PhD course: Molecular Organic Biogeochemistry



Group photo of this course’s participants


Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel
2-6 November 2015

Instructors: Stefan Schouten, Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, Ellen Hopmans, Marcel
van der Meer and others.

Organic (bio)geochemistry has become an increasingly expanding and diverse
scientific field with important applications in paleoclimatology and microbiology.
This course is intended for PhD-students and postdocs with an interest in organic
geochemistry or who want to use molecular organic geochemical tools in their
field of study. The course lasts for a week (Monday morning thru Friday
afternoon) and consists of three parts: the early mornings and afternoons are filled
with lectures on a range of topics in molecular organic biogeochemistry. The late
mornings will be used for practical demonstrations of analytical equipment and
data interpretations. The afternoons will finish with short student presentations.

Topics covered in this course include:
– Analytical techniques (GC, HPLC, MS, irMS)
– Compound specific stable carbon and hydrogen isotope analysis
– Biomarker lipids and molecular phylogeny
– Organic proxies in paleoclimatology and paleoceanography
– Intact polar lipids

The course is partly funded by the NESSC ( and thus students who
are part of the NESSC consortium will have priority. Breakfast and lunches are
provided as well as lodging in the Potvis (shared rooms).

To subscribe, send an E-mail with personal information, affiliation, fields of
interest and motivation to follow the course to Dr. Stefan Schouten
( before July 1st, 2015.