dr. Wim Hoek
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Senior Lecturer-Researcher Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology

My main research focus is on the impact of past climate change on landscape and vegetation.

I graduated in Physical Geography at Utrecht University in 1990 with specialisation Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology.  I particularly focused on the impact of climate change on fluvial environments under supervision of the late Dr. H.J.A. Berendsen.

During my PhD-study: Palaeogeography of Lateglacial vegetations: analysis in time and space (NWO-AWON/GOA), at VU Amsterdam from 1991-1995, I worked under supervision of the late Prof. Dr. W.H. Zagwijn and the late Dr. S.J.P. Bohncke. I learned a lot about (palaeo-) ecology, and the focus of my research changed to: Late Weichselian vegetation development and climate reconstruction.

Standing on the shoulders of giants, I consider myself as a geomorphologist, but also a palynologist, I think I managed to build a bridge between the geomorphological and palynological research communities.

Above this, the international project on Integration of Ice-core, Marine and Terrestrial records (INTIMATE) provided a network with several international researchers outside my own specialism. These involve a.o. marine geologists, geochemists, ice-core geophysicists, biologists, dating specialists, climate modellers on a regional to global scale. Within INTIMATE I have been actively involved in bringing these different disciplines together, e.g. by organising thematic sessions during international congresses and the compilation of Special Issues in high-ranked peer reviewed journals. From this cooperation, the issue of correlation and dating became evident, which is reflected in several papers listed under publications.

Recently, I started a new cooperation within the field of environmental archaeology, a.o. related to Early Medieval climate and environmental change in the Netherlands and NW Europe, but also further abroad (Mexico and Svalbard).


Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
Quaternary Geology
environmental change
scientific and public outreach
field teaching (earth sciences)
Palaeolandscape reconstruction
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Curriculum vitae

Current and previous positions:

