Dr. Peter Bijl

Vening Meineszgebouw A
Princetonlaan 8a
Kamer 304
3584 CB Utrecht

International activities

Many of my publications were the result of intense collaboration with many research groups all over the world. I strongly believe that the best way to do science in my field is with focussed collaboration with experts in different sub-fields.


IODP Expedition 318 and 392

I sailed on an ocean drilling expedition to Wilkes Land, Antarctica, organized by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (Leg 318), in a team of 30 scientists from over 10 countries. In 2022, I participated in IODP Expedition 392, to drill Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks from the Agulhas Plateau, offshore South Africa.


Current teaching

  • Coordinator and teacher of the MSc course 'Ice-Ocean-Climate interactions' within the MSc programs of Earth Sciences
  • Teacher of 'Paleoceanography' and 'sediments of the sea' in the first years Biology course “Marine Sciences 1”
  • Teacher in MSc courses "Introduction to Marine Sciences" and "Reconstructing Extreme Climate Transitions".
  • Teacher at the first year geology excursion to the Belgian Ardennes.


LPP Foundation

  • From January 1st 2012 to December 2020, I was the director of the LPP Foundation, a Utrecht University-based consultancy in Earth Sciences, Biostratigraphy and Energy. Among the focal points of the LPP Foundation was to bring academia and industry closer together. Moreover, we investigated the potential of mass production of the fresh-water fern Azolla to mitigate industrial waste streams and provide added business opportunities from the biomass.
  • In the function of director at the LPP Foundation, I organized the “advanced course in organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts”.


Committee service

  • I am member of the GEOlab 'kernteam', a team of 4 who manage the overall scientific activities in the lab facilities of the Geosciences Faculty
  • I am Chair of the Utrecht Young academy


Boards and memberships

  • Member of the Utrecht Young Academy since 2019, board member since 2021
  • Active member of the INSTANT programme of the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR), particularly involved in activities related to (bio)stratigraphy and proxies);
  • European Geophysical Union (EGU) member since 2007.



  • KNAW Heineken Young Scientist Award 2018, for Natural Sciences
  • European Geophysical Union Arne richter Award (Outstanding Young Scientist) 2014
  • I was part of the Utrecht team Beneker that won the ‘Academische Jaarprijs 2007’, a 100k euro grant for the best plan to translate fundamental scientific discoveries to the general public. With this award, I helped developing a website on greenhouse Earth climate, geological time scales and carbon cycle, educative video clips and practical exercises for junior high schools.
  • IODP-NL Person of the year 2009.



  • PI on an NWO VENI grant (250keuro) for 3 years fulltime postdoctoral research.
  • PI on NWO polar programme grant "the role of warm ocean in past Antarctic ice sheet variability" 2017.
  • PI on ERC starting grant OceaNice: "Paleoceanography of the Ice-proximal Southern Ocean during past warm climates" 2018
  • co-PI on NWO open competition project "Dynamics and climatic imprint of the early Antarctic Circumpolar Current"
  • I received an NWO cruise participation grant for IODP Expedition 318.


Other funds raised

  • For the LPP Foundation, I successfully raised sponsorships at oil companies, e.g. for the 2012 dinocyst course and for the development of the new PALSYS.org database
  • Received as co-PI several Climate-KIC pathfinder grant (about 450 keuro) for the Azolla Farming System (AzoFaSt), a proposal in collaboration with Wageningen and Utrecht Univeristy.



Publications see scopus sciverse or google scholar