''Learning about the history of the Earth and the changes that have influenced the climate and life on our planet, has given me both a more focused and broader view on the system Earth''
Tom Giltaij (student ambassador 2018-2019)
The Master’s programme Earth, Life and Climate has stimulated my interest in palaeontology. Learning about the history of the Earth and the changes that have influenced the climate and life on our planet, has given me both a more focused and broader view on the system Earth. Teachers are always willing to help you or give you advice on career choices, and provide different projects coordinated by them to work on.
"You can see that a masters in Earth, Life and Climate comes in handy"
Alumna Janja de Jonge, Exploration Geoscientist at Shell
"I always hesitated between being a Biologist or a Geologist so when I heard about the masters Biogeology (now called Earth, Life and Climate) I knew that this was exactly what I wanted to do. As part of my masters I did a 6 month assessed internship in Shell. The aim of my project was to investigate the detailed paleoenvironmental aspects and variability of Cenomanian/ Turonian (100.5-89.8Ma) source rocks and to identify possible ways to predict the distribution and quality. To reach this goal I used Gross Depositional Environment maps which I rotated back to their correct plate configuration, allowing contextual evaluation e.g. depositional facies belts, paleolatitude etc. To get an impression if the indicated source areas were correct I did a literature study and imported source rock property data from several databases. To complement my findings I also looked at several paleoclimate models, plotted the data on the maps and interpreted the trends.
The presence and variability of source rocks is a key element in conventional and unconventional petroleum systems which are of great importance to the Oil Industry. As source rocks consist of organic rich sediments containing a mix of microfossils and are deposited in a variety of environments related to climate variability you can see that a masters in Earth, Life and Climate comes in handy. I finished my master 2013 and currently work for Shell as an Exploration Geoscientist in the New Play Development team. For the last year I worked on Biogenic Gas which as the name already implies is again related to Biogeology. Next I intend to further develop wider exploration skills like seismic interpretation."
"It's really cool to apply all the stuff that you learn during the first year in a large research project"
Alumnus Gideon Bleumink