  • October 2000 - present: (Senior) Lecturer-researcher Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology at Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Universiteit Utrecht (NL).
  • January 1997 - September 2000: Lecturer Palaeo-ecology of Sedimentary Environments at Department of Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL).
  • August 1991 - October 1995: PhD research position funded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-AWON/GOA) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL).
  • January 1991 - July 1991: Project-leader Fluvial Geomorphology at State Water Department (Rijkswaterstaat RIZA), Arnhem (NL).
  • September 1990 - December 1990: Free-lance advisor at Geological Survey of the Netherlands, Haarlem (NL).
  • May 1986 - August 1990: student-assistant of Dr. H.J.A. Berendsen at Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht (NL). 
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All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Bos, Johanna A.A., De Smedt, Philippe, Demiddelle, Hendrik, Hoek, W.Z., Langohr, Roger, Marcelino, Vera, Van Asch, Nelleke, Van Damme, Dirk, Van der Meeren, Thijs, Verniers, Jacques & Crombé, Philippe (2018). Weichselian Lateglacial environmental and vegetation development in the Moervaart palaeolake area (NW Belgium); implications for former human occupation patterns. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 248, (pp. 1-14) (14 p.).
Jones, G., Lane, C.S., Brauer, A., Davies, S.M., de Bruijn, R., Engels, S., Haliuc, A., Hoek, W.Z., Merkt, J., Sachse, D., Turner, F. & Wagner, F. (2018). The Lateglacial to early Holocene tephrochronological record from Lake Hämelsee, Germany - a key site within the European tephra framework. Boreas, 47 (1), (pp. 28-40).
Nooren, K., Hoek, W. Z., Dermody, B. J., Galop, D., Metcalfe, S., Islebe, G. & Middelkoop, H. (2018). Climate impact on the development of Pre-Classic Maya civilisation. Climate of the Past, 14 (8), (pp. 1253-1273) (21 p.).
Pierik, H.J., Van Lanen, Rowin, Gouw-Bouman, M.T.I.J., Groenewoudt, Bert, Wallinga, Jakob & Hoek, W.Z. (25.06.2018). Controls on late-Holocene drift-sand dynamics - The dominant role of human pressure in the Netherlands. Holocene, (pp. 1-21) (21 p.).
Woelders, L., Lenaerts, J.T.M., Hagemans, K., Akkerman, K., van Hoof, T. & Hoek, W.Z. (2018). Recent climate warming drives ecological change in a remote high-Arctic lake. Scientific Reports, 8 (6858).
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Bos, J.A.A., De Smedt, Ph., Demiddele, H., Hoek, W.Z., Langohr, R., Marcelino, V., van Asch, N., Van Damme, D., Van der Meeren, Th., Verniers, J., Boeckx, P., Boudin, M., Court-Picon, M., Finke, P., Gelorini, V., Heiri, O., Martens, K., Mostaert, F., Serbruyns, L., Van Strydonck, M. & Crombé, Ph. (2017). Multiple oscillations during the Lateglacial as recorded in a multi-proxy, high-resolution record of the Moervaart palaeolake (NW Belgium). Quaternary Science Reviews, 162, (pp. 26-41).
Hoek, W. Z., Lammertsma, E. I., Bohncke, S. J.P., Bos, J. A.A., Bunnik, F., Kasse, C., Schokker, J. & Westerhoff, W. (2017). Lateglacial and early Holocene vegetation development and fluvial system changes in the northern Meuse valley, the Netherlands - A review of palynological data. Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 96 (2), (pp. 93-114) (22 p.).
Nooren, C.A.M., Hoek, W.Z., Winkels, T.G., Huizinga, A., van der Plicht, J., Van Dam, R., Van Heteren, S., van Bergen, M.J., Prins, M.A., Reimann, T., Wallinga, J., Cohen, K.M., Minderhoud, P.S.J. & Middelkoop, H. (08.09.2017). The Usumacinta-Grijalva beach-ridge plain in southern Mexico - A high-resolution archive of river discharge and precipitation. Earth Surface Dynamics, 5 (3), (pp. 529-556) (28 p.).
Nooren, Kees, Hoek, Wim Z., van der Plicht, Hans, Sigl, Michael, van Bergen, Manfred J., Galop, Didier, Torrescano-Valle, Nuria, Islebe, Gerald, Huizinga, Annika, Winkels, Tim & Middelkoop, Hans (2017). Explosive eruption of El Chichon volcano (Mexico) disrupted 6th century Maya civilization and contributed to global cooling. Geology, 45 (2), (pp. 175-178) (4 p.).
van Dinter, M., Cohen, K.M., Hoek, W.Z., Stouthamer, E., Jansma, E. & Middelkoop, H. (2017). Late Holocene lowland fluvial archives and geoarchaeology - Utrecht's case study of Rhine river abandonment under Roman and Medieval settlement . Quaternary Science Reviews, 166, (pp. 227-265).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Andronikov, Alexandre V., Van Hoesel, Annelies, Andronikova, Irina E. & Hoek, Wim Z. (2016). Trace element distribution and implications in sediments across the Allerød-Younger Dryas boundary in the Netherlands and Belgium. Geografiska Annaler, Series A: Physical Geography, 98 (4), (pp. 325-345).
Engels, S., Bakker, M. A. J., Bohncke, S. J. P., Cerli, C., Hoek, W. Z., Jansen, B., Peters, T., Renssen, H., Sachse, D., van Aken, J. M., van den Bos, V., van Geel, B., van Oostrom, R., Winkels, T. & Wolma, M. (2016). Centennial-scale lake-level lowstand at Lake Uddelermeer (The Netherlands) indicates changes in moisture source region prior to the 2.8-kyr event. Holocene, 26 (7), (pp. 1075-1091).
Minderhoud, P.S.J., Cohen, K.M., Toonen, W.H.J., Erkens, G. & Hoek, W.Z. (2016). Improving age-depth models of fluvio-lacustrine deposits using sedimentary proxies for accumulation rates. Quaternary Geochronology, 33, (pp. 35-45).
Woelders, Lineke, Bos, Johanna A A, de Kort, Jan Willem & Hoek, Wim Z. (2016). Early Holocene environmental change and the presence of Mesolithic people in the Tungelroyse Beek valley near Mildert, the Netherlands. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 25, (pp. 177-189).
  2016 - Professional publications
