Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 421

Dr. Zeynep Erdem



  • Paleoceanography & paleoclimatology
  • Oxygen minimum marine environments
  • Multi-proxy applications; isotope and biogeochemistry
  • Marine sedimentology
  • Benthic foraminifera (Peruvian taxa)


    • 2012 - 2016 Ph.D. in Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel
    • 2008 - 2011 M.Sc. Climate and Ocean Sciences, Eurasia Institute of Earth Systems, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
    • 2004 - 2008 B.Sc. Engineering Geology, Faculty of Mines, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

    Research Interests

    • Paleocenaography and Paleoclimatology
    • Marine Geology, Sedimentology 
    • Oxygen Minimum Marine Environments
    • Micropaleontology; Benthic Foraminifera

      Pistoncore sampling during NICO Leg 7. Credit: W.Hooijmans



      • 2019 Dutch R/V Pelagia, 64PE450 Namibia expedition, Sediment sampling
      • 2019 Dutch R/V Pelagia, 64PE449 FUNAMOX Expedition, Namibia, Sediment sampling
      • 2018 Dutch R/V Pelagia, NICO Expedition Leg 7, Gulf of Mexico, Sediment sampling
      • 2013 German R/V Meteor Leg 94, Caribbean Sea, Geological studies (sediment sampling)
      • 2010 & 2011 ICDP: PALEOVAN Field work (Lake Van, Turkey) & Laboratory (Bremen, Germany)
      • 2010 Italian R/V Urania, Geophysical and Geological studies in Sea of Marmara
      • 2010 German R/V M.S.Merian Leg15/1, Bosphorus Outlet Area Black Sea, Geological studies (sediment sampling) (HYPOX)
      • 2010 Turkish R/V Yunus EC ESONET Sea of Marmara Demo Mission
      • 2009 Turkish R/V Arar, Bosphorus Outlet Area Black Sea, Geological and Geophysical Studies (HYPOX)



      Linked blogs

      Tuesday 26 February 2019
      NIOZ@SEA | 64PE450
      Along the southwestern African continental margin off Namibia and Angola coral mound provinces were found during the Meteor (ANNA) cruise in 2016. While the corals in the south along the Namibian margin were mostly fossil frame structures, the corals…
      Tuesday 26 February 2019
      NIOZ@SEA | FUNAMOX expedition in the southeast Atlantic
      Off the coast of southwest Africa, currents force cold deep waters full of essential elements required for ocean life to the surface. This so-called upwelling has enormous impacts on the chemistry and biology of the water and sediment. We are sailing…

      NIOZ publications

      • 2018
        Glock, N.; Erdem, Z.; Wallmann, K.; Somes, C.J.; Liebetrau, V.; Schönfeld, J.; Gorb, S.; Eisenhauer, A. (2018). Coupling of oceanic carbon and nitrogen facilitates spatially resolved quantitative reconstruction of nitrate inventories. Nature Comm. 9(1): 10 pp.
        Rush, D.; Erdem, Z. (2018). Cruise 64PE434: NICO Leg 7 GoMex: R/V Pelagia, 11-03-2018 to 04-04-2018, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten – Nassau, Bahamas. NIOZ: Texel. 63 pp.
      • 2017
        Erdem, Z.; Schönfeld, J. (2017). Pleistocene to Holocene benthic foraminiferal assemblages from the Peruvian continental margin. Palaeontologia Electronica 20(2): 35A.
      • 2016
        Doering, K.; Erdem, Z.; Ehlert, C.; Fleury, S.; Frank, M.; Schneider, R. (2016). Changes in diatom productivity and upwelling intensity off Peru since the Last Glacial Maximum: Response to basin-scale atmospheric and oceanic forcing. Paleoceanography 31: 1453–1473.

      Linked projects

      ERC Long chain diols as novel organic proxies for paleoclimate reconstructions
      Stefan Schouten
      European Community || European Research Council
      Project duration
      2 Jan 2014 - 1 Apr 2021