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Prof. dr. Henk Brinkhuis is general director of Royal NIOZ. He develops and implements the general and science policies for the institute and is responsible for the day to day management.
He took office as general director on October 1, 2011. He is also part-time professor in Marine Palynology en Paleoecology at Utrecht University. He earned a master's degree in marine geology and biostratigraphy/paleoceanography from Utrecht University, with a major subject in organic geochemistry at Delft Technical University. He received his doctorate in Eocene-Oligocene marine palynology, paleoecology and paleoceanography from Utrecht University, where he will continue his chair in Marine Palynology and Paleoecology.
Henk has a strong taste for Phanerozoic extreme climate change, (paleo)oceanography and (paleo)ecology. He (co-)authored over 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications and (co-)supervised over 25 PhD students. As a Dutch national representative, Henk is strongly involved in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). He helped form many integrated national and international scientific education programs in paleoclimatology and –ecology, and served on numerous scientific advisory panels and committees.