Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research


The NIOZ director develops and implements the general and science policies

The director of NIOZ is prof. dr. Henk Brinkhuis. He develops and implements the general and science policies for the institute and is responsible for the day-to-day management.

Prof. dr. Henk Brinkhuis took office as director of NIOZ on October 1, 2011. He is also part-time professor in Marine Palynology and Paleoecology at Utrecht University.

He earned a master's degree in marine geology and biostratigraphy / paleoceanography from Utrecht University, with a major subject in organic geochemistry at Delft Technical University. He received his doctorate in Eocene-Oligocene marine palynology, paleoecology and paleoceanography from Utrecht University.

Henk Brinkhuis has a strong taste for Phanerozoic extreme climate change, (paleo)oceanography and (paleo)ecology. He (co)authored over 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications and (co)supervised over 25 PhD students.

As a Dutch national representative, Henk is involved in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). He helped form many integrated national and international scientific education programs in paleoclimatology and -ecology, and served on numerous scientific advisory panels and committees.