen, 227.000,00  EUR.

Stratigrafische analyse van het Priaboniaan-Rupeliaan, Eo-Oligocene transitie, in Noord-België als basis voor correlatie met de klassieke sedimentatiebekkens uit het Noordelijk Halfrond
FWO-Researchproject G.0093.01;
4-year project from 01.01.2001-31.12.2004;
4 partners: KULeuven (N. Vandenberghe coördinator), KBIN (E. Steurbaut promoter), Universiteit Utrecht (H. Brinkhuis, promoter), University of Michigan (L. Ivany, promoter);
Personnel: S. Van Simaeys 1 person halftime, 48 months;
Funding: Vlaamse Gemeenschap FWO-Vlaanderen, 2.300.000 BEF.

Project « Fonds de Transfert de Technologie : Implications économiques de l’étude des platesformes carbonatées crétacées et éocènes en Tunisie»
Funding: Convention Générale de Coopération Technique entre le Royaume de Belgique et la République tunisienne du 11/10/1984;
5-year project from 01.03.1996-28.02.2001 (3 + 2);
3 partners : Office National des Mines, Tunis (promoter F. Matmati); Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (coördinator F . Robaszynski; promoter C. Dupuis), Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (promoter E. Steurbaut);
Employment: 4 Tunisian engeneers-geologists part-time; 4 Belgian operators, among which the 3 promoters and 1 additional expert;
Funding: Belgian Government, 5.108.000 BEF; Tunisian Republic, 81.140 TUD.

Stratigraphic correlations of the Paleogene from Southern Europe to the Peri-Caspian region
Peri-Tethys consortium (AGIP, ARCO, BRGM, in total 13 institutions);
4-year project from 1994-1997;
Several partners: Institute of Geology and Geochemistry, Ekatarinburg, Russia (V. Zhelezko), FPMons (C. Dupuis), Universidad de Zaragoza, Spanje (E. Molina), Greenich University (C. King), …. en KBIN- Brussels (E. Steurbaut participant);
Funding: Peri-Tethys consortium, 15.000 FF in 1995.

Professional experiences

01/10/2013 > ongoing: Part-time Full Professor (Deeltijds Hoogleraar)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

01/10/2005 > 30/09/2013: Part-time Associate Professor

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Deeltijds Hoofddocent

01/10/2008 > 16/05/2013: Head of Department of Paleontology

KBIN, Brussels, Belgium

Departementshoofd a.i. Paleontologie

01/07/2003 > 16/05/2013: Head of Section Fossil Vertebrates

KBIN, Brussels, Belgium

Afdelingshoofd a.i. Fossiele Vertebraten

01/02/1994 > ongoing: Werkleider

KBIN, Brussel Belgium
Academic training

01/10/1976 > 15/06/1981: Doctor in de Wetenschappen, Groep Aard- en Delfstofkunde

Doctor in de Wetenschappen, Groep Aard- en Delfstofkunde (Grootste onderscheiding)
Universiteit Gent

01/10/1974 > 30/06/1976: Licentiaat Aard- en Delfstofkunde

Licentiaat Aard- en Delfstofkunde (Grootste onderscheiding)
Universiteit Gent

01/10/1971 > 10/07/1974: Kandidaat Aard- en Delfstofkunde

Kandidaat Aard- en Delfstofkunde (Grote onderscheiding)
Universiteit Gent

2017

O. Lambert, Martinez-Caceres, M. , Bianucci, G. , Di Celma, C. , Salas-Gismondi, R. , Steurbaut, E. , Urbina, M. , and de Muizon, C. , Earliest Mysticete from the Late Eocene of Peru Sheds New Light on the Origin of Baleen whales., Current Biology, vol. 27, pp. 1535-1541 e1-e2, 2017.

