Next to a very magnetic rock on El Hierro, Canary Islands.

I’m currently a PhD candidate at Utrecht University and VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The aim of my project is to generate full-vector geomagnetic field records, i.e. to determine both the direction and intensity of the Earth’s magnetic field as a function of geological time, in my case the past 500,000 years.

To do this, I go to sunny (if I’m lucky) islands in the Mediterranean and the Canaries and take samples of volcanic rocks that store the direction and intensity of the magnetic field at the moment of the eruption. My project consists partly of palaeomagnetism at Fort Hoofddijk in Utrecht and partly of dating young volcanic rocks at VU University Amsterdam.

I’m rather fond of programming, especially when it saves me a lot of time and frustration. My ‘pet project’ MSP-Tool started out as a functional but ugly and not very user-friendly bit of Scilab code I wrote during my MSc project to analyse multispecimen palaeointensity data. When I started working with VBA for a different project, I decided to translate MSP-Tool to VBA. This much prettier and much more user-friendly Excel workbook should be available later this year, after the associated paper has been reviewed. Some of my other pet projects can be found here.

Apart from geophysics, I’m also very interested in history, especially ancient and military history. I obtained my BA degree in History from Leiden University in 2010 and wrote my thesis about the Spartan syssitia. I’m currently binge-reading on The Wars of the Roses (and very happy I’m alive here and now, and not in 15th century England…).

...and I adore my horse Tilibria.
…and I adore my horse Tilibria. Photo by Anne-photo.com.

Contact details:

Utrecht University
Paleomagnetic Laboratory ‘Fort Hoofddijk’
Budapestlaan 17
3584 CD  Utrecht

VU University Amsterdam
Cluster Geology and Geochemistry
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV  Amsterdam

Drilling samples at El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain.
Drilling samples at El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain.