dr. Frits Hilgen
F.J.Hilgen@uu.nl
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I was trained as a stratigrapher / micropaleontologist in Utrecht and finished my MSc in 1984. However, I soon ended up as an integrated stratigrapher with the intention to combine the various disciplines of stratigraphy, and beyond, to reconstruct Earth System history in increasing detail. I do this in particular through constructing high-resolution astronomical-tuned time scales with their unprecedented accuracy, precision and resolution. During my PhD I established such a time scale for the Mediterranean Pliocene in close collaboration with Jan-Willem Zachariasse, and Hans Zijderveld and Cor Langereis of the Paleomagnetic Laboratory Fort Hoofddijk (Photo 1).

As a postdoctoral “Akademie” fellow, I continued in Utrecht to work with Jan-Willem, Cor, Lucas Lourens and Wout Krijgsman on the elaboration and extension of this time scale into the Miocene (Photo 2). We also started to work on continental successions in the Mediterranean, initially in Greece, as part of the COMCOM-project (Photo 3) and later in Spain with Hayfaa Adul Aziz and Hemmo Abels as PhDs (Photo 4). The construction and application of the astronomical time scales proved of great importance among others for reconstructing 1) the history of the Messinian Salinity crisis, 2) astronomical-induced climate changes as recorded in marine and continental archives and 3) the intercalibration with radio-isotopic dating (with Paul Renne, Jan Wijbrans and Klaudia Kuiper).

I was secretary and chair of the Subcommission on Neogene Stratigraphy (SNS) of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) from 1998 till 2012. I contributed to the formal definition of many stage boundaries (GSSPs), which are now formally defined in astronomically tuned deep marine sections in the Mediterranean. I am further part of the Subcommission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the ICS.

As coordinator, I participated in the EU-Marie Curie - Initial Training Network (ITN) GTSnext, the European contribution to International Earthtime initiative. In this network, we brought for the first time leading experts in Europe on U/Pb, Ar/Ar and astronomical dating together with the aim to intercalibrate these independent numerical dating methods and to significantly improve the Geological Time Scale of the last 100 millions of years. The intercalibration of Ar/Ar and astronomical dating resulted in an astronomically calibrated age for the Fish Canyon sanidine, the most widely used standard in Ar/Ar dating. This age and the resultant astronomical age of 65.97 Ma for the Cretaceous/Paleogene (K/Pg) boundary are incorporated in GTS2012, although this - controversial - issue is not yet solved.

During the last decade, my research interest in the astronomical climate control on continental sedimentary environments switched from the Mediterranean to North America where, again with Hayfaa Abdul Aziz and Hemmo Abels, I focused in close collaboration with Phil Gingerich and Mary Kraus on the fluvial successions of the Eocene Willwood Formation in the Bighorn Basin (Photo 5). This study expanded to include the Fort Union Fm in Montana and the Hoseshoe Canyon Fm in Alberta, Canada, partly within the framework of GTSnext. We now continue to work in Montana (Photo 6) within the framework of the VIDI project of Klaudia Kuiper with Lars Noorbergen as PhD.

Finally, after almost one decade, I am working again on the Messinian Salinity Crisis with Maria Tulbure as PhD, this time within the framework of the EU-Marie Curie ITN Medgate. At this time it looks like that the astronomical theory of climate is very generally accepted in view of a postcard with astronomical target curves from Tremiti Island, Italy (Photo 7) and the opening of an Astronomical Polarity Time Scale hotel on Crete (Photo 8).

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
Integrated stratigraphy
Geological Time Scales

Photo 1. Carbonate-marls rhythms in the Pliocene Punta di Maiata section of the Rossello composite on Sicily

Photo 2. Sapropels in the Gibliscemi section on Sicily.

Photo 3. Precession related in the Pliocene continental succession of Ptolemais.

Photo 4. Precession related cycles in the lacustrine succession of Orera (Miocene, Spain).

Photo 5. Eocene reddish paleosols in the PETM of the Polecat Bench section suggesting a precessional control.

Photo 6. Coal alternations in the Tullock Mb of the Fort Union, Bug Creek, Montana. The K/Pg boundary is at the base of the first coaly layer.

Photo 7. Tremiti Islands postcard with astronomical target curve.

Photo 8. APTS hotel on Crete.

Photo 9. Part of the Messadit section in Morocco used for the intercalibration with Ar/Ar dating, showing cycles and a prominent white ashbed.

Photo 10. Top part of the Danian Limestone at Zumaia used for tuning and showing cycle hierarchy
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  2018 - Scholarly publications
Andrić, Nevena, Matenco, Liviu, Hilgen, Frits & de Bresser, Hans (31.01.2018). Structural controls on sedimentation during asymmetric extension - The case of Sorbas Basin (SE Spain). Global and Planetary Change, online first.
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Capella, W., Hernández-Molina, F. J., Flecker, R., Hilgen, F. J., Hssain, M., Kouwenhoven, T. J., van Oorschot, M., Sierro, F. J., Stow, D. A.V., Trabucho-Alexandre, J., Tulbure, M. A., de Weger, W., Yousfi, M. Z. & Krijgsman, W. (15.06.2017). Sandy contourite drift in the late Miocene Rifian Corridor (Morocco) - Reconstruction of depositional environments in a foreland-basin seaway. Sedimentary Geology, 355, (pp. 31-57) (27 p.).
Liebrand, Diederik, de Bakker, Anouk T M, Beddow, Helen M, Wilson, Paul A, Bohaty, Steven M, Ruessink, Gerben, Pälike, Heiko, Batenburg, Sietske J, Hilgen, Frederik J, Hodell, David A, Huck, Claire E, Kroon, Dick, Raffi, Isabella, Saes, Mischa J M, van Dijk, Arnold E & Lourens, Lucas J (11.04.2017). Evolution of the early Antarctic ice ages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (15), (pp. 3867–3872) (6 p.).
Marshall, Nathan, Zeeden, Christiaan, Hilgen, Frederik & Krijgsman, Wout (15.08.2017). Milankovitch cycles in an equatorial delta from the Miocene of Borneo. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 472, (pp. 229-240).
Noorbergen, Lars J., Abels, Hemmo A., Hilgen, Frits J., Robson, Brittany E., de Jong, Edwin, Dekkers, Mark J., Krijgsman, Wout, Smit, Jan, Collinson, Margaret E. & Kuiper, Klaudia F. (26.07.2017). Conceptual models for short-eccentricity-scale climate control on peat formation in a lower Palaeocene fluvial system, north-eastern Montana (USA). Sedimentology, online first.
Simon, Dirk, Marzocchi, Alice, Flecker, Rachel, Lunt, Daniel J., Hilgen, Frits J. & Meijer, Paul Th. (15.08.2017). Quantifying the Mediterranean freshwater budget throughout the late Miocene - New implications for sapropel formation and the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 472, (pp. 25-37) (13 p.).
Tulbure, M.A., Capella, W., Barhoun, N., Flores, J.-A., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Kouwenhoven, T., Sierro, Francisco J. & Yousfi, Mohamed Zakaria (01.11.2017). Age refinement and basin evolution of the North Rifian Corridor (Morocco) - No evidence for a marine connection during the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 485, (pp. 416-432).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Batenburg, Sietske J., De Vleeschouwer, David, Sprovieri, Mario, Hilgen, Frederik J., Gale, Andrew S., Singer, Brad S., Koeberl, Christian, Coccioni, Rodolfo, Claeys, Philippe & Montanari, Alessandro (19.10.2016). Orbital control on the timing of oceanic anoxia in the Late Cretaceous. Climate of the Past, 12 (10), (pp. 1995-2009).
da Silva, Anne-Christine, Hladil, J., Chadimová, L., Slavík, L., Hilgen, F.J., Bábek, O. & Dekkers, M.J. (01.12.2016). Refining the Early Devonian time scale using Milankovitch cyclicity in Lochkovian–Pragian sediments (Prague Synform, Czech Republic). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 455, (pp. 125-139).
Lauretano, V., Hilgen, F. J., Zachos, J. C. & Lourens, L. J. (2016). Astronomically tuned age model for the early Eocene carbon isotope events - A new high-resolution δ13Cbenthic record of ODP Site 1263 between ~ 49 and ~ 54 Ma. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 49 (2), (pp. 383-400) (18 p.).
Liebrand, Diederick, Beddow, Helen M., Lourens, L.J., Pälike, H., Raffi, I., Bohaty, S.M., Hilgen, F.J., Saes, M.J.M., Wilson, P.A., van Dijk, A.E., Hodell, D.A., Kroon, D., Huck, C.E. & Batenburg, S.J. (15.09.2016). Cyclostratigraphy and eccentricity tuning of the early Oligocene through early Miocene (30.1–17.1 Ma): Cibicides mundulus stable oxygen and carbon isotope records from Walvis Ridge Site 1264. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 450, (pp. 392-405) (14 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Bosmans, J.H.C., Drijfhout, S.S., Tuenter, E., Hilgen, F.J. & Lourens, L.J. (01.01.2015). Response of the North African summer monsoon to precession and obliquity forcings in the EC-Earth GCM. Climate Dynamics, 44 (1-2), (pp. 279-297).
Bosmans, J.H.C., Drijfhout, Sybren, Tuenter, Erik, Hilgen, F.J., Lourens, L.J. & Rohling, E.J. (24.06.2015). Precession and obliquity forcing of the freshwater budget over the Mediterranean. Quaternary Science Reviews, 123, (pp. 16–30) (15 p.).
Bosmans, J.H.C., Hilgen, F.J., Tuenter, Erik & Lourens, L.J. (09.10.2015). Obliquity forcing of low-latitude climate. Climate of the Past, 11 (10), (pp. 1335-1346) (12 p.).
Flecker, Rachel, Krijgsman, Wout, Capella, Walter, de Castro Martins, Cesar, Dmitrieva, Evelina, Mayser, Jan Peter, Marzocchi, Alice, Modestu, Sevasti, Lozano, Diana Ochoa, Simon, Dirk, Tulbure, Maria, van den Berg, Bas, van der Schee, Marlies, de Lange, Gert, Ellam, Rob, Govers, Rob, Gutjahr, Marcus, Hilgen, Frits, Kouwenhoven, Tanja, Lofi, Johanna, Meijer, Paul, Sierro, Francisco J., Bachiri, Naima, Barhoun, Nadia, Chakor Alami, Abdelwahid, Chacon, Beatriz, Flores, Jose A., Gregory, John, Howard, James, Lunt, Dan, Ochoa, Maria, Pancost, Rich, Vincent, Stephen & Yousfi, Mohamed Zakaria (2015). Evolution of the Late Miocene Mediterranean-Atlantic gateways and their impact on regional and global environmental change. Earth-Science Reviews, 150, (pp. 365-392) (28 p.).
Hilgen, Frederik J, Hinnov, Linda A, Aziz, Hayfaa Abdul, Abels, Hemmo A, Batenburg, Sietske, Bosmans, Joyce HC, de Boer, Bas, Hüsing, Silja K, Kuiper, Klaudia F, Lourens, Lucas J & van de Wal, Roderik (2015). Stratigraphic continuity and fragmentary sedimentation: - the success of cyclostratigraphy as part of integrated stratigraphy. In D.G. Smith, R.J. Bailey, P.M. Burgess & A.J. Fraser (Eds.), Strata and Time: Probing the Gaps in Our Understanding (pp. 157-197) (42 p.). London: Geological Society.
Hilgen, Frits, Abels, Hemmo, Kuiper, Klaudia, Lourens, Lucas & Wolthers, Mariëtte (2015). Towards a stable astronomical time scale for the Paleocene - Aligning Shatsky Rise with the Zumaia – Walvis Ridge ODP Site 1262 composite. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 48 (1), (pp. 91-110) (20 p.).
Marzocchi, A., Lunt, D. J., Flecker, R., Bradshaw, C. D., Farnsworth, A. & Hilgen, F. J. (01.10.2015). Orbital control on late Miocene climate and the North African monsoon - Insight from an ensemble of sub-precessional simulations. Climate of the Past, 11 (10), (pp. 1271-1295) (25 p.).
van den Berg, B.C.J., Sierro, F. J., Hilgen, F. J., Flecker, R., Larrasoaña, J. C., Krijgsman, W., Flores, J. A., Mata, M. P., Bellido Martín, E., Civis, J. & González-Delgado, J. A. (01.12.2015). Astronomical tuning for the upper Messinian Spanish Atlantic margin - Disentangling basin evolution, climate cyclicity and MOW. Global and Planetary Change, 135, (pp. 89-103) (15 p.).