2016

P. Stassen, Speijer, R. P. , Devleeschouwer, X. , Abels, H. A. , King, C. , Willems, W. , and Steurbaut, E. , Early Eocene climate changes in the North Sea Basin: a Belgian perspective, in Abstract book of the 5th International Geologica Belgica 2016 Congress, Mons, 26-29 January 2016, 2016.
S. Wouters, Devleeschouwer, X. , Spassov, S. , Yans, J. , Storme, J. - Y. , and Steurbaut, E. , Detrital paramagnetic (clays) minerals controlling the magnetic susceptibility signal and detection of detrital ferromagnetic minerals during Danian and Selandian time (Loubieng quarry, France)., in New trends on Paleo, Rock and Environmental Magnetism, 21-27th August 2016 Dinant Belgium, 2016, 15th Castle Meetingth ed., pp. 171-173.
X. Devleeschouwer, Wouters, S. , Riquier, L. , Yans, J. , Storme, J. - Y. , and Steurbaut, E. , A climatic change at the Danian/Selandian boundary: increasing weathering fluxes, in 5th International Geologica Belgica Congress 2016, Mother Earth, 2016.
E. Steurbaut, De Coninck, J. , and Van Simaeys, S. , Micropalaeontological dating of the Prémontré mammal fauna (MP10, Prémontré Sands, EECO, early late Ypresian, Paris Basin), Geologica Belgica, vol. 19, pp. 273-280, 2016.
C. Noiret, Steurbaut, E. , Tabuce, R. , Marandat, B. , Schnyder, J. , Storme, J. - Y. , and Yans, J. , New bio-chemostratigraphic dating of a unique early Eocene sequence from southern Europe results in precise mammalian biochronological tie-points, Newsletters on Stratigraphy, vol. 49, pp. 469-480, 2016.
E. Steurbaut, De Coninck, J. , and Van Simaeys, S. , Micropalaeontological dating of the Prémontré mammal fauna (MP10, Prémontré Sands, EECO, early late Ypresian, Paris Basin)., Geologica Belgica, vol. 19, pp. 271-280, 2016.
S. Olive, Ahlberg, P. E. , Pernègre, V. N. , Poty, E. , Steurbaut, E. , and Clément, G. , New discoveries of tetrapods (ichthyostegid-like and whatcheeriid-like) in the Famennian (Late Devonian) localities of Strud and Becco (Belgium)., Palaeontology, vol. 59, pp. 827-840, 2016.
E. Steurbaut, Deceukelaire, M. , Lanckacker, T. , Matthijs, J. , Stassen, P. , Van Baelen, H. , and Vandenberghe, N. , An update of the lithostratigraphy of the Ieper Group.. 2016.

2015

M. Borremans, Ampe, C. , Debacker, T. , Deckers, S. , Deceukelaire, M. , Deronde, B. , De Schepper, S. , De Vos, K. , De Vos, W. , Dewaele, S. , Dusar, M. , Fettweis, M. , Finke, P. , Gauthier, A. , Geets, S. , Houthuys, R. , Jacobs, P. , Laga, P. , Lagrou, D. , Langohr, R. , Louwye, S. , Martens, C. , Mathys, M. , Piessens, K. , Poesen, J. , Steurbaut, E. , Vandenberghe, N. , Van Lancker, V. , Van Ranst, E. , Verniers, J. , and Welkenhuysen, K. , Geologie van Vlaanderen. Academia Press, 2015.
E. Steurbaut, Het vroeg-Eoceen, in Geologie van Vlaanderen, vol. Cenozoicum: Paleogeen en Neogeen, M. Borremans Eekhout 2, 9000 Gent: Uitgeverij Academia Press, 2015, pp. 125-135.
E. Steurbaut, Het Paleoceen., in Geologie van Vlaanderen, vol. Cenozoicum: Paleogeen en Neogeen, M. Borremans Eekhout 2, 9000 Gent: Uitgeverij Academia Press, 2015, pp. 117-124.
E. Steurbaut, Opmars van de zoogdieren en prelude van het heden., in Geologie van Vlaanderen, vol. Cenozoicum: Paleogeen en Neogeen, M. Borremans Eekhout 2, 9000 Gent: Uitgeverij Academia Press, 2015, pp. 105-116.
D. Ward, Underwood, C. J. , and Steurbaut, E. , Stratigraphic context and dating of the Middle and Late Eocene vertebrate localities of the Fayum., in 75TH SVP Annual Meeting October 14-17, 2015, Dallas USA, Meeting Program and Abstracts, 2015, pp. p. 234-235.
P. Stassen, Speijer, R. , Devleeschouwer, X. , Abels, H. , King, C. , Willems, W. , and Steurbaut, E. , Eocene hyperthermals in the North Sea Basin: a Belgian Ypresian perspective., in Abstract Book, 2015, p. 1.
E. Steurbaut, King, C. , Matthijs, J. , Noiret, C. , Yans, J. , and Van Simaeys, S. , The Zemst borehole, first record of the EECO in the North Sea Basin and implications for Belgian Ypresian-Lutetian stratigraphy, Geologica Belgica, vol. 18, pp. 147-159, 2015.
E. Steurbaut, Obituary - In memorium of Dr. Chris King (December 1943 - January 2015), Miscellanea Geologica, vol. XXXVI, p. 16, 2015.
A. Deprez, Tesseur, S. , Stassen, P. , D'haenens, S. , Steurbaut, E. , King, C. , Claeys, P. , and Speijer, R. P. , Early Eocene environmental development in the northern Peri-Tethys (Aktulagay, Kazakhstan) based on benthic foraminiferal assemblages and stable isotopes (O, C)., Marine Micropaleontology, vol. 115, pp. 59-71, 2015.

