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Maarten Herman

Dr Maarten Herman BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CMarSci, PGCE


Warsash Maritime School


During the late 1980s, Maarten trained as a deck officer in the Dutch Merchant Navy.

He emigrated from the Netherlands to the UK and started a career in the applied science of oceanography. He studied for his BSc (Hons) Ocean Science and Fisheries Science (2.1) at the University of Plymouth, followed by an MSc Oceanography from the University of Southampton, and PhD research into wave dynamics in a macro-tidal estuary from the University of Cambridge. He then spent the next nine years in various roles employed as a numerical modeller in the marine commercial sector.

Maarten became a Chartered Marine Scientist from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in 2005. In 2008 Maarten he took the opportunity to train as a teacher of mathematics. In 2009 he qualified (QTS) with a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Southampton.  He then gained experience working in several roles (up to course leader for A level maths provision) at secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges on the Isle of Wight. In 2014-15, he completed a L5 leadership and management course, followed by a course on team leading.

Maarten joined Solent in January 2019 as a lecturer in marine engineering in the Warsash Maritime School, where he has taught maths, mechanics and thermodynamics. At present he is teaching primarily ship stability to cadets and senior seafarers and is currently working towards his PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Further information

  1. Industry experience

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    To help fund his PhD research, Maarten worked as a sediment analysis laboratory assistant at the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit of the University of Cambridge. Following successful completion of his PhD, he worked as a coastal processes engineering assistant within the Flood Defence Department of the Environment Agency in Peterborough. 

    In 2001 he was employed as an oceanographer/scientific programmer at Fugro GEOS (Global Environmental and Ocean Sciences) in Swindon. Relocation of the company in 2003 let Maarten to move to the Isle of Wight from where he commuted to his work as a consultant coastal modeller at ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd in Southampton. 

    He then worked for a short spell for a small Island-based company, PhysE Ltd (Physical Environment) as a metocean adviser, before training as a maths teacher in 2008.

  2. Teaching experience

    Maarten is a qualified teacher of mathematics with 10 years' teaching experience across all levels of the curriculum (secondary up to A2).
  3. Research interests

    Maarten's research interests lie in the areas of coastal and sediment dynamics, and mathematics teaching and learning.