Organic geochemists use a molecular approach to investigate the origin and fate of organic matter in the bio- and geosphere. In Utrecht, the focus is on land-ocean organic carbon transport, paleoclimate reconstructions, proxy development, and ecosystem processes. We study the relationships between the occurrence, distribution, and/or isotopic composition of specific molecules, so-called biomarkers, and environmental parameters in modern systems. These relationships are subsequently used as proxies to reconstruct environmental changes in the past.
Further information can be found on the Netherlands Earth System Science Centre website.