Weerts, H.J.T., Cohen, K.M. & Hoek, W.Z. (2016). Stratigrafie van het Pleistoceen. In Luc Amkreutz, Fred Brounen, Jos Deeben, Roy Machiels, Marie-France van Oorsouw & Bjørn Smit (Eds.), Vuursteen verzameld - Over het zoeken en onderzoeken van steentijdvondsten en -vindplaatsen (pp. 413-414 + 520) (3 p.). Amersfoort: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Birks, Hilary H., Gelorini, Vanessa, Robinson, Erick & Hoek, Wim Z. (2015). Impacts of palaeoclimate change 60 000-8000 years ago on humans and their environments in Europe - Integrating palaeoenvironmental and archaeological data. Quaternary International, 378, (pp. 4-13).
Hoek, Wim Z., Robinson, Erick & Gelorini, Vanessa (2015). Climate impact on ecosystem changes and human responses during the Last Glacial and Early Holocene - A contribution to the INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine and TErrestrial records) COST Action ES0907. Quaternary International, 378, (pp. 1-3). This is the editorial of a special Issue of Quaternary International, Volume 378..
Perşoiu, Aurel, Feurdean, Angelica & Hoek, Wim Z. (2015). Closing and exposing the gaps in knowledge - INTIMATE workshop on terrestrial records from central Eastern Europe for the Last Glacial-Interglacial transition. Quaternary International, 388, (pp. 1-3). This is the editorial of a special Issue of Quaternary International, Volume 388..
Stouthamer, E., Cohen, K.M. & Hoek, W.Z. (2015). De vorming van het land - Geologie en geomorfologie. (434 p.). Utrecht: Perspectief Uitgevers, Completely revised 7th edition; continuation of Berendsen, H.J.A. (1996) and later editions of the same title. Academic text book..
van der Horn, Sarah A., van Kolfschoten, Thijs, van der Plicht, Johannes & Hoek, Wim Z. (2015). The effects of the 8.2 ka event on the natural environment of Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria - Implications for ecosystem resilience studies. Quaternary International, 378, (pp. 111-118).
Van Hoesel, Annelies, Hoek, Wim Z., Pennock, Gillian M., Kaiser, Knut, Plümper, Oliver, Jankowski, Michal, Hamers, Maartje F., Schlaak, Norbert, Küster, Mathias, Andronikov, Alexander V. & Drury, Martyn R. (2015). A search for shocked quartz grains in the Allerød-Younger Dryas boundary layer. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 50 (3), (pp. 483-498).
  2015 - Professional publications
Akkerman, K., Donders, T.H., Hoek, W.Z. & Vidinski, A.C. (2015). Aquatic ecosystem shifts in response to early human land-use in two low-elevation lakes in northwestern Europe. Diatomededelingen, 39, (pp. 41-55).
  2015 - Popularising publications
Hoek, W.Z. & van Hoof, T. (2015). IJsberen en meren op Spitsbergen. Geo.brief, 40 (8), (pp. 12-13).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Feurdean, A., Perşoiu, A., Tanţău, I., Stevens, T., Magyari, E.K., Onac, B.P., Marković, S., Andrič, M., Connor, S., Fărcaş, S., Gałka, M., Gaudeny, T., Hoek, W., Kolaczek, P., Kuneš, P., Lamentowicz, M., Marinova, E., Michczyńska, D.J., Perşoiu, I., Płóciennik, M., Słowiński, M., Stancikaite, M., Sumegi, P., Svensson, A., Tămaş, T., Timar, A., Tonkov, S., Toth, M., Veski, S., Willis, K.J. & Zernitskaya, V. (2014). Climate variability and associated vegetation response throughout Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) between 60 and 8 ka. Quaternary Science Reviews, 106, (pp. 206-224).
Heiri, Oliver, Brooks, Stephen J., Renssen, Hans, Bedford, Alan, Hazekamp, Marjolein, Ilyashuk, Boris, Jeffers, Elizabeth S., Lang, Barbara, Kirilova, Emiliya, Kuiper, Saskia, Millet, Laurent, Samartin, Stephanie, Toth, Monika, Verbruggen, Frederike, Watson, Jenny E., van Asch, Nelleke, Lammertsma, Emmy, Amon, Leeli, Birks, Hilary H., Birks, H. John B., Mortensen, Morten F., Hoek, Wim Z., Magyari, Eniko, Sobrino, Castor Munoz, Seppa, Heikki, Tinner, Willy, Tonkov, Spassimir, Veski, Siim & Lotter, Andy (2014). Validation of climate model-inferred regional temperature change for late-glacial Europe. Nature Communications, 5 (7 p.).
Jansma, Esther, Cohen, Kim, Middelkoop, Hans, van Lanen, Rowin, Stouthamer, Esther, Pierik, Harm Jan, Gouw - Bouman, Marjolein, Hoek, Wim & Groenewoudt, Bert (2014). The Dark Age of the Lowlands in an interdisciplinary light - People, landscape and climate in The Netherlands between AD 300 and 1000. European Journal of Postclassical Archaeologies, (pp. 471-476).
Rasmussen, Sune O., Bigler, Matthias, Blockley, Simon P., Blunier, Thomas, Buchardt, Susanne L., Clausen, Henrik B., Cvijanovic, Ivana, Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe, Johnsen, Sigfus J., Fischer, Hubertus, Gkinis, Vasileios, Guillevic, Myriam, Hoek, Wim Z., Lowe, J. John, Pedro, Joel B., Popp, Trevor, Seierstad, Inger K., Steffensen, Jørgen Peder, Svensson, Anders M., Vallelonga, Paul, Vinther, Bo M., Walker, Mike J.C., Wheatley, Joe J. & Winstrup, Mai (2014). A stratigraphic framework for abrupt climatic changes during the Last Glacial period based on three synchronized Greenland ice-core records: refining and extending the INTIMATE event stratigraphy. Quaternary Science Reviews, 106, (pp. 14-28).
Rasmussen, Sune O., Birks, Hilary H., Blockley, Simon P.E., Brauer, Achim, Hajdas, Irka, Hoek, Wim Z., Lowe, J. John, Moreno, Ana, Renssen, Hans, Roche, Didier M., Svensson, Anders M., Valdes, Paul & Walker, Mike J.C. (2014). Dating, synthesis, and interpretation of palaeoclimatic records of the Last Glacial cycle and model-data integration: advances by the INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine and TErrestrial records) COST Action ES0907. Quaternary Science Reviews, 106, (pp. 1-13).
van Hoesel, A., Hoek, W.Z., Pennock, G.M. & Drury, Martyn (2014). The Younger Dryas impact hypothesis: A critical review. Quaternary Science Reviews, 83, (pp. 95-114).
  2014 - Popularising publications
van Hoesel, A. & Hoek, W.Z. (11.01.2014). Het staartje aan de ijstijd kwam niet van een meteoriet. De Volkskrant [online] Article by Marlies ter Voorde.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Heinze, A., Hoek, W.Z. & Tammen, M. (2013). Pingo-Landschaft in Ostfriesland. Siedlungs- und Küstenforschung im südlichen Nordseegebiet, 36, (pp. 49-52) (4 p.).
van Asch, N., Heiri, O., Bohncke, S.J.P. & Hoek, W.Z. (2013). Climatic and environmental changes during the Weichselian Lateglacial Interstadial in the Weerterbos region, the Netherlands. Boreas, 42 (1), (pp. 123-139) (17 p.).