Zeeden, Christiaan, Meyers, Stephen R., Lourens, Lucas J. & Hilgen, Frederik J. (2015). Testing astronomically tuned age models. Paleoceanography, 30 (4), (pp. 369-383) (15 p.).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Batenburg, Sietske J., Gale, Andrew S., Sprovieri, Mario, Hilgen, Frederik J., Thibault, Nicolas, Boussaha, Myriam & Orue-Etxebaria, Xabier (01.03.2014). An astronomical time scale for the Maastrichtian based on the Zumaia and Sopelana sections (Basque country, northern Spain). Journal of the Geological Society, 171 (2), (pp. 165-180) (16 p.).
de Winter, Niels, Zeeden, C.J.R. & Hilgen, F.J. (2014). Low-latitude climate variability in the Heinrich frequency band of the Late Cretaceous greenhouse world. Climate of the Past, 10 (3), (pp. 1001-1015) (15 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Zeeden, C. & Lourens, L. (2014). Comment on Colleoni et al. (2012): Integrated stratigraphy and pitfalls of automated tuning. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 387 (1), (pp. 22-24) (3 p.).
Roveri, M., Flecker, R., Krijgsman, W., Lofi, J., Lugli, S., Manzi, V., Sierro, F.J., Bertini, A., Camerlenghi, A., de Lange, G., Govers, R., Hilgen, F.J., Hübscher, C., Meijer, P.Th. & Stoica, M. (2014). The Messinian Salinity Crisis: Past and future of a great challenge for marine sciences. Marine Geology, 352, (pp. 25-58) (34 p.).
Wotzlaw, Jörn Frederik, Hüsing, Silja K., Hilgen, Frederik J. & Schaltegger, Urs (01.12.2014). High-precision zircon U-Pb geochronology of astronomically dated volcanic ash beds from the Mediterranean Miocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 407, (pp. 19-34) (16 p.).
Zeeden, C., Hilgen, F.J., Hüsing, S.K. & Lourens, L.J. (2014). The Miocene astronomical time scale 9-12Ma: New constraints on tidal dissipation and their implications for paleoclimatic investigations. Paleoceanography, 29 (4), (pp. 296-307) (12 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Hesselbo, S.P., Bjerum, C.J., Hinnov, L.A., MacNiocaill, C., Miller, K.G., Riding, J.B., van de Schootbrugge, B., Abels, H.A., Belcher, C., Blau, J., Browning, J., Cartwright, J., Condon, D., Daines, S., Damborenea, S., Dickson, A., Fraguas, A., Hilgen, F., Hooker, J., Huang, C., Hüsing, S., Jenkyns, H., Korte, C., Krijgsman, W., Lenton, T., Little, C., Manceñido, M., Mattioli, E., Meister, C., Morgan, R., Newton, R., Pálfy, J., Pienkowski, G., Poulton, S., Riccardi, A., Robinson, A., Ruhl, M., Suan, G., Smith, N., Thibault, N., Ullmann, C., Wignall, P., Williford, K., Wonik, T. & Xu, W. (2013). Mochras borehole revisited: A new global standard for Early Jurassic Earth history. Scientific Drilling, 16, (pp. 81-91) (11 p.).
Manzi, V., Gennari, R., Hilgen, F., Krijgsman, W., Lugli, S., Roveri, M. & Sierro, F.J. (2013). Age refinement of the Messinian salinity crisis onset in the Mediterranean. Terra Nova, 25 (4), (pp. 315-322) (8 p.).
Renne, P.R., Deino, A.L., Hilgen, F.J., Kuiper, K.F., Mark, D.F., Mitchell III, W.S., Morgan, L., Mundil, R. & Smit, J. (2013). Time scales of critical events around the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. Science, 339 (6120), (pp. 684-687) (4 p.).
Zalasiewicz, J., Cita, M.B., Hilgen, F., Pratt, B.R., Strasser, A., Thierry, J. & Weissert, H. (2013). Chronostratigraphy and geochronology: A proposed realignment. GSA Today, 23 (3), (pp. 4-8) (5 p.).
Zeeden, C., Hilgen, F., Westerwold, T. & Lourens, L. (2013). Revised Miocene splice, astronomical tuning and calcareous plankton biochronology. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 369, (pp. 430-451) (22 p.).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Abels, H.A., Clyde, W.C., Gingerich, P.D., Hilgen, F.J., Fricke, H.C., Bowen, G.J. & Lourens, L.J. (2012). Terrestrial carbon isotope excursions and biotic change during Palaeogene hyperthermals. Nature Geoscience, 5, (pp. 326-329) (4 p.).
Batenburg, S.J., Sprovieri, M., Gale, A.S., Hilgen, F.J., Hüsing, S., Laskar, J., Liebrand, D., Lirer, F., Orue-Etxebarria, X., Pelosi, N. & Smit, J. (2012). Cyclostratigraphy and astronomical tuning of the Late Maastrichtian at Zumaia (Basque county, Northern Spain). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 359-360, (pp. 264-278) (15 p.).
Bosmans, J.H.C., Drijfhout, S.S., Tuenter, E., Lourens, L.J., Hilgen, F.J. & Weber, S.L. (2012). Monsoonal response to mid-holocene orbital forcing in a high resolution GCM. Climate of the Past, 8, (pp. 723-740) (18 p.).
Gradstein, F.M., Ogg, J.G. & Hilgen, F.J. (2012). On the Geologic Time Scale. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 45 (2), (pp. 171-188) (18 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Lourens, L.J. & van Dam, Jan A. (2012). The Neogene Period. In F.M. Gradstein, J.G. Ogg, M. Schmitz & G. Ogg (Eds.), The Geologic Time Scale 2012 (pp. 923-978) (1176 p.). Elsevier Science.
Hinnov, L.A. & Hilgen, F.J. (2012). Cyclostratigraphy and astrochronology. In F.M. Gradstein, J.G. Ogg, M. Schmitz & G. Ogg (Eds.), The Geologic Time Scale 2012 (pp. 63-83) (1176 p.). Elsevier Science.
van der Laan, E., Hilgen, F.J., Lourens, L.J., De Kaenel, E., Gaboardi, S. & Iaccarino, S. (2012). Astronomical forcing of Northwest African climate and glacial history during the late Messinian (6.5-5.5 Ma). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 313-314, (pp. 107-126) (20 p.).
Vandenberghe, N., Hilgen, F.J. & Speijer, R.J. (2012). The Paleogene Period. In F.M. Gradstein, J.G. Ogg, M. Schmitz & G. Ogg (Eds.), The Geologic Time Scale 2012 (pp. 855-921) (1176 p.). Elsevier Science.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Iaccarino, S.M., Di Stefano, A., Foresi, L.M., Turco, E., Baldassini, N., Cascella, A., Da Prato, S., Ferraro, L., Gennari, R., Hilgen, F.J., Lirer, F., Maniscalco, R., Mazzei, R., Riforgiato, F., Russo, B., Sagnotti, L., Salvatorini, G., Speranza, F. & Verducci, M. (2011). High-resolution integrated stratigraphy of the upper Burdigalian-lower Langhian in the Mediterranean: The Langhian historical stratotype and new candidate sections for defining its GSSP. Stratigraphy, 8 (2-3), (pp. 199-215) (17 p.).
Mourik, A.A., Abels, H.A., Hilgen, F.J., Di Stefano, A. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2011). Improved astronomical age constraints for the Middle Miocene Climate Transition based on high-resolution stable isotope records from the central Mediterranean Maltese Islands. Paleoceanography, 26, (pp. art. PA1210) (1 p.).
Rivera, T.A., Storey, M., Zeeden, C., Hilgen, F.J. & Kuiper, K. (2011). A refined astronomically calibrated 40Ar/39Ar age for Fish Canyon sanidine. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 311 (3-4), (pp. 420-426) (7 p.).
