Supervising/supporting my colleagues Laura and Michelle with finishing their PhDs.
Blogs of past cruises:
January 2018: Catarina, Laura, and me (R2L) at the biological station of the University of Chile in Las Cruces where the PAGES-DICE workshop on dust was organised. (#lovemyjob)
January 2018: during the NICO expedition, leg 2 (Gran Canaria - Curaçao) on board RV Pelagia, dust was sampled, and plenty of it! In this animated gif you can see several outbreaks of Saharan dust.
Laura Schreuder published her first study on the biomarkers in Saharan dust in “Organic Geochemistry” . Well done Laura, here’s to many more dusty papers!
Ute Merkel and me organised the 4th German “dust day”(Staubtag) at the MARUM in Bremen on 22 November 2017
August 2017: cruise M140 on board FS Meteor took us from Cape Verde to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and gave us the opportunity to visit and service the sampling of Saharan dust with both marine sediment traps and dust-collecting buoys. See the NIOZ website for a blog
A first for Catarina: her first dusty manuscript was accepted as a discussion-paper in the EGU open-access journal Biogeochemistry Cheers Catarina, here’s to many more!!
October 2017: Catarinas first dusty paper is out: accepted as “full” paper in Biogeochemistry
The end-member approach proved its value once more; with it we managed to tease apart not only aeolian dust from fluvial mud but also turbidites that have their own grain-size signature! You can read all about it in the paper that came out this week in EPSL.
A first for Laura: her first paper came out in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics! Cheers Laura, here’s to many more!!
May 2017: Carmen successfully defended her PhD thesis at the MARUM, Bremen, Germany, on 2 May. Congratulations DOCTOR Friese!! Here she is proudly wearing her personalized cape and Dr’s Hat.
April 2017: During this year’s EGU meeting Peter Knippertz, Jo Nield, Tobias Lauer, and me organised a PICO session on dust, which was a great success!! Here you see colleagues lining up for their 2 minutes of fame in the 2-minute madness in which they pitched their presentation. Next year we’ll organise the session again and then celebrate it’s 15th anniversary during EGU2018.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Kenniscafé Amsterdam organised an interactive evening about the sea and invited me to come and talk about dust. An offer I couldn’t refuse.....
Next to a few radio items, Gemma Venhuizen also wrote a really nice piece in the national newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
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
August 2015: It was decided to present all this dusty knowledge in a series of online lectures, which you can attendÂ 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....
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.....
January 2014: the Texelse Natuurstruners came to visit again! This time we did a lot of COOL experiments with ice.....
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
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.
9 January 2013; the “Nature lovers IVN Texel” have invited me to come talk about dust; an invitation I don’t usually turn down!
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!!!
March 2012: 18 Texelse (natuur-)Struners came by to learn all about (not only sea-)water.
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....
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...