Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research


Environmental and climate parameters in the geological past and in the present are reconstructed by using organic molecules produced by microorganisms

We have a strong interest in paleoclimatology proxies based on microbial lipids, isotope ecology (e.g., food web reconstructions based on bulk and compound specific stable isotope analyses), dissolved organic matter profiling using metabolomics, microbial lipid characterization, environmental lipidomics, lipid biomarker biosynthesis, and marine biogeochemical cycles.

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