van Hoesel, A., Hoek, W.Z., van der Plicht, J., Pennock, G.M. & Drury, M.R. (2013). Cosmic Impact or natural fires at the Allerod-Younger Dryas boundary: a matter of dating and calibration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (41), (pp. art.no. E3896) (1 p.).
van Mourik, J.M., Slotboom, R.T., van der Plicht, J., Streurman, H.J., Kuijper, W.J., Hoek, W.Z. & de Graaff, L.W.S. (2013). Geochronology of Betula extensions in pollen diagrams of Alpine Late-glacial lake deposits: A case study of the Late-Glacial deposits of the Gasserplatz soil archives (Vorarlberg, Austria). Quaternary International, 306, (pp. 3-13) (11 p.).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Bos, I.J., Busschers, F.S. & Hoek, W.Z. (2012). Organic-facies determination: a key for understanding facies distribution in the basal peat layer of the Holocene Rhine-Meuse Delta, the Netherlands. Sedimentology, 59, (pp. 679-703) (25 p.).
Hoek, W.Z. (2012). Evidence of environmental change from terrestrial palaeohydrology. In Matthews, J.A. (Eds.), Handbook of Environmental Change (pp. 239-253) (15 p.). SAGE.
Janssens, M.M., Kasse, C., Bohncke, S.J.P., Greaves, H., Cohen, K.M., Wallinga, J. & Hoek, W.Z. (2012). Climate-driven fluvial development and valley abandonment at the last glacial-interglacial transition (Oude IJssel-Rhine, Germany). Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 91 (1/2), (pp. 37-62) (26 p.).
Stouthamer, E., Hoek, W.Z. & Cohen, K.M. (2012). Mapping of the Holocene Rhine-Meuse delta - The 'Berendsen Map'. In P. Floor (Eds.), Dutch Earth Sciences. Development an impact. Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands 1912-2012 Centenary volume (pp. 176) (273 p.). The Hague: Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands.
van Asch, N. & Hoek, W.Z. (2012). The impact of temperature changes on vegetation development in Ireland during the Weichselian Lateglacial. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27 (5), (pp. 441-450) (10 p.).
van Asch, N., Kloos, M.E., Heiri, O. & Hoek, W.Z. (2012). The Younger Dryas cooling in northeast Germany: summer temperature and environmental changes in the Friedländer Groβe Wiese region. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27 (5), (pp. 531-543) (13 p.).
van Asch, N., Lutz, A., Duijkers, M.C.H., Heiri, O.M., Brooks, J. & Hoek, W.Z. (2012). Rapid climate change during the Weichselian Lateglacial in Ireland: Chironomid-inferred summer temperatures from Fiddaun, Co. Galway. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 315-316, (pp. 1-11) (11 p.).
van Hoesel, A., Hoek, W.Z., Braadbaart, Frederik, van der Plicht, J., Pennock, G.M. & Drury, M.R. (2012). Nanodiamonds and wildfire evidence in the Usselo horizon postdate the Allerød-Younger Dryas boundary. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (20), (pp. 7648-7653) (6 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Cremer, H., Bunnik, F., Donders, T., Hoek, W.Z., Koolmees, H. & Lavooi, E. (2010). River flooding and landscape changes impact ecological conditions of a scour hole in the Rhine-Meuse delta, The Netherlands. Journal of Palaeolimnology, 44 (3), (pp. 789-801) (13 p.).
Hoek, W.Z. (2010). The interactions between Quaternary Geology and Archaeology. Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 89 (1), (pp. 1-2) (2 p.).
van de Plassche, O., Hoek, W.Z., Makaske, B., Konert, M. & van der Plicht, J. (2010). Middle Holocene water-level changes in the lower Rhine-Meuse delta (western Netherlands): implications for the reconstruction of relative mean sea-level rise, palaeoriver-gradients and coastal evolution. Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 89 (1), (pp. 3-20) (18 p.).
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Erkens, G., Cohen, K. M., Gouw, M. J P, Middelkoop, H. & Hoek, W. Z. (2009). Holocene sediment budgets of the Rhine delta (The Netherlands) - A record of changing sediment delivery. Nederlandse, Geografische Studies (388), (pp. 27-36) (10 p.).
Erkens, G., Dambeck, R., Volleberg, K.P., Gouw - Bouman, Marjolein, Bos, J.A.A., Cohen, K.M., Wallinga, J. & Hoek, W.Z. (2009). Fluvial terrace formation in the northern Upper Rhine Graben during the last 20 000 years as a result of allogenic controls and autogenic evolution. Geomorphology, 103, (pp. 476-495) (20 p.).
Nooren, C.A.M., Hoek, W.Z., Tebbens, L.A. & Martin del Pozzo, A.L. (2009). Late Holocene Eruption History of El Chichón Volcano and its Impact on the Maya Lowlands. Geofisica International, 48 (1), (pp. 97-112) (16 p.).
Walker, M.J.C., Johnsen, S.J., Rasmussen, S.O., Popp, T., Steffensen, J.P., Gibbard, P.L., Hoek, W.Z., Lowe, J.J., Andrews, J., Björck, S. & e.a., [No Value] (2009). Formal definition and dating of the GSSP (Global Stratotype Section and Point) for the base of the Holocene using the Greenland NGRIP ice core, and selected auxiliary records. Journal of Quaternary Science, 24 (1), (pp. 3-17) (15 p.).
  2009 - Professional publications
Cohen, K.M., Stouthamer, E., Hoek, W.Z., Berendsen, H.J.A. & Kempen, H.F.J. (2009). Zand in Banen - Zanddieptekaarten van het Rivierengebied en het IJsseldal in de provincies Gelderland en Overijssel. (130 p.). Arnhem: Provincie Gelderland.
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Hoek, W.Z. (2008). Bølling-Allerød Intertstadial. Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments (pp. 100-103) (4 p.). Springer Dordrecht.
Hoek, W.Z. (2008). Interstadials. In Gornitz, V (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments (pp. 477-478) (2 p.). Springer Dordrecht.
Hoek, W.Z. (2008). The Last Glacial - Interglacial Transition. Episodes, 31 (2), (pp. 226-229) (4 p.).
Hoek, W.Z., Yu, Z.C. & Lowe, J.J. (2008). INTegration of Ice-core, MArine, and TErrestrial records (INTIMATE): refining the record of the Last Glacial–Interglacial Transition. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27 (Issues 1-2), (pp. 1-5) (5 p.).
