Henk Brinkhuis was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1959. He received an M.S. degree in geology, specializing in marine palynology (dinoflagellate cysts), marine geology, and organic geochemistry at Utrecht University in 1985. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1992 with a thesis on “Paleogene Mediterranean dinoflagellate cysts and paleoceanography.” He set up the LPP Foundation performing consulting and research activities for international oil and gas exploration companies, based in Utrecht. He was the Managing Director/senior scientist of this group between 1988 and 1997. In 1996, he returned to academics (UU) as an Associate Professor and started a marine palynology group within LPP. After becoming appointed as a Research Professor in marine palaeobiology within the group of Palaeoecology in 2007, he was recently appointed as a Full Professor with his own group, biomarine sciences, as per January 2010. Activities also included participation with key ocean drilling expeditions, for example, ODP Leg 189 Tasmanian Gateway (2000), IODP Expedition 302 Arctic Ocean (2004), and IODP Expedition 318 Wilkes Land, Antarctica, as a cochief scientist (2010). He is interested in paleoclimatology, paleoceanography (notably Mesozoic and Cenozoic warm climates), and the paleoecology and biogeochemistry of fossil and modern plankton in general. He has been currently the IODP-SSEP Cochair and representative for ECORD countries (since 2009) and the Codirector of the IODP/ECORD Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP; since 2004), and he has been a Member of the ERICON-AB Science Advisory Panel (since 2010). He serves on several Editorial Boards of scientific journals, including Palaeoceanography (Assistant Editor) and Marine Micropaleontology.
Biography Updated on 26 February 2010