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Next to the daily madness here are some things that keep me busy at the moment:

  • Carmen Friese will defend her PhD thesis on  2 May 2017 at the Faculty of Geosciences in Bremen, Germany!
  • My visit to Japan, where I scanned a loooooong sediment core, which I’m trying to condense into a paper,
  • Turning samples that we collected during our last cruise on board RRS James Cook into data,
  • Reviving the ISAR Newsletter,
  • Organising the 14th dust session for EGU2017,
  • Editorial work for the journals Aeolian Research and Quaternary International,
  • Supervising/supporting my colleagues Carmen, Laura and Michelle with finishing their PhDs.

Blogs of past cruises:


March 2017: Jiawang Lu’s paper was published in Quaternary Science Reviews.


March 2017: The joint committee on Science and Technology of South Africa and the Netherlands met in The Hague to explore ideas and challenges on potential collaboration.


February 2017: Carmen’s manuscript was accepted as a discussion paper in EGU’s open-access Journal  ‘Atmospheric Chemistry & Phyics’.


February 2017: Dust-collecting buoy Carmen had “escaped” last summer and we went back to her original position off Cape Blanc to re-deploy her. She’s now happily collecting Saharan dust again and we’ll harvest the samples during upcoming cruise M140 in August this year.

I feel like a giant in this country!

October 2016: The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science granted me some money to come to Japan and work with Kana Nagashima and Prof Murayama on ODP cores. This photo was taken in Kamakura; as you can see I’m enjoying every minute of my time here!

Buoy Carmen on deck of FS Meteor

Oops, she did it again.... Buoy Carmen was cut loose from her anchor off Cape Blanc. This time the FS Meteor with chief scientist Marcus Dengler came to the rescue and picked her up.

Jan van den Berg doing his thing

Lange Juni, a cultural and art festival on the island, introduced the term ”Science-theater” for which we invited Jan van den Berg to come play his piece Oase about desert sand.

Best dressed man in town....

Kenniscafé Amsterdam organised an interactive evening about the sea and invited me to come and talk about dust. An offer I couldn’t refuse.....

Gooseneck barnacles: yummy

Next to a few radio items, Gemma Venhuizen also wrote a really nice piece in the national newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Nice colour setting too!

During cruise JC134 we had another journalist with us: Gemma Venhuizen. She made a few nice radio items, which you find here.

November 2015: The ITS Academy wanted to learn about the state-of-the-art of marine research and organised an afternoon of talks and practical lab work at the VU Amsterdam. My intention was to get to know potential teachers that would join our next cruise: JC134

Interactive video class
Cool dusty t-shirts

August 2015: It was decided to present all this dusty knowledge in a series of online lectures, which you can attend here.

In preparation for our 2015 DUSTTRAFFIC cruise onboard RV Pelagia, some pupils of the Texel high school learned all about the environmental impacts of dust deposition while decorating foam cups that we were going to lower to 5000m. They had to guess what would happen to the cups....

Ware Wetenschap - True Science
Trying to interest high-school kids for marine sciences

The Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant selected 12 lines of scientific research they were going to report on for an extended period: here is one of their nice pieces on our dusty research.

Also the invitation to come and talk for a KIJK-Live event, in the Beurs van Berlage, I could not resist.....

KIJK - popular science
Doing cool stuff with ice

January 2014: the Texelse Natuurstruners came to visit again! This time we did a lot of COOL experiments with ice.....

Ronald Veldhuizen was certainly thrilled by dust

Summer 2013: Ronald Veldhuizen joined our cruise DUSTTRAFFIC II and wrote quite a lot of nice pieces about it! Here is one of those articles he wrote for the website  Wetenschap24

Great colleagues from the INDP

August 2013: (prototype) buoy Carmen had escaped from its anchor. Fortunately, our colleagues from INDP in Mindelo came to the rescue and picked Carmen up. Although there were a lot of known initial problems, the dust collection went quite all right and we harvested some nice dusty filters!

The fellows of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences would like to hear about my ERC plans.

An ERC grant opens doors...
Praatje IVN Texel

9 January 2013; the “Nature lovers IVN Texel” have invited me to come talk about dust; an invitation I don’t usually turn down!

Michelle and me could talk for hours about dust....

Don’t miss this week’s FLEX lecture at the VU; Michelle and me will tell all our adventures we had on board FS Meteor during cruise M89!!


May 2012: Yay, I got both the NWO- and ERC grants to monitor Saharan dust across the Atlantic!!!

Michelle and me could talk for hours about dust....

March 2012: 18 Texelse (natuur-)Struners came by to learn all about (not only sea-)water.

Five minutes is NOT a lot....

The June 2011 edition of “Bessensap”, where media meet scientists was a fun experience and a big challenge: how to pitch your research in the difficult balance between simplicity and truth. This all in five minutes....

Michelle and me could talk for hours about dust....

February 2011: The public lecture on dust in Science Cafe Deventer was great fun! Excellent to notice how many people are actually interested in science; the house was full!
....or maybe the band was that good...