Lowe, J.J., Rasmussen, S.O., Björck, S., Hoek, W.Z., Steffensen, J.P., Walker, M.J.C., Yu, Z.C. & INTIMATE Group, [No Value] (2008). Synchronisation of palaeoenvironmental events in the North Atlantic region during the Last Termination: a revised protocol recommended by the INTIMATE group. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27 (Issues 1-2), (pp. 6-17) (12 p.).
Walker, M.J.C., Johnsen, S., Rasmussen, S.O., Steffensen, J.P., Popp, T., Gibbard, P.L., Hoek, W.Z., Lowe, J.J., Andrews, J.M., Björck, S., Cwynar, L.C., Hughen, K., Kershaw, P., Kromer, B., Litt, T., Lowe, D.J., Nakagawa, T., Newnham, R. & Schwande, J. (2008). The Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the base of the Holocene Series/Epoch (Quaternary System/Period) in the NGRIP ice core. Episodes, 31 (2), (pp. 264-267) (4 p.).
Yu, Z.C., Hoek, W.Z. & Lowe, J.J. (2008). INTegration of Ice-core, Marine and Terrestrial records (INTIMATE): Refining the record of the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition. The Netherlands: Yu, Z.C., W.Z, Hoek and J.J. Lowe, Special Issue Quaternary Science Reviews.
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Bohncke, S.J.P. & Hoek, W.Z. (2007). Multiple oscillations during the Preboreal as recorded in a calcareous gyttja. Kingbeekdal, The Netherlands. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26, (pp. 1965-1974) (10 p.).
Heiri, O., Cremer, H., Engels, S., Hoek, W.Z., Peeters, W. & Lotter, A.F. (2007). Lateglacial summer temperatures in the Northwest European lowlands: a chironomid record from Hijkermeer, the Netherlands. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26, (pp. 2420-2437) (18 p.).
Hoek, W.Z. & Bos, J.A.A. (2007). Early Holocene climate oscillations - causes and consequences. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26, (pp. 1901-1906) (6 p.).
Middelkoop, H., Stouthamer, E. & Hoek, W. Z. (2007). Geomorphology and climate - In honour of Professor Dr Eduard A. Koster. Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 86 (3), (pp. 161-164).
Middelkoop, H., Stouthamer, E. & Hoek, W.Z. (2007). Geomorhpology and Climate - in honour of Professor Dr Eduard A. Koster. Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 86 (3), (pp. 161-164) (4 p.).
  2007 - Professional publications
Weber, S.L., Lourens, L.J. & Hoek, W.Z. (2007). Het klimaat en de mens. Geo.brief, 31 (2), (pp. 20-21) (2 p.).
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Erkens, G., Cohen, K.M., Gouw, M.J.P., Middelkoop, H. & Hoek, W.Z. (2006). Holocene sediment budgets of the Rhine Delta (The Netherlands): a record of changing sediment delivery. In Rowan, J.S., Duck, R.W., Werritty, A. (Eds.), Sediment Dynamics and the Hydromorphology of Fluvial Systems (pp. 406-415) (10 p.). IAHS.
  2005 - Scholarly publications
Bos, J.A.A., Huisman, D.J., Kiden, P., Hoek, W.Z. & van Geel, B. (2005). Early Holocene environmental change in the Kreekrak area (Zeeland, SW-Netherlands): A multi-proxy analysis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 227, (pp. 259-289) (31 p.).
Davies, S.M., Hoek, W.Z., Bohncke, S.J.P., Lowe, J.J., O'Donnell, S.P. & Turney, C.S.M. (2005). Detection of Lateglacial distal tephra layers in the Netherlands. Boreas, 34, (pp. 123-135) (13 p.).
Kasse, C., Hoek, W.Z., Bohncke, S.J.P., Konert, M., Weijers, J.W.H., Cassee, M.L. & van der Zee, R.M. (2005). Late Glacial fluvial response of the Niers-rhine (western Germany) to climate and vegetation change. Journal of Quaternary Science, 204 (4), (pp. 377-394) (18 p.).
  2005 - Professional publications
Yu, Z., Hoek, W.Z. & Newnham, R. (2005). The INTIMATE Projects: Integration of Ice core, Marine and Terrestrial Records of the Last Termination in the North Atlantic Region and Elsewhere. PAGES Newsletter, 13 ((2)), (pp. 4) (1 p.).
  2005 - Popularising publications
Hoek, W.Z. (2005). Tefrochronologie. Grondboor & Hamer, 59 ((3)), (pp. 68-72) (5 p.).
  2004 - Scholarly publications
Turney, C.S.M., Lowe, J.J., Davies, S.M., Hall, V., Lowe, D.J., Wastegard, S., Hoek, W.Z., Alloway, B. & & INTIMATE members, [No Value] (2004). Tephrochronology of last termination sequences in Europe: a protocol for improved analytical precision and robust correlation procedures (a joint SCOTAV-INTIMATE proposal). Journal of Quaternary Science, 19 (2), (pp. 111-120) (10 p.).
  2004 - Professional publications
Berendsen, H.J.A., Cohen, K.M. & Hoek, W.Z. (2004). The Holocene Rhine-Meuse Delta (Die holozane Flusslandschaft des Rhein-Maas Deltas). DEUQUA Excursion Guide 2004 (pp. 131-189) (59 p.). DEUQUA.
Kasse, C. & Hoek, W.Z. (2004). Climate-controlled fluvial evolution of the Maas and Niers during the Weichselian and Holocene. DEUQUA Excursion Guide 2004 (pp. 19-78) (60 p.). DEUQUA.
  2002 - Scholarly publications
Hoek, W.Z. & Bohncke, S.J.P. (2002). Climatic and environmental events over the last termination, as recorded in The Netherlands. Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 81 (1), (pp. 123-137) (15 p.).
  2001 - Scholarly publications
Hoek, W. Z. & Bohncke, S. J. P. (2001). Oxygen-isotope wiggle matching as a tool for synchronising ice-core and terrestrial records over Termination 1. Quaternary Science Reviews, 20 (11), (pp. 1251-1264) (14 p.).
Hoek, W.Z. (2001). Vegetation response to the 14.7 and 11.5 ka cal. BP climate transitions: is vegetation lagging climate?. Global and Planetary Change, 30 (Issues 1-2), (pp. 103-115) (13 p.).
Lowe, J.J., Hoek, W.Z. & INTIMATE Group, [No Value] (2001). Inter-regional correlation of palaeoclimatic records for the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition: a protocol for improved precision recommended by the INTIMATE project group. Quaternary Science Reviews, 20 (Issue 11), (pp. 1175-1187) (13 p.).
Renssen, H., Isarin, R.F.B., Vandenberghe, J., Workshop participants, [No Value] & Hoek, W.Z. (2001). Rapid climatic warning at the end of the last glacial: new perspectives. Global and Planetary Change, 30 (1-2), (pp. 155-165) (11 p.).
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PhD supervison as co-promotor:

