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Appy Sluijs

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Hoogleraar UU
Atmospheric sciences
Palaeontology, stratigraphy
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Universiteit Utrecht
Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences, Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology
Budapestlaan 4
3584 CD   Utrecht
tel.   030 253 2638
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Appy Sluijs (1980) investigates the relationship between CO2 and the Earth's climate.

Appy Sluijs is the Professor of Paleoceanography at the Earth Sciences Department and co-chair of the research group Marine Palynology and Paleoceanography, at Utrecht University. Sluijs studied biology and biogeology in Utrecht and at the University of California at Santa Cruz, USA,. In 2006 he obtained his Ph.D. cum laude in Utrecht. Subsequently he received a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO), and was appointed to a tenure Assistant Professor position from January 2010. In 2010, he received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council. We was appointed as full professor in May 2014. His group carries out research on the full range of marine sciences, in close collaboration with researchers in Utrecht, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and a large international suite of institutes.

Sluijs was a (board) member of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009 - 2014). In 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Scientists Award of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). He was the youngest scientist ever to receive this prestigious award. in 2010, he also received the prestigious Vening Meinesz Prize for young geoscientists and the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sciences. He is an editor of the open access journal Climate of the Past, published by the European Geosciences Union.

“My primary research interests include climate and ecological change in the geological past. My research particularly focuses on reconstructing temperature, marine ecology, hydrology, biogeochemical cycles and sea level during periods that were characterized by rapidly increasing, or generally high concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere. Together with students and colleagues, I combine micropaleontological and geochemical (both inorganic and organic) techniques to quantify and understand the functioning of planet Earth under ‘greenhouse’ conditions. The results provide the ultimate tool to test the performance of climate and biogeochemical models under such conditions. More recently, I have started to work on the biogeology of an important but understudied group of marine protists, dinoflagellates. The biogeochemistry of dinoflagellates and their fossil remains (dinocysts) is dependent on sea water CO2 concentrations and pH; a relation we aim to develop into a proxy to reconstruct marine carbon cycling and ocean acidification in the geological past.”

Sluijs, Prof. dr. A. (Appy)
  • Climate, Climate Change, Paleoclimate, carbon cycle, Ocean acidification, microfossils, geochemistry, biomarine sciences



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