Paleomagnetic Laboratory

Fort Hoofddijk
Fort Hoofddijk in the Botanical Gardens of Utrecht University.

The Paleomagnetic Laboratory is located in the Fort Hoofddijk in the Botanical Gardens of Utrecht University. Please see below for research, equipment, publications and more.


The research of the Fort Hoofddijk Paleomagnetic Laboratory cover nearly all fields of paleomagnetism. An important expertise of the research group is building high resolution and accurate time scales, using magnetostratigraphy and cyclostratigraphy (and astrochronology), based on correlation to astronomical solutions of past changes in the Earth’s orbit and rotation.

Another major topic is the acquisition of reliable and detailed records of the geomagnetic field at all time scales, which serves to understand the past magnetic field of our planet Earth. This work includes paleointentsity and paleosecular variation studies – from recent periods (archaeomagnetism),  during periods when the field did not reverse (superchrons) -  to properties of the earliest field more than 3 billions of years ago. This field includes understanding how the ancient field was acquired in the remanent magnetization in different types of rocks (rock magnetism).

Another key interest concerns geodynamic/tectonic studies, at different spatial and temporal scales and on several continents, but with an emphasis on the Alpine-Himalayan mountain belt. This includes the Mediterranean, Paratethys and Himalayan areas as one of the most active tectonic regions in the world.


For a complete list of publications, pleae see the external publication page.


For a complete overview of current and past staff, pleae see the external staff page.

Fort Seminars

For a complete overview of upcoming and past Fort Seminars, please see the external Seminars page.