  • Gilles Erkens (2009, UU-FG): Fluvial activity in the Rhine catchment over the last 15,000 yrs.
  • Nelleke van Asch (2012, NWO-TOPTALENT): Rapid climate oscillations during the Bølling-Allerød interstadial.
  • Annelies van Hoesel (2014, Focus&Massa-UU): The Younger Dryas climate change: was it caused by an extraterrestrial impact?
  • Marieke van Dinter (2017, Domplein-UU): Living along the Limes: landscape and settlement in the lower Rhine Delta during Roman and Early Medieval times.
  • Harm-Jan Pierik (2017, NWO-GW): Past human-landscape interactions in the Netherlands: reconstructions from sand belt to coastal-delta plain for the first millenium AD.
  • Kees Nooren (2017, NWO-ALW): Holocene evolution of the Tabasco delta - Mexico: impact of climate, volcanism and humans.
  • Enno Bregman (Province of Drenthe): Glacial landscapes
  • Marjolein Bouman (NWO-GW): Vegetation and climate change in the Dark Ages.
  • Fabian Ercan (NWO-ALW): Growing season changes in northern high latitudes.


My research in 15 selected publications

I have selected the following scientific publications out of my publication list. The selection is in chronological order and contains publications in a variety of journals. The selection partly reflects what I have been doing since finalizing my PhD thesis in 1997.

The first papers are follow-up papers from my PhD-research and my involvement in the INTIMATE project on the INTegration of Ice-core, MArine and TErrestrial records, which is still ongoing and resulting in several highly-cited publications in a.o. Quaternary Science Reviews, Quaternary International, Journal of Quaternary Science, Episodes, and Nature Communications.

1) This paper builds on my PhD thesis work and shows that vegetation may be capable to respond fast to rapid climatic ameliorations. It is based on the large database of pollen diagrams, biostratigraphic zonation and 14C-dated zone boundaries. I designed the research and wrote the paper.

  • Hoek, W.Z. (2001) Vegetation response to the 14.7 and 11.5 ka yrs BP climate transitions: is vegetation lagging climate? Global and Planetary Change 30, 103-115.

2) This paper is for me the first one in a sequence of INTIMATE papers, I became involved in this project in the 1990ties and was involved in a series of papers as contributor or in my role as secretary, president, and workgroup chair. For this paper I contributed to the writing.

  • Lowe, J.J., W.Z. Hoek & INTIMATE group (2001) Inter-regional correlation of palaeoclimatic records for the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition: a protocol for improved precision recommended by the INTIMATE project group. Quaternary Science Reviews 20, 1175-1187.

3) In this paper the use of lacustrine oxygen isotopes for stratigraphic correlation is advocated. It is also shown that minor changes in vegetation development might be independent of temperature. I designed the research, performed fieldwork and the analyses and wrote the paper, Sjoerd Bohncke contributed to the fieldwork and writing.

  • Hoek, W.Z. & S.J.P. Bohncke (2001) Oxygen-isotope wiggle-matching as a tool for synchronising ice-core and terrestrial records over Termination 1. Quaternary Science Reviews 20, 1251-1264.

4) This paper provides an overview of the environmental changes and shows the interaction of climate, vegetation, and landscape changes, a subject that I regard as my specialism. Sjoerd Bohncke and I designed the research and wrote the paper together.

  • Hoek, W.Z. & S.J.P. Bohncke (2002) Climatic and environmental events over the Last Termination, as recorded in The Netherlands: a review. Geologie & Mijnbouw/The Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 81, 123-137.

5) The next paper is the result of the international cooperation with RHUL colleagues within the framework of INTIMATE. PhD-students Siwan Davies, and Sean Pyne-O’Donnell studied the Kostverloren Veen pingo-remnant for Lateglacial tephra and found at that time the most southern occurrence of the Vedde Ash. John Lowe and I designed the research; I selected the site, coordinated the fieldwork, performed pollen analysis and stratigraphic correlation, and contributed to the writing.

  • Davies, S.M., W.Z. Hoek, S.J.P. Bohncke, J.J. Lowe, S. Pyne O’Donnell & C.S.M. Turney (2005) Detection of Late-glacial distal tephra layers in the Netherlands. Boreas 34, 123-135.

