NESSC researcher Margot Cramwinckel, one of our PhD students, was interviewed about her research for an article in NRC Handelsblad (May 2nd 2015).
The article discusses the paradoxes in climate research: the science is new and innovative, but old methods like identifying fossils of single-celled plankton are needed. Margot is studying and drawing those so-called dinoflagellates very carefully to get to know them – you need those fossils to reconstruct the climate of millions of years ago. Money is available for climate research, but it’s hard to find funding to create a dinoflagellate catalog. Luckily (and ironically), dinoflagellates are also interesting for the oil-industry, which therefore funds some of the ongoing climate research.
Read the full article here (in Dutch).