Turco, E., Cascella, A., Gennari, R., Hilgen, F.J., Iaccarino, S.M. & Sagnotti, L. (2011). Integrated stratigraphy of the La Vedova section (Conero Riviera, Italy) and implications for the Burdigalian/Langhian boundary. Stratigraphy, 8 (2-3), (pp. 89-110) (22 p.).
  2011 - Professional publications
Hilgen, F.J. (2011). The dating game. Payenborchiana, 52 (1), (pp. 29-31) (3 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Abels, H.A., Abdul Aziz, H., Krijgsman, W., Smeets, S.J.B. & Hilgen, F.J. (2010). Long-period eccentricity control on sedimentary sequences in the continental Madrid Basin (middle Miocene, Spain). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 289 (1-2), (pp. 220-231, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.11.011) (2 p.).
Di Stefano, A., Verducci, M., Lirer, F., Ferraro, L., Iaccarino, S.M., Hüsing, S.K. & Hilgen, F.J. (2010). Paleoenvironmental conditions preceding the Messinian Salinity Crisis in the Central Mediterranean: Integrated data from the Upper Miocene Trave section (Italy). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 297 (1), (pp. 37-53) (17 p.).
Hilgen, F.J. (2010). Astronomical dating in the 19th century. Earth-Science Reviews, 98 (1-2), (pp. 65-80) (16 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Lourens, L.J. & Kuiper, K.F. (2010). Evaluation of the astronomical time scale for the Paleocene and earliest Eocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 300, (pp. 139-151) (13 p.).
Hüsing, S.K., Cascella, A., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Kuiper, K.F., Turco, E. & Wilson, D. (2010). Astrochronology of the Mediterranean Langhian between 15.29 and 14.17 Ma. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 290 (3-4), (pp. 254-269, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.12.002) (2 p.).
Lourens, L.J., Becker, Julia, Bintanja, R., Hilgen, F.J., Tuenter, E., van de Wal, R.S.W. & Ziegler, M. (2010). Linear and non-linear response of late Neogene glacial cycles to obliquity forcing and implications for the Milankovitch theory. Quaternary Science Reviews, 29 (1-2), (pp. 352-365) (14 p.).
Mourik, A.A., Bijkerk, J.F., Cascella, A., Hüsing, S.K., Hilgen, F.J., Lourens, L.J. & Turco, E. (2010). Astronomical tuning of the La Vedova High Cliff section (Ancona, Italy)-Implications of the Middle Miocene Climate Transition for Mediterranean sapropel formation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 297 (1-2), (pp. 249-261) (13 p.).
Westphal, H., Hilgen, F.J. & Munnecke, A. (2010). An assessment of the suitability of individual rhythmic carbonate successions for astrochronological application. Earth-Science Reviews, 99, (pp. 19-30) (12 p.).
Xiao, G.Q., Abels, H.A., Yao, Q.Z., Dupont-Nivet, G. & Hilgen, F.J. (2010). Asian aridification linked to the first step of the Eocene-Oligocene climate Transition (EOT) in obliquity-dominated terrestrial records (Xining Basin, China). Climate of the Past, 6 (4), (pp. 501-513) (13 p.).
Xiao, G.Q., Abels, H.A., Yao, Z.Q., Dupont-Nivet, G. & Hilgen, F.J. (03.06.2010). Asian aridification linked to the first step of the Eocene-Oligocene climate Transition (EOT) in obliquity-dominated terrestrial records in Xining Basin, China. International Conference on Geobiology, Wuhan, China, 03-06 June 2010 (pp. 219-220) (2 p.). International Conference on Geobiology, Wuhan, China.
Ziegler, M., Lourens, L.J., Tuenter, E., Hilgen, F.J., Reichart, G.-J. & Weber, S.L. (2010). Precession phasing offset between Indian summer monsoon and Arabian Sea productivity linked to changes in Atlantic overturning circulation. Paleoceanography, 25 (3), (pp. PA3213-doi:10.1029/2009PA001884) (1330 p.).
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Abels, H.A., Abdul Aziz, H., Ventra, D. & Hilgen, F.J. (2009). Orbital climate forcing in mudflat to marginal lacustrine deposits in the Miocene Teruel Basin (Northeast Spain). Journal of Sedimentary Research, 79 (11), (pp. 831-847, doi: 10.2110/jsr.2009.081) (2 p.).
Aubry, M.-P., Berggren, W.A., Van Couvering, J., McGowran, B., Hilgen, F., Steininger, F. & Lourens, L. (2009). The Neogene and Quaternary: chronostratigraphic compromise or non-overlapping magisteria?. Stratigraphy, 6 (1), (pp. 1-16) (16 p.).
Fischer, A.G., Hilgen, F.J. & Garrison, R.E. (2009). Mediterranean contributions to cyclostratigraphy and astrochronology. Sedimentology, 56 (1), (pp. 63-94) (32 p.).
Hilgen, F.J. & Kuiper, K.F. (2009). A critical evaluation of the numerical age of the Eocene-Oligocene boundary. In C. Koeberl & A. Montanari (Eds.), The Late Eocene Earth - Hothouse, Icehouse, and Impacts (pp. 139-148, doi: 10.1130/2009.2452(09)) (322 p.). The Geological Society of America.
Hilgen, F.J., Abels, H.A., Iaccarino, S., Krijgsman, W., Raffi, I., Sprovieri, R., Turco, E. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2009). The Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) of the Serravallian Stage (Middle Miocene). Episodes, 32 (3), (pp. 152-166) (15 p.).
Hüsing, S.K., Kuiper, K.F., Link, W., Hilgen, F.J. & Krijgsman, W. (2009). The upper Tortonian - lower Messinian at Monte dei Corvi (Northern Apennines, Italy): Completing a Mediterranean reference section for the Tortonian Stage. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 282 (1-4), (pp. 140-157) (18 p.).
McGowran, B., Berggren, B., Hilgen, F., Steininger, F., Aubry, M.-P., Lourens, L. & Van Couvering, J. (2009). Neogene and Quaternary coexisting in the geological time scale: The inclusive compromise. Earth-Science Reviews, 96 (4), (pp. 249-262) (14 p.).
Van Couvering, J.A., Aubry, M.-P., Berggren, W.A., Gradstein, F.M., Hilgen, F.J., Kent, D.V., Lourens, L.J. & McGowran, B. (2009). What, if anything, is Quaternary?. Episodes, 32 (2), (pp. 125-126) (2 p.).
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Abdul Aziz, H., Di Stefano, A., Foresi, L.M., Hilgen, F.J., Iaccarino, S.M., Kuiper, K.F., Lirer, F., Salvatorini, G. & Turco, E. (2008). Integrated stratigraphy and Ar-40/Ar-39 chronology of early Middle Miocene sediments from DSDP Leg 42A, Site 372 (Western Mediterranean). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 257 (1-2), (pp. 123-138) (16 p.).
Abdul Aziz, H., Hilgen, F.J., van Luijk, G.M., Sluijs, A., Kraus, M.J., Pares, J.M. & Gingerich, P.D. (2008). Astronomical climate control on paleosol stacking patterns in the upper Paleocene-lower Eocene Willwood Formation, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Geology, 36 (7), (pp. 531-534) (4 p.).
Hilgen, F.J. (2008). Recent progress in the standardization and calibration of the Cenozoic Time Scale. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 43 (1), (pp. 15-22) (8 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Aubry, M.-P., Berggren, B., Van Couvering, J.A., McGowran, B. & Steininger, F. (2008). The case for the original Neogene. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 43, (pp. 23-32) (10 p.).