6) In 2005 Hanneke Bos and I organized a KNAW Academy Colloquium in Amsterdam on Early Holocene climate oscillations. We edited a special issue in Quaternary Science Reviews based on the papers presented during this workshop. The following paper focuses on the main objectives and results from this international workshop.

  • Hoek, W.Z. & J.A.A. Bos (2007) Early Holocene Climate Oscillations – causes and consequences. Quaternary Science Reviews 26, 1901-1906.

7) One of the main issues within INTIMATE is stratigraphic correlation. The following paper is part of a special issue in Episodes about the stratigraphic sub-division of the Quaternary.

  • Hoek, W.Z. (2008) The Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition. Episodes 31(2), 226-229.

8) The paper by Birks at al. is part of one of the special issues in Quaternary International, resulting from international workshops I organized within the framework of the INTIMATE COST action ES0907, in this case on the interactions of climate and environmental changes with archaeology.

  • Birks, H.H., E. Robinson, V. Gelorini & W.Z. Hoek (2015) Impacts of palaeoclimate change 48,000-8000 years ago on humans and their environments: integrating palaeoenvironmental and archaeological data. Quaternary International 378, 4-13.


For the following papers I was involved as supervisor, and therefore mentioned as second or last author. For these studies I designed the research, took active part in fieldwork, analyses, and writing.

9) The paper by Kasse et al. can be regarded as a follow-up on my previous work as a doctoral student with Erik Schorn in the ‘Land van Maas en Waal’, which was supervised by Henk Berendsen, and the research conducted in the Meuse valley by my VU-colleagues Kees Kasse and Sjoerd Bohncke. This paper combines fluvial geomorphology and palynology, with a series of detailed coring transects.

  • Kasse, C., W.Z. Hoek, S.J.P. Bohncke, M. Konert, J.W.H. Weijers, R.M. Van der Zee & M. Cassee (2005) Late Glacial fluvial response of the Niers-Rhine (western Germany) to climate and vegetation change. Journal of Quaternary Science 20, 377-394.

10) The paper by my first PhD student Gilles Erkens et al. is illustrating the integration of several methods for geomorphological reconstruction that I use: coring, cross-sectioning, mapping, dating (AMS/OSL), palynology. This study shows the complex interplay between several external and internal factors (e.g. climate, preservation potential, tectonics, human activity) in the formation of river terraces in Germany. 

  • Erkens, G., R. Dambeck, K.P. Volleberg, M.T.I.J. Bouman, J.A.A. Bos, K.M. Cohen, J. Wallinga & W.Z. Hoek (2009) Fluvial terrace formation in the Northern Upper Rhine Graben during the last 20,000 years as a result of allogenic controls and autogenic evolution. Geomorphology 103, 476–495.

11) I became involved in a study which started as an unfinished sea-level study, when Ir. Kees Nooren approached me for core material to perform a palaeoecological study to the human impact of the Maya on vegetation. When opening the cores we found several tephra-layers, wrote the following paper on tephrostratigraphy and a bit later a successful PhD proposal for NWO:   

  • Nooren, C.A.M., W.Z. Hoek, L.A. Tebbens & A.L. Martin del Pozzo (2009) Late Holocene Eruption History of El Chichón Volcano and its Impact on the Maya Lowlands. Geofisica Internacional 48(1), 97-112.

12) For this study we used different proxies for climate reconstruction for a site in Ireland. PhD student Nelleke van Asch specialized in the use of chironomids, pollen and isotopes. This is the first paper of a West-East Transect study, funded as NWO-TOPTALENT project to investigate the climate gradients from the Atlantic into Germany, following the INTIMATE approach

  • van Asch, N., A.F. Lutz, M.C.H. Duijkers, O. Heiri, S.J. Brooks & W.Z. Hoek (2012) Rapid climate change during the Weichselian Lateglacial in Ireland: a multi-proxy record from Fiddaun, Co. Galway. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 315/316, 1-11.

13) The next paper is focusing on chronology, and particularly on the dating of charcoal in the Usselo-layer, which according to another group of authors should be related to an extra-terrestrial impact that might have caused the Younger Dryas cold event. We tend not to believe this, and under supervision of Martyn Drury and me, PhD student Annelies van Hoesel has been looking for different lines of evidence to disprove the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis:

  • van Hoesel, A., W.Z. Hoek, F. Braadbaart, J. van der Plicht, G.M. Pennock & M.R Drury (2012) Nanodiamonds and wildfire evidence in the Usselo horizon post-date the Allerød-Younger Dryas boundary. PNAS 109, 7648-7653.

14) This paper is an example of the fieldwork and research that I undertake with MSc students (e.g. Marlies Janssens & Heidi Greaves) and shows again the interaction between geomorphology, palynology, and dating. Furthermore, it nicely illustrates the work I have been doing as editor and editor-in-chief of the journal NJG from 2003-2013 to improve the lay-out and create an attractive full-colour journal with (delayed) Open Access. NB for this contribution I was not involved in the editorial process. 

  • Janssens, M.M., C. Kasse, S.J.P. Bohncke, H. Greaves, K.M. Cohen, J. Wallinga & W.Z. Hoek (2012) Climate-driven fluvial development and valley abandonment at the last glacial-interglacial transition (Oude IJssel-Rhine, Germany). Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 91, 37-62.

15) Another example of fieldwork and research that I undertake with students resulted in the following paper for which BSc student Philip Minderhoud worked on a new method to construct age-depth models using the sedimentological information in channel fill deposits.

  • Minderhoud, P.S.J., K.M. Cohen, W.H.J. Toonen, G. Erkens & W.Z. Hoek (2016) Improving age-depth models of lacustrine deposits using sedimentary proxies for accumulation rates. Quaternary Geochronology 33, 35-45.


