Employee information:

Name: Jan Berend Stuut
Department: Ocean Systems Sciences (OCS)
Email: Jan-Berend.Stuut(at)nioz.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)222 369 405
Current project(s): DustTraffic


Samples from Australia; the colours are an indication of their compositionLatest news

 One of the dust-collection buoys in action at sea

Research Interests

Aeolian dust is the main research topic I have been working on since my PhD;

My approach is a sedimentological one: the wind is a very selective transport mechanism that has a strong impact on the material it carries from source to sink, and on its particle-size distributions: coarse particles won't be picked up & fine particles will be kept in suspension

Therefore, wind-blown deposits have a very-well sorted size distribution that decreases from proximal (close to the source) to distal (far away from the source).

If we can recognize and quantify wind-blown particles in deep-sea sediments (and obviously we claim that we can) they can tell us something about the environmental conditions in the source area at the time of deposition.

Also, the deposited dust may have all kinds of consequences for the marine environment, like e.g., the fertilization hypothesis: can mineral dust change global climate?

In addition I try to find support for the inferences made on the physical properties using (bio)geochemical and mineralogical proxies.

This approach resulted in a number of papers that you'll find listed below.

For more information please visit my website at www.stuut.tv

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Curriculum Vitae


Senior scientist at NIOZ (75%) and at MARUM (25%)


Research scientist (tenure track) at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Den Burg, the Netherlands. Affiliated with MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen, Germany; through a part-time contract


Post-doctoral researcher at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen, Germany. NEBROC; Netherlands Bremen Oceanography bilateral collaboration project;


Post-doctoral researcher at the Research Center Ocean Margins (RCOM), Bremen, Germany; Sedimentation processes on the Chilean continental margin


Lab assistant in the Sedimentology lab of Martin Konert at the VU, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


PhD project: Late Quaternary Southwestern African terrestrial-climate signals in the marine record of Walvis Ridge, SE Atlantic Ocean
at both Utrecht University (50%) and NIOZ (50%)

Jan-August 1994

Erasmus internship in the Laboratory for Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography of Prof. G. Ferentinos, Patras, Greece; Slope stability on the Aegean continental slope between Pelopponnesos and Crete


Undergraduate studies: Geology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Major topic: Marine Geology / Sedimentology with research projects on grain-size analyses of deep-marine sediments from the Indian- and South-Atlantic Oceans to reconstruct the environmental history of the sources of dust for those ocean basins;

Minor topics: Hydrogeology, VU, Amsterdam                                           Seismology, Utrecht University

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 Happy fieldwork

Peer-reviewed publications

Below you'll find an automatically generated list per year from 2011 on, for my papers published before 2011, please refer to my Google Scholar ID , ResearchGate ID , ResearcherID


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  • Pear reviewed article Friese, C.A.; van der Does, M.; Merkel, U.; Iversen, M.H.; Fischer, G.; Stuut, J-B W. (2016). Environmental factors controlling the seasonal variability in particle sizedistribution of modern Saharan dust deposited off Cape Blanc. Aeolian Research 22: 165–179. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aeolia.2016.04.005 link to complete reference
  • Pear reviewed article McKay, C.L.; Filipsson, H.L.; Romero, O.E.; Stuut, J.-B. W.; Bjorck, S. (2016). The interplay between the surface and bottom water environment within the Benguela Upwelling System over the last 70 ka. Paleoceanography 31(2): 266–285. dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015PA002792 link to complete reference
  • Pear reviewed article van der Does, M.; Korte, L.F.; Munday, C.I.; Brummer, G.-J. A.; Stuut, J-B W. (2016). Particle size traces modern Saharan dust transport and deposition across the equatorial North Atlantic. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16: 13697–13710. dx.doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-13697-2016 link to complete reference
  • Pear reviewed article Carreira, C; Piel, T; Staal, M.; Stuut, J.-B; Middelboe, M.; Brussaard, C.P.D. (2015). Microscale spatial distributions of microbes and viruses in intertidal photosynthetic microbial mats. SpringerPlus 4: 239. dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40064-015-0977-8 link to complete reference
  • Pear reviewed article De Deckker, P.; Munday, C.I.; Brocks, J.; O'Loingsigh, T.; Allison, G.E.; Hope, J.; Norman, M.; Stuut, J.-B.; Tapper, N.J.; van der Kaars, S. (2014). Characterisation of the major dust storm that traversed over eastern Australia in September 2009; a multidisciplinary approach. Aeolian Research 15: 133-149. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aeolia.2014.07.003 link to complete reference
  • Pear reviewed article Deplazes, G.; Lückge, A.; Stuut, J.-B.; Pätzold, J.; Kuhlmann, H.; Husson, D.; Fant, M.; Haug, G.H. (2014). Weakening and strengthening of the Indian monsoon during Heinrich events and Dansgaard-Oeschger oscillations. Paleoceanography 29(2): 99-114. dx.doi.org/10.1002/2013PA002509 link to complete reference
  • Pear reviewed article Just, J.; Schefuß, E.; Kuhlmann, H.; Stuut, J.B.W.; Pätzold, J. (2014). Climate induced sub-basin source-area shifts of Zambezi River sediments over the past 17 ka. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 410: 190-199. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.05.045 link to complete reference
  • Knippertz, P.; Stuut, J.-B. (2014). Introduction, in: Knippertz, P. et al. Mineral Dust : A Key Player in the Earth System. pp. 1-14. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-94-017-8978-3_1 link to complete reference
  • Knippertz, P.; Stuut, J.-B. (2014). Mineral Dust : A Key Player in the Earth System. Springer: Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London. ISBN 9789401789783. I-XXV; 1-509 pp. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-94-017-8978-3 link to complete reference
  • Pear reviewed article Snik, F.; Rietjens, J.H.H.; Apituley, A.; Volten, H.; Mijling, B.; Di Noia, A.; Heikamp, S.; Heinsbroek, R.C.; Hasekamp, O.P.; Smit. , J.M.; Vonk, J.; Stam, D.M.; van Harten, G.; de Boer, J.; Keller, C.U.; iSPEX citizen scientists; Stuut, J.B.W.; Wernand, M.R.; Philippart, C.J.M. (2014). Mapping atmospheric aerosols with a citizen science network of smartphone spectropolarimeters. Geophys. Res. Lett. 41(20): 7351–7358. hdl.handle.net/10.1002/2014GL061462 link to complete reference
  • Stuut, J.-B. (2014). Subaquatic Dust Deposits, in: Knippertz, P. et al. Mineral Dust : A Key Player in the Earth System. pp. 443-462. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-94-017-8978-3_17 link to complete reference
  • Pear reviewed article Stuut, J.-B.W.; Temmesfeld, F.; De Deckker, P. (2014). A 550 ka record of aeolian activity near North West Cape, Australia: inferences from grain-size distributions and bulk chemistry of SE Indian Ocean deep-sea sediments. Quat. Sci. Rev. 83: 83-94. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.11.003 link to complete reference