Krijgsman, W., Hilgen, F.J. & Meijer, P.Th. (2008). Chronological constraints and consequences for the Messinian Salinity Crisis. The Messinian Salinity Crisis from mega-deposits to microbiology - A consensus report (pp. 39-44) (6 p.). Almeria (Spain), 7-10 November 2007.
Kuiper, K.F., Deino, A., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Renne, P.R. & Wijbrans, J.R. (2008). Synchronizing rock clocks of Earth history. Science, 320 (5875), (pp. 500-504) (5 p.).
Pälike, H. & Hilgen, F.J. (2008). Rock clock synchronization. Nature Geoscience, 1 (5), (pp. 282-282) (1 p.).
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Abels, H.A., Van Simaeys, S., Hilgen, F.J., De Man, E. & Vandenberghe, N. (2007). Obliquity-dominated glacio-eustatic sea level change in the early Oligocene: evidence from the shallow marine siliciclastic Rupelian stratotype (Boom Formation, Belgium). Terra Nova, 19 (1), (pp. 65-73) (9 p.). 2006inpress.
Bison, K.-M., Versteegh, G.J.M., Hilgen, F.J. & Willems, H. (2007). Calcareous dinoflagellate turnover in relation to the Messinian salinity crisis in the eastern Mediterranean Pissouri Basin, Cyprus. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 26 (2), (pp. 103-116) (14 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Kuiper, K.F., Krijgsman, W., Snel, E. & van der Laan, E. (2007). Astronomical tuning as the basis for high resolution chronostratigraphy: the intricate history of the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Stratigraphy, 4 (2-3), (pp. 231-238) (8 p.).
Hüsing, S.K., Hilgen, F.J., Abdul Aziz, H. & Krijgsman, W. (2007). Completing the Neogene geological time scale between 8.5 and 12.5 Ma. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 253, (pp. 340-358) (19 p.).
Tuenter, E., Weber, S.L., Hilgen, F.J. & Lourens, L.J. (2007). Simulating sub-Milankovitch climate variations associated with vegetation dynamics. Climate of the Past, 3 (1), (pp. 169-180) (12 p.).
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Cornée, J.J., Moisette, P., Joannin, S., Suc, J.-P., Quillévéré, F., Krijgsman, W., Hilgen, F.J., Koskeridou, E., Münch, Ph., Lécuyer, Ch. & Desvignes, P. (2006). Tectonic and climatic controls on coastal sedimentation: The Late Pliocene-Middle Pleistocene of northeastern Rhodes, Greece. Sedimentary Geology, 187, (pp. 159-181) (23 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Brinkhuis, H. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2006). Unit stratotypes for global stages: The Neogene perspective. Earth-Science Reviews, 74 (1-2), (pp. 113-125) (13 p.).
Raffi, I., Backman, J., Fornaciari, E., Pälike, H., Rio, D., Lourens, L. & Hilgen, F. (2006). A review of calcareous nannofossil astrobiochronology encompassing the past 25 million years. Quaternary Science Reviews, 25 (23-24), (pp. 3113-3137) (25 p.).
Steenbrink, J., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Wijbrans, J.R. & Meulenkamp, J.E. (2006). Late Miocene to Early Pliocene depositional history of the intramontane Florina-Ptolemais-Servia Basin, NW Greece: interplay between orbital forcing and tectonics. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 238, (pp. 151-178) (28 p.).
Strasser, A., Hilgen, F.J. & Heckel, P.H. (2006). Cyclostratigraphy - concepts, definitions, and applications. Newsletters on Stratigraphy, 42 (2), (pp. 75-114) (40 p.).
van Dam, Jan A., Abdul Aziz, H., Sierra, M.A.A., Hilgen, F.J., van den Hoek Ostende, L.W., Lourens, L.J., Mein, P., van der Meulen, A.J. & Pelaez-Campomanes, P. (2006). Long-period astronomical forcing of mammal turnover. Nature, 443 (7112), (pp. 687-691) (5 p.).
van der Laan, E., Snel, E., De Kaenel, E., Hilgen, F.J. & Krijgsman, W. (2006). No major deglaciation across the Miocene-Pliocene boundary: integrated stratigraphy and astronomical tuning of the Loulja section (Bou Regreg area, NW Morocco). Paleoceanography, 21 (3), (pp. PA3011) (1 p.).
  2005 - Scholarly publications
Abels, H.A., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Kruk, R.W., Raffi, I., Turco, E. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2005). Long-period orbital control on middle Miocene global cooling: Integrated stratigraphy and astronomical tuning of the Blue Clay Formation on Malta. Paleoceanography, 20 (4), (pp. PA4012-doi:10.1029/2004PA001129) (2884 p.).
Aubry, M.-P., Berggren, W.A., Van Couvering, J.A., McGowran, B., Pillans, B. & Hilgen, F.J. (2005). Quaternary: status, rank, definition, survival. Episodes, 28, (pp. 118-120) (3 p.).
Becker, Julia, Lourens, L.J., Hilgen, F.J., van der Laan, E., Kouwenhoven, T.J. & Reichart, G.-J. (2005). Late Pliocene climate variability on Milankovitch to millennial time scales: A high-resolution study of MIS100 from the Mediterranean. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 228 (3-4), (pp. 338-360) (23 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Abdul Aziz, H., Abels, H.A., Becker, J., Kuiper, K.F., Lourens, L.J., Meijer, P.Th., Steenbrink, J., Tuenter, E., van der Laan, E. & Weber, S.L. (2005). Mediterranean Neogene cyclostratigraphy and astrochronology: Recent progress and new developments. In A. Berger, M. Ercegovac & F. Mesinger (Eds.), Milutin Milankovitch 125th Anniversary Symposium: Paleoclimate and the Earth Climate System. Proceedings of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
Hilgen, F.J., Abdul Aziz, H., Bice, D., Iaccarino, S., Krijgsman, W., Kuiper, K.F., Montanari, A., Raffi, I., Turco, E. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2005). The Global boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) of the Tortonian Stage (Upper Miocene) at Monte Dei Corvi. Episodes, 28, (pp. 6-17) (12 p.).
Kuiper, K.F., Wijbrans, J.R. & Hilgen, F.J. (2005). Radioisotopic dating of the Tortonian Global Stratotype Section and Point: implications for intercalibration of Ar-40/Ar-39 and astronomical dating methods. Terra Nova, 17 (4), (pp. 385-397) (13 p.).
Tuenter, E., Weber, S.L., Hilgen, F.J. & Lourens, L.J. (2005). Sea-ice feedbacks on the climatic response to precession and obliquity forcing. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, (pp. L24704) (1 p.).
Tuenter, E., Weber, S.L., Hilgen, F.J., Lourens, L.J. & Ganopolski, A. (2005). Simulation of climate phase lags in the response to precession and obliquity forcing and the role of vegetation. Climate Dynamics, 24 (2-3), (pp. 279-295) (17 p.).
van der Laan, E., Gaboardi, S., Hilgen, F.J. & Lourens, L.J. (2005). Regional climate and glacial control on high-resolution oxygen isotope records from Ain el Beida (latest Miocene, NW Morocco): A cyclostratigraphic analysis in the depth and time domain. Paleoceanography, 20 (1), (pp. PA000995) (1 p.).
  2004 - Scholarly publications
Abdul Aziz, H., van Dam, Jan A., Hilgen, F.J. & Krijgsman, W. (2004). Astronomical forcing in Upper Miocene continental sequences: implications for the Geomagnetic Polarity Time Scale. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 222, (pp. 243-258) (16 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Schwarzacher, W. & Strasser, A. (2004). Concept and definitions in cyclostratigraphy (second report of the cyclostratigraphy working group). In B. D'Argenio, A.G. Fischer, I. Premoli Silva, H. Weissert & V. Ferreri (Eds.), Cyclostratigraphy: Approaches and case histories (311 p.).