2014

D. Vanhove, Speijer, R. P. , Steurbaut, E. , Claeys, P. , and Ivany, L. , Temperature, seasonality and salinity history of the early Eocene North Sea Basin inferred from fish otoliths and mollusks., Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana, vol. 31, pp. 217-218, 2014.
S. D'haenens, Bornemann, A. , Claeys, P. , Röhl, U. , Steurbaut, E. , and Speijer, R. P. , A transient deep-sea circulation switch during Eocene Thermal Maximum 2., Paleoceanography, vol. 29, pp. 370-388, 2014.
J. - Y. Storme, Steurbaut, E. , Devleeschouwer, X. , Dupuis, C. , Iacumin, P. , Rochez, G. , and Yans, J. , Integrated bio-chemostratigraphical correlations and climatic evolution across the Danian–Selandian boundary at low latitudes., Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 414, pp. 212-224, 2014.
J. - Y. Storme, Steurbaut, E. , Devleeschouwer, X. , Dupuis, C. , Iacumin, P. , Rochez, G. , and Yans, J. , Integrated bio-chemostratigraphical correlations and climatic evolution across the Danian-Selandian boundary at low latitudes., Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 414, pp. 212-224, 2014.
C. King, Underwood, C. , and Steurbaut, E. , Eocene stratigraphy of the Wadi Al-Hitan World Heritage Site and adjacent areas (Fayum, Egypt)., Stratigraphy, vol. 11, pp. 185-234, 2014.

2013

S. D'haenens, Bornemann, A. , Claeys, P. , Groeneveld, J. , Röhl, U. , Steurbaut, E. , and Speijer, R. P. , A North Atlantic perspective of Eocene Thermal Maximum 2 (ETM2)., in Long-term perspectives on ocean and climate dynamics - Three decades of ICP. 11th International conference on Paleoceanography, 2013, p. P-287.
M. Košťák, Jagt, J. W. M. , Speijer, R. P. , Stassen, P. , and Steurbaut, E. , New Paleocene Sepiid Coleoids (Cephalopoda) from Egypt: Evolutionary Significance and Origin of the Sepiid {`}Rostrum'., PLOS ONE, vol. 8, pp. 1-19, 2013.

2004

D. Nolf and Steurbaut, E. , Otolithes de poissons de l'Oligocène inférieur du basin liguro-piémontais oriental, Italie., Rivista Piemontese di Storia Naturale, vol. 25, pp. 3-20, 2004.

2002

D. Nolf and Steurbaut, E. , Compléments à l'étude des otolithes de poissons rupeliens d'Aquitaine méridionale (Sud ouest de la France)., Revue de Micropaléontology, vol. 45, pp. 297-312, 2002.

2000

F. Damblon and Steurbaut, E. , Gobertange: site géologique remarquable., in La Gobertange - Une Pierre, des hommes., J. Tordoir ASLB Gobertange 2000 Cera Holding, 2000, pp. 19-48.
E. Steurbaut, Dupuis, C. , Arenillas, I. , Molina, E. , and Matmati, M. Faouzi, The Kalaat Senan section in Central Tunisia: a potential reference section for the Danian/Selandian boundary., GFF, vol. 122, pp. 158-160, 2000.
E. Steurbaut, De Coninck, J. , Dupuis, C. , and King, C. , Dinoflagellate cyst events and depositional history of the Paleocene/Eocene boundary interval in the southern North Sea Basin, GFF, vol. 122, pp. 154-157, 2000.
T. Moorkens, Steurbaut, E. , Jutson, D. , and Dupuis, C. , New data on the Paleocene-Eocene transitional strata in the southern North Sea Basin., GFF, vol. 122, pp. 111-114, 2000.

