My professional interests and experience include marine geology, marine palynology, marine micropaleontology, geochemistry, paleoceanography, paleoecology, and paleoclimatology. I have a strong taste for Phanerozoic global change, extreme climate transitions and related biostratigraphy, evolution, paleoecology, biogeochemistry of phytoplankton, and of dinoflagellates in particular, working in/with industry and in academia. The past is the key to the future.
Main areas of expertise: North Sea and Nordic Seas, Arctic (IODP 302 ACEX - shipboard), various Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean basins, Mediterranean incl. North Africa and former Paratethys, Caspian Sea, but also SE Asia, S America, and much of the Southern Ocean, incl the Tasman Region (ODP 189 - shipboard), and Antarctica, co-chief IODP 318 Wilkes Land Basin.
Photos taken during the IODP 302 ACEX expedition on the North Pole.
• NIOZ General director
• Professor in Marine Palynology and Paleoecology, Utrecht University
• Co-chief scientist IODP Expedition 318
• Chair Netherlands IODP committee
• Founding father (and co-director; 2004-2014) of the Urbino Summerschool in Palaeoclimatology
• NIOZ/NL representative of various oceanographic consortia, including the European Marine Board
• Executive committee member Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO)
• Board member MARIS B.V.
• Chair Laboratory of Palaeobotany & Palynology (LPP) Foundation
• Member of various scientific advisory boards, nationally and internationally
• Member of the KNAW
1985-1992 - University Utrecht, PhD Geology, Palaeoceanography, Marine Palynology, Micropaleontology
1978-1985 - University Utrecht, MSc, Geology