Krijgsman, W., Gaboardi, S., Hilgen, F.J., Iaccarino, S., De Kaenel, E. & van der Laan, E. (2004). Revised astrochronology for the Ain el Beida section (Atlantic Morocco): No glacio-eustatic control for the onset of the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Stratigraphy, 1, (pp. 87-101) (15 p.).
Kuiper, K.F., Hilgen, F.J., Steenbrink, J. & Wijbrans, J.R. (2004). 40Ar/39Ar ages of tephras intercalated in astronomical tuned Neogene sedimentary sequences in the eastern Mediterranean. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 222 (2), (pp. 583-597) (15 p.).
Lourens, L.J., Hilgen, F.J., Laskar, J., Shackleton, N.J. & Wilson, D. (2004). The Neogene Period. In F.M. Gradstein, J.G. Ogg & A.G. Smith (Eds.), A Geologic Time Scale 2004 (pp. 409-440) (32 p.). Cambridge University Press.
  2003 - Scholarly publications
Abdul Aziz, H., Krijgsman, W., Hilgen, F.J., Wilson, S. & Calvo, J.P. (2003). An astronomical polarity timescale for the late middle Miocene based on cyclic continental sequences. Art. no. 2159. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 108 (B3), (pp. B2159-doi: 10.1029/2002JB001818) (342 p.).
Abdul Aziz, H., Sans-Rubio, E., Calvo, J.P., Hilgen, F.J. & Krijgsman, W. (2003). Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of a middle Miocene proximal alluvial fan to cyclic shallow lacustrine depositional system in the Calatayud Basin (NE Spain). Sedimentology, 50, (pp. 211-236) (26 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Abdul Aziz, H., Krijgsman, W., Raffi, I. & Turco, E. (2003). Integrated stratigraphy and astronomical tuning of the Serravallian and lower Tortonian at Monte dei Corvi (Middle-Upper Miocene, northern Italy). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 199, (pp. 229-264) (36 p.).
Kouwenhoven, T.J., Hilgen, F.J. & van der Zwaan, G.J. (2003). Late Tortonian-early Messinian stepwise disruption of the Mediterranean-Atlantic connections: constraints from benthic foraminiferal and geochemical data. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 18 (3-4), (pp. 303-319) (17 p.).
Pérez-Folgado, M., Sierro, F.J., Bárcena, M.A., Flores, J.A., Vázquez, A., Utrilla, R., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W. & Filipelli, G.M. (2003). Western versus eastern Mediterranean paleoceanographic response to astronomical forcing: a high-resolution microplankton study of precession-controlled sedimentary cycles during the Messinian. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 190, (pp. 317-334) (18 p.).
Raffi, I., Mozzato, C., Fornaciari, E., Hilgen, F.J. & Rio, D. (2003). Late Miocene calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and astrobiochronology for the Mediterranean region. Micropaleontology, 49, (pp. 1-26) (26 p.).
Steenbrink, J., Kloosterboer-van Hoeve, M.L. & Hilgen, F.J. (2003). Millennial-scale climate variations recorded in Early Pliocene colour reflectance time series from the lacustrine Ptolemais Basin (NW Greece). Global and Planetary Change, 36, (pp. 47-75) (29 p.). 2003in press.
Tuenter, E., Weber, S.L., Hilgen, F.J. & Lourens, L.J. (2003). The response of the African summer monsoon to remote and local forcing due to precession and obliquity. Global and Planetary Change, 36 (4), (pp. 219-235) (17 p.). 2003in press.
  2002 - Scholarly publications
Krijgsman, W., Blanc-Valleron, M.-M., Flecker, R., Hilgen, F.J., Kouwenhoven, T.J., Merle, D., Ország-Sperber, F. & Rouchy, J.-M. (2002). The onset of the Messinian salinity crisis in the eastern Mediterranean (Pissouri Basin, Cyprus). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 194 (3-4), (pp. 299-310) (12 p.).
  2002 - Professional publications
Hilgen, F.J., Iaccarino, S., Krijgsman, W., Montanari, A., Raffi, I., Turco, E. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2002). The Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) of the Tortonian Stage (Upper Miocene): a proposal. (26 p.). International Union of Geological Sciences.
  2001 - Scholarly publications
Krijgsman, W., Fortuin, A.R., Hilgen, F.J., Roep, Th.B. & Sierro, F.J. (2001). Astrochronology for the Messinian Sorbas Basin (SE Spain) and orbital (precessional) forcing for evaporite cyclicity. Sedim. Geol., 2000 in press. Sedimentary Geology, 140, (pp. 43-60) (18 p.).
Sanz-Rubio, E., Abdul Aziz, H., Calvo, J.P., Hilgen, F.J. & Krijgsman, W. (2001). Análisis sedimentológico y caracterización paleoclimática de la sucesión cíclica de Orera, Mioceno continental de la Cuenca de Calatayud. Geotemas, 3 (2), (pp. 85-90) (6 p.).
Sierro, F.J., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W. & Flores, J.A. (2001). The Abad composite (SE Spain): A Mediterranean and global reference section for the Messinian. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 168, (pp. 141-169) (29 p.).
Turco, E., Hilgen, F.J., Lourens, L.J., Shackleton, N.J. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2001). Punctuated evolution of global climate cooling during late Middle to early Late Miocene: High resolution planktonic foraminiferal and oxygen isotope records from the Mediterranean. Paleoceanography, 16, (pp. 405-423) (19 p.).
van Vugt, N., Langereis, C.G. & Hilgen, F.J. (2001). Orbital forcing in Pliocene-Pleistocene Mediterranean lacustrine deposits: dominant expression of eccentricity versus precession. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 172, (pp. 193-205) (13 p.).
  2000 - Scholarly publications
Abdul Aziz, H., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Sanz, E. & Calvo, J.P. (2000). Astronomical forcing of sedimentary cycles in the Middle to Late Miocene continental Calatayud Basin (NE Spain). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 177, (pp. 9-22) (14 p.).
Fortuin, A.R., Krijgsman, W., Hilgen, F.J. & Sierro, F.J. (2000). Late Miocene Mediterranean desiccation: topography and significance of the "Salinity Crisis" erosianal surface on-land in South-east Spain. Sedimentary Geology, 133, (pp. 167-174) (8 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Bissoli, L., Iaccarino, S., Krijgsman, W., Negri, A. & Villa, G. (2000). Integrated stratigraphy and astrochronology of the Messinian GSSP at Oued Akrech (Atlantic Marocco). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 182, (pp. 237-251) (15 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Iaccarino, S., Krijgsman, W., Villa, G., Langereis, C.G. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2000). The Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) of the Messinian Stage (uppermost Miocene). Episodes, 23 (3), (pp. 172-178) (7 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Raffi, I., Turco, E. & Zachariasse, W.J. (2000). Integrated stratigraphy and astronomical calibration of the Serravallian/Tortonian boundary section at Monte Gibliscemi (Sicily, Italy). Marine Micropaleontology, 38, (pp. 181-211) (31 p.).