1999

M. - P. Aubry, Berggren, W. A. , Cramer, B. , Dupuis, C. , Kent, D. V. , Ouda, K. , Schmitz, B. , and Steurbaut, E. , Paleocene/Eocene boundary sections in Egypt., in Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Geology of Africa (Nov. 23-25 1999), Assiut Egypt, 1999, pp. 1-11.
R. Smith, Smith, T. , and Steurbaut, E. , Les élasmobranches de la transition Paléocène-Eocène de Dormaal (Belgique): implications biostratigraphiques et paléobiogéographiques, Bulletin de la Société géologique de France, vol. 170, pp. 327-334, 1999.
E. Steurbaut, De Coninck, J. , Roche, É. , and Smith, T. , The Dormaal Sands and the Palaeocene/Eocene boundary in Belgium, Bulletin de la Société géologique de France, vol. 170, pp. 217-227, 1999.

1998

N. Vandenberghe, Laga, P. , Steurbaut, E. , Hardenbol, J. , and Vail, P. R. , Tertiary Sequence Stratigraphy at the southern border of the North Sea Basin in Belgium., in Mesozoic and Cenozoic Sequence Stratigraphy of European Basins., vol. 60, P. - C. de Graciansky, Hardenbol, J. , Jaquin, T. , and Vail, P. R. Tulsa Oklahoma U.S.A.: SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), 1998, pp. 119-154.
C. Dupuis, Steurbaut, E. , De Coninck, J. , and Riveline, J. , The Western Argiles à lignite facies. Cap-d'Ailly sections., in The Palaeocene/Eocene boundary in Paris Basin : The Sparnacian deposits. Field Trip Guide., Paris, 1998, vol. 34, pp. 60-71.
E. Steurbaut, De Coninck, J. , Roche, É. , and Smith, T. , The Dormaal Sands and the Paleocene/Eocene boundary in Belgium., Strata, vol. 1, p. 124, 1998.
E. Steurbaut, Dupuis, C. , De Coninck, J. , Roche, M. , Roche, É. , and Belmini, K. , Palaeoecological evolution across the Paleocene/Eocene boundary in Belgium, Strata, vol. 1, p. 123, 1998.
E. Steurbaut, De Coninck, J. , Dupuis, C. , and King, C. , The Mid-Paleocene to Early Eocene depositional history and biotic evolution in the southern North Sea., Strata, vol. 1, p. 122, 1998.
T. Smith, Smith, R. , and Steurbaut, E. , Les faunes à Vertébrés de Dormaal (Belgique) : renouvellement, corrélations et paléobiogéographie., Strata, vol. 1, p. 117, 1998.
C. Dupuis, Steurbaut, E. , De Coninck, J. , Riveline, J. , and Sinha, A. , The Paleocene-Eocene boundary interval of the Channel Coast (NW Paris Basin). Main events and stratigraphical interpretation., Strata, vol. 1, pp. 45-47, 1998.

1996

B. Schmitz, Heilmann-Clausen, C. , King, C. , Steurbaut, E. , Andreasson, F. P. , Corfield, R. M. , and Cartlidge, J. E. , Stable isotope and biotic evolution in the North Sea during the early Eocene : the Albaek Hoved section, Denmark., in Correlation of the Early Paleogene in Northwest Europe., vol. 101, R. W. O. 'B. Knox, Corfield, R. M. , and Dunay, R. E. Brassmill Lane Bath, UK: The Geological Society London, 1996, pp. 275-306.

1995

B. Cahuzac, Janin, M. - C. , and Steurbaut, E. , Biostratigraphie de l'Oligo-Miocène du bassin d'Aquitaine fondée sur les nannofossiles calcaires. Implications paléogéographiques, Géologie de la France, vol. 2, pp. 57-82, 1995.