The Dark Age of the Lowlands in an interdisciplinary light
01.12.2012 to 01.09.2019
General project description 

This research programme focuses on a period of severe pan-European economic and demographic change: the Late Roman Period (AD 300-500) and Early Middle Ages (AD 500- 1000). Physical-geographical and biogeological data point at marked climatic variability and changing landscapes during this time interval. In geomorphologically sensitive regions such as river deltas and coastal areas these changes must have had a noticeable impact on the location and lay-out of urban centres and rural settlements, land use and subsistence strategies, and connections of population centres to their economical ‘hinterland’. Recent developments in digital infrastructure in the Humanities and Geosciences in the Netherlands for the first time enable us to study these phenomena from an interregional and interdisciplinary perspective.

We study how settlement dynamics, land use, infrastructure, demography and trade between AD 300 and 1000 were related to changes of the landscape and climate, focusing on the Lowlands’ geomorphologically most sensitive regions. This reconstruction takes place within three complementary PhD-projects, in the realms of archaeology, physical geography and biogeology. Project A focuses on occupation patterns and land use in coastal, river and Pleistocene sandy regions, project B on natural geomorphologic landscape dynamics in these regions, and project C on vegetation changes and climate.

Results will be synthesized in an interdisciplinary reconstruction of the interactions between cultural and environmental dynamics in the Lowlands between AD 300 and 1000 in a broader northwest-European context. The study will greatly improve the archaeological understanding of dynamics in the Early Medieval Lowlands and strongly enhance the framework for future research of this key period.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant: NWO-Humanities
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof. dr. ir. Theo Spek - University of Groningen
  • Dr. Bert Groenewoudt - Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
  • Drs. Menne Kosian - Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
Delta Evolution / Rhine-Meuse Delta Studies
01.01.2005 to 31.12.2020
General project description 

Delta Evolution is the label we use since 2005, for the Utrecht University research line in Lowland Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology, carried out by the Department of Physical Geography, in cooperation with other institutes. Delta Evolution is also the label put on the strategic research cooperation (since 2008) of the group with departments in Deltares Research Institute and TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands, that have their offices on the Utrecht science campus too. The Delta Evolution program also connects to the network of alumni of Physical Geographers and Quaternary Geologists active in commercial consultancy companies and governmental agencies in the field of water management, hydrology, civil engineering, nature conservation and archaeology in The Netherlands and to colleagues at other universities - with whom we collaborate in shared projects. Our research and networks extend to deltas internationally - see the pages of the Future Deltas focus area for example. 

The Netherlands and the Rhine-Meuse delta in it are strongholds for our research. Our scientific research treats this delta as the mega-case, to draw smaller cases from - and to compare with other delta systems (other mega-cases) to test and validate what part of our insights are delta-specific and what is generic. The lowlands that the program focuses on include: delta plains, coastal plains, larger river valleys, peat wetlands, lagoon and fenlands and so on. These areas connect to upstream catchments and coastal marine systems downstream. Besides holding sedimentary and geomorphic record of their dynamic formation (lowland genesis, natural and human impacts thereon), the lowlands are also archives that recorded change of the upstream catchment (size of floods and amounts of sediment received), the coastal system (transgression, tides, barrier coasts, storms), the climate system (storms, precipitation, temperature), the biological system (vegetation and fauna, aquatic, riparian, terrestrial), the deeper earth (neoteconics, glaciohydro-isostasy), and archeological history (finds, sites, use of landscape). This feeds interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. Also, the better the build-up, making-of and age of the lowlands is understood (data integration, synthesis), the better the archives and science based on becomes (duplication, cross-validation, stacking). This is a main reason to carry-over mapping and dating knowledge from individual projects to Delta Evolution's living datasets, that in turn feed into new projects.

Delta Evolution as an umbrella programma, bundles series of PhD/Postdoc projects and contract-research projects and includes long-term dataset management from and between these projects. Goals in Delta Evolution at present are:

1. Perform novel scientific research in Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology of lowland areas,

  • by using and expanding the present datasets (already huge and of high quality) and knowledge (from several disciplines), 

  • by exploring the limits of our process-understanding and innovate the techniques of modelling geomorphology to cover longer timescales (1000-100,000 years), 

  • by pushing the resolution and accuracy of our mapping and dating, and innovate the techniques that combine these (GIS palaeogeography, 3D/4D geomodelling),

  • by striving to time-slice the evolution of deltas and quantify rates of morphological, sedimentary and hydrological change as they were changing over time (thus documenting shifts in controls)

  • by addressing research questions on the delta system at nested spatial, temporal and functional scales (whole delta, individual branches and swamps, fluvial vs. tidal affected reaches, human-impacted, semi-natural, natural parts of the system's suites of environments and processes; transgressive vs high-stand periods).

  • by combining new-collected data from field- and lab work with existing data, statistical analysis and physical numerical modelling.

2.  Synchronize the academic delta research with applied research activities

  • by valorizing new scientific insights early on in national mapping projects and geological/geotechnical/geohydrological advice.

  • by making early use of data-collection opportunities arising from larger infrastructural projects in the Netherlands delta, in academic research.

  • by topping up scientific research with contract-research and vice-versa: have exchange of input data, syncing the interpretation, and reviewing the data output.

  • by releasing high-quality data-sets and update these from time to time: take-in, monitoring and review of applied and academic research results from 3rd parties.

  • by taking up advisory roles, if possible in early stages, in projects that demand geological-geomorphological  information for plannig and decision making.

  • by connecting the Delta Evolution research output