Steenbrink, J., van Vugt, N., Kloosterboer-van Hoeve, M.L. & Hilgen, F.J. (2000). Refinement of the Messinian APTS from sedimentary cycle patterns in the lacustrine Lava section (Servia Basin, NW Greece). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 181, (pp. 161-173) (13 p.).
Van Couvering, J.A., Castradori, D., Cita, M.B., Hilgen, F.J. & Rio, D. (2000). The base of the Zanclean Stage and of the Pliocene Series. Episodes, 23, (pp. 179-187) (9 p.).
  2000 - Professional publications
Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W. & Lourens, L.J. (2000). De invloed van astronomische cycli op het klimaat op Aarde. Een metronoom voor de geologische tijdschaal. Gea, 35 (4), (pp. 1-8) (8 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Iaccarino, S. & Warny, S. (2000). The Neogene of the Bou Regreg Valley. In J.P. Suc (Eds.), Excursion guide XIth Congress RCMNS (Rabat, Morocco) (pp. 5-15) (11 p.).
Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Iaccarino, S. & Warny, S. (2000). The Neogene Taza-Guercif Basin. In J.P. Suc (Eds.), Excursion Guide, XIth congress of the Regional Committee on mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy (pp. 5-15) (11 p.).
  1999 - Scholarly publications
Hilgen, F.J., Abdul Aziz, H., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G., Lourens, L.J., Meulenkamp, J.E., Raffi, I., Steenbrink, J., Turco, E., van Vugt, N., Wijbrans, J.R. & Zachariasse, W.J. (1999). Present status of the astronomical (polarity) time-scale for the Mediterranean Late Neogene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 357 (1757), (pp. 1931-1947) (17 p.). Source: Scopus.
  1998 - Scholarly publications
van Vugt, N., Steenbrink, J., Langereis, C.G., Hilgen, F.J. & Meulenkamp, J.E. (1998). Magnetostratigraphy-based astronomical tuning of the early Pliocene lacustrine sediments of Ptolemais (NW Greece) and bed-to-bed correlation with the marine record. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 164 (3-4), (pp. 535-551) (17 p.). Source: Scopus.
  1997 - Scholarly publications
Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G. & Lourens, L.J. (1997). Breakthrough made in dating of the geological record. Eos, 78 (28), (pp. 285-289).
  1997 - Popularising publications
Langereis, C.G. & Hilgen, F.J. (1997). Het klimaat staat in de sterren. Natuur & techniek, 65 (1).
  1995 - Scholarly publications
Berggren, W.A., Hilgen, F.J., Langereis, C.G., Kent, D.V., Obradovich, J.D., Raffi, I., Raymo, M.E. & Shackleton, N.J. (1995). Late Neogene chronology: new perspectives in high-resolution stratigraphy. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 107 (11), (pp. 1272-1287) (16 p.). Source: Scopus.
Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G., Lourens, L.J., Santarelli, A. & Zachariasse, W.J. (1995). Extending the astronomical (polarity) time scale into the Miocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 136 (3-4), (pp. 495-510) (16 p.). Source: Scopus.
Krijgsman, W., Hilgen, F.J., Langereis, C.G., Santarelli, A. & Zachariasse, W.J. (1995). Late Miocene magnetostratigraphy, biostratigraphy and cyclostratigraphy in the Mediterranean. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 136 (3-4), (pp. 475-494) (20 p.). Source: Scopus.
  1994 - Scholarly publications
Hilgen, F.J. & Langereis, C.G. (1994). Reply to Comment on "A critical re-evaluation of the Miocene/Pliocene boundary as defined in the Mediterranean" by R.H. Benson and D.A. Hodell. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 124 (1-4), (pp. 251-252) (2 p.). Source: Scopus.
Krijgsman, W., Hilgen, F.J., Langereis, C.G. & Zachariasse, W.J. (1994). The age of the Tortonian/Messinian boundary. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 121 (3-4), (pp. 533-547) (15 p.). Source: Scopus.
Langereis, C.G., Van Hoof, A.A.M. & Hilgen, F.J. (1994). Steadying the rates. Nature, 369 (6482), (pp. 615). Source: Scopus.
Scheepers, P.J.J., Langereis, C.G., Zijderveld, J.D.A. & Hilgen, F.J. (1994). Paleomagnetic evidence for a Pleistocene clockwise rotation of the Calabro-Peloritan block (southern Italy). Tectonophysics, 230 (1-2), (pp. 19-48) (30 p.). Source: Scopus.
  1993 - Scholarly publications
Hilgen, F.J. & Langereis, C.G. (1993). A critical re-evaluation of the Miocene/Pliocene boundary as defined in the Mediterranean. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 118 (1-4), (pp. 167-179) (13 p.). Source: Scopus.
Scheepers, P.J.J., Langereis, C.G. & Hilgen, F.J. (1993). Counter-clockwise rotations in the southern Apennines during the Pleistocene: paleomagnetic evidence from the Matera area. Tectonophysics, 225 (4), (pp. 379-410) (32 p.). Source: Scopus.
  1991 - Scholarly publications
Langereis, C.G. & Hilgen, F.J. (1991). The Rossello composite: a Mediterranean and global reference section for the Early to early Late Pliocene. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 104 (2-4), (pp. 211-225) (15 p.). Source: Scopus.
Zijderveld, J.D.A., Hilgen, F.J., Langereis, C.G., Verhallen, P.J.J.M. & Zachariasse, W.J. (1991). Integrated magnetostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the upper Pliocene-lower Pleistocene from the Monte Singa and Crotone areas in Calabria, Italy. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 107 (3-4), (pp. 697-714) (18 p.). Source: Scopus.
  1990 - Scholarly publications
Zachariasse, W.J., Gudjonsson, L., Hilgen, F.J., Langereis, C.G., Lourens, L.J., Verhallen, P.J.J.M. & Zijderveld, J.D.A. (1990). Late Gauss to early Matuyama invasions of Neogloboquadrina atlantica in the Mediterranean and associated record of climatic change. Paleoceanography, 5 (2), (pp. 239-252) (14 p.). Source: Scopus.
  1989 - Scholarly publications
Hilgen, F.J. & Langereis, C.G. (1989). Periodicities of CaCO3 cycles in the Pliocene of Sicily: discrepancies with the quasi-periods of the Earth's orbital cycles?. Terra Nova, 1 (5), (pp. 409-415) (7 p.). Source: Scopus.
Zachariasse, W.J., Zijderveld, J.D.A., Langereis, C.G., Hilgen, F.J. & Verhallen, P.J.J.M. (1989). Early Late Pliocene biochronology and surface water temperature variations in the Mediterranean. Marine Micropaleontology, 14 (4), (pp. 339-355) (17 p.). Source: Scopus.
  1988 - Scholarly publications
Hilgen, F.J. & Langereis, C.G. (1988). The age of the Miocene-Pliocene boundary in the Capo Rossello area (Sicily). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 91 (1-2), (pp. 214-222) (9 p.). Source: Scopus.
  0 - Other output
Hilgen, F.J. Recipient Outstanding Student Poster Award: 'Obliquity signals at low latitudes' (Bosmans, J., Lourens, L., Hilgen, F.)
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SUMMARY OF MY RESEARCH CARRIED OUT SINCE I STARTED AS PHD (a long time ago)