1994

E. Steurbaut and King, C. , Integrated stratigraphy of the Mont-Panisel borehole section (151E340), Ypresian (Early Eocene) of the Mons Basin, SW Belgium., Bulletin van de Belgische Vereniging voor Geologie, vol. 102, pp. 175-202, 1994.

1989

W. De Breuck, Fobe, B. , Lebbe, L. , Steurbaut, E. , van Dyck, E. , and Walraevens, K. , De boringen van Ursel en Maldegem: bijdrage tot de kennis van het Eoceen in Noordwest-België, vol. 236. Jennerstraat 13, 1000 Brussel: Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Administratie der Mijnen, Geologische Dienst van België, 1989, p. 98.

1987

M. Dusar, Bless, M. Johannes M. , Borremans, G. , Burger, K. , De Loose, J. , Fairon-Demaret, M. , Felder, P. J. Sjeuf, Gullentops, F. , Lie, S. Fan, Muchez, P. , Paproth, E. , Piérart, P. , Rossa, H. G. , Smolderen, A. , Somers, Y. , Steurbaut, E. , Streel, M. , Viaene, W. , Witte, H. , and Wouters, L. , De steenkoolverkenningsboring Gruitrode-Ophovenderheide (boring 172 van het Kempens Bekken), vol. 230. Jennerstraat 13, 1000 Brussel: Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Administratie der Mijnen, Geologische Dienst van België, 1987, p. 107.
01/01/2013 to 31/12/2016

Out of the trenches: towards disentangling gradual and catastrophic changes across the K/T boundary

In a recent synthesis, it was convincingly shown that the impact of a large asteroid in the Gulf of Mexico coincided with the Cretaceous/Tertiary (K/T) boundary, 65 million years ago, and with the sudden biodiversity decline known as the K/T mass extinction when numerous organisms became extinct.

01/10/2013 to 30/09/2016

Deciphering shallow marine ecosystem dynamics during rapid global warmings: an early Eocene North Sea Basin perspective (Belgium)

This research is intended to lead to a better understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between the geo- and biosphere in shallow-water settings, and to answer the question how early Eocene benthic ecosystems respond to environmental changes during periods of rapid global warming.
01/01/2010 to 31/12/2015

Evolution of the deep-sea ecosystem during early Eocene transient warming events: stable- isotope and foraminiferal evidence

Tijdens het laat Paleoceen – vroeg Eoceen (60-50 Ma) onderging de aarde de warmste omstandigheden van het Cenozoïcum. Vooral op hoge en gematigde breedten waren de temperaturen veel hoger dan vandaag. Bovenop deze warme basissituatie beïnvloedde een felle en kortstondige opwarming (“hyperthermaal”) van de aarde, bekend als het Paleoceen-Eoceen...
01/02/2011 to 31/01/2015

The Famennian vertebrate fauna of Strud (Namur Basin, Belgium) with special focus on early tetrapod evolution and paleoecology

The study of the paleoenvironment of the Strud quarry beds (Late Famennian) is primordial because their formation took place during the earliest phase of tetrapod evolution (i.e. after their emergence around 400 million year ago and before their terrestrialisation at the beginning of the Carboniferous 40 m.y. later).
01/01/2012 to 31/12/2013

Fossil sperm whales and their prey: evolution of Physeteroid feeding strategies

The objective of this project is to investigate the high diversity of morphologies and sizes among fossil and modern sperm whale lineages in order to reconstruct the evolution of their predation modes, prey types and habitats - and to define the potential triggers of the main ecological shifts.
01/01/2010 to 31/12/2013

The microchemistry of fish-otoliths: a method for unraveling Paleocene and Eocene temperature fluctuations and seasonal variations in climate in the North Atlantic

The Paleocene and particularly the early Eocene are characterized by high global mean temperatures and carbon dioxide levels. Therefore, this period is considered  as a deep-time analog for future global warming, induced by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

16/11/2010 to 15/11/2013

Project DIGIT05: catalogues and databases of scientific collections

Paleobotany Collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences are among the largest and richest in Europe. They are unique in the world for the Paleozoic (542-299 Ma) as they contain many type specimens from internationally defined historical and actual stratotypes from existing sites in Belgium
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