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Dr. David Bekaert

Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry

Contact Information:
Building:  Clark South

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #24
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

Isotope Cosmochemistry and Planetary Sciences

Selected Publications

Bekaert, D. V., Avice, G., Marty, B., Henderson, B., & Gudipati, M. S. (2017). Stepwise heating of lunar anorthosites 60025, 60215, 65315 possibly reveals an indigenous noble gas component on the Moon. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 218, 114-131.

Bekaert, D. V., Broadley, M. W., Delarue, F., Avice, G., Robert, F., & Marty, B. (2018). Archean kerogen as a new tracer of atmospheric evolution: Implications for dating the widespread nature of early life. Science Advances, 4(2), eaar2091.

Bekaert, D. V., Marrocchi, Y., Meshik, A., Remusat, L., & Marty, B. (2019). Primordial heavy noble gases in the pristine Paris carbonaceous chondrite. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 54(2), 395-414.

Bekaert, D. V., Broadley, M. W., Caracausi, A., & Marty, B. (2019). Novel insights into the degassing history of Earth's mantle from high precision noble gas analysis of magmatic gas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 525, 115766.

Marty, B., Bekaert, D. V., Broadley, M. W., & Jaupart, C. (2019). Geochemical evidence for high volatile fluxes from the mantle at the end of the Archaean. Nature, 575(7783), 485-488.

Bekaert, D. V., Broadley, M. W., & Marty, B. (2020). The origin and fate of volatile elements on Earth revisited in light of noble gas data obtained from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-18.

Broadley M.W., Barry P., Bekaert D.V., Caracausi A., Ballentine C.J., Marty B. Identification of chondritic krypton and xenon in Yellowstone gases and the timing of terrestrial volatile accretion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2003907117.


2010 French Scientific Baccalauréat (A-Level) with honours

2012-2016 Engineering degree, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie (Nancy, France).

2015-2016 Master degree at the University of Lorraine, option Earth and Planets, valedictorian.

2017-2020 PhD, Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (Nancy, France).

2020- Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (MA, USA).

NASA internships

with mentor Dr. Murthy Gudipati at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA, USA)

Jan-Mar 2015 Constraining the level of contamination of lunar samples by terrestrial noble gases.

Jan-Mar 2017 Xenon multiple photo-ionization and clustering in cometary ice analogues.