 

PhD thesis: An astronomical time scale for the Mediterranean Plio-Pleistocene 

During my PhD I established an astronomical  time scale for the Mediterranean Pliocene, in close collaboration with Jan-Willem Zachariasse, and Hans Zijderveld and Cor Langereis of the Paleomagnetic Laboratory Fort Hoofddijk. One of the main section used in my thesis is the Rossello Composite section located in the coastal cliffs of southern Sicily. Much later I suggested that this section should be defined as tuned unit stratotype of the Zanclean and Piacenzian Stages and Milankovitch cycles as chronozones. The tuning basically still underlies the age calibration of the standard geological time scale of this time interval. Below is the picture of the Punta di Maiata partial section that is depicted on the cover of the second volume of GTS2012.

Punta di Maiata, Sicily, Italy

 

Post-doctoral research: Elaboration and extension of the astronomical time scale into the Miocene

As postdoctoral "Academy" fellow, I continued to work in Utrecht with Jan-Willem and Cor, and Lucas Lourens and Wout Krijgsman as PhDs on the elaboration and extension of this time scale. For this purpose, we used among others the Gibliscemi section on Sicily which clearly reveals the eccentricity related bundling of precession related sapropels.

Monte Gibliscemi section, Sicily, Italy

 

The continental record of the Mediterranean

I also started to work on continental successions in the Mediterranean, initially in Greece, as part of the COMCOM-project, with Joris Steenbrink, Nicole van Vugt and Marloes Kloosterboer as PhDs, and later in Spain with Hayfaa Adul Aziz and Hemmo Abels as PhDs. Astronomical climate forcing was detectable all sections and marine-continental correlations could be established down to the precession scale.

Precession related in the Pliocene continental succession of Ptolemais, Greece.

Precession related cycles in the lacustrine succession of Orera (Miocene, Spain).

 

The continental record of North America

During the last decade, my research interest in the astronomical climate control on continental sedimentary environments switched from the Mediterranean to North America where, again with Hayfaa Abdul Aziz and Hemmo Abels, I focused in close collaboration with Phil Gingerich and Mary Kraus on the fluvial successions of the Eocene Willwood Formation in the Bighorn Basin. This study expanded to include the Fort Union Fm in Montana and the Hoseshoe Canyon Fm in Alberta, Canada, partly within the framework of GTSnext. We now continue to work in Montana within the framework of the VIDI project of Klaudia Kuiper with Lars Noorbergen as PhD.

Eocene reddish paleosols in the PETM of the Polecat Bench section suggesting a precessional control

Coal alternations in the Tullock Mb of the Fort Union, Bug Creek, Montana with the K/Pg boundary at the base of the first coaly layer.

 

Messinian Salinity Crisis

After establishing an astronomical time scale for the Messinian in an attempt to better understand the salinity crisis many years ago, I returned to the MSC within the framework of the EU-ITN Medgate. This network aims to further improve our comprehension of the MSC mainly through multi- and interdisciplinary research.

Vena del Gesso gypsum in northern Italy, showing precession controlled cyclicity. 

 

Intercalibration with radio-isotopic dating

The intercalibration of the astronomical dating method with radio-isotopic dating plays a crucial role in the extension of the ATS into the Cretaceous. I started to collaborate with Jan Wijbrans of the Ar/Ar lab at the VU many years ago with aim to compare astronomical and Ar/Ar dating. This led to the very successful PhD thesis of Klaudia Kuiper and in collaboration with Paul Renne and Al Deino of the Berkeley Geochrology Center we established an astronomical age for the Fish Canyon sanidine, the most widely standard in Ar/Ar geochronology and used this age to constrain the astronomical tuning of the K/Pg boundary. This age was selected by the Ar/Ar community and adopted in the standard Geological Time Scale (GTS2012). Currently, this issue is highly contoversial with other FCs ages published. With the EU-ITN GTSnext, of which I was coordinator, we brought leading european experts in Ar/Ar, U/Pb and astronomical dating together in an attempt to intercalibrate these methods and solve the existing problems in the ATS.

Part of the Messadit section in Morocco with precession related cycles used for the tuning and one of the prominent white ashbeds used for Ar/Ar dating. 

 

Top part of the Danian Limestones, used for tuning and showing hierarchy of precession and eceentricity related cycles

 

Climate modeling of orbital extremes

The last important subject I worked on is the use of climate models to better understand astronomical climate forcing. We started this research direction in close collaboration with the late Prof. Nanne Weber of the KNMI and continued our collaboration with Sybren Drijfhout. Two PhD students, Erik Tuenter and Joyce Bosmans, were involved in this research and they concentrated mainly on the climate modeling of orbital extremes. Focus was especially on low-latitude monsoonal systems and also on the Atlantic system.

 

SUMMARY

Summarizing, the construction and application of the astronomical time scales proved of great importance among others for understanding 1) the history of the Messinian Salinity crisis, 2) astronomical-induced climate changes as recorded in marine and continental archives, and 3) the intercalibration with radio-isotopic dating.

 

 

 

       

 

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I am currently involved in:

- 4th year MSc fieldwork in southern Spain, together with Hans de Bresser and Liviu Matenco

- 4th year MSc-course on Astronomical Climate Forcing and Time scale

- 2nd year Ba-course on Sedimentary Systems, together with Joris Eggenhuisen

 

Before I was involved in:

- 1st year Ba-fieldwork in Aliaga, Spain for ten years

- 1st year Introduction in Geology

- System Earth course for Utrecht University College

- NSG short courses on Astronomical climate forcing and time scales

 

I have also been invloved in several international summerschools:

- IAS summerschool in Carboneras, Spain for two times

- GTSnext summerschool in Coldigioco, Italy

- International course on paleoceanography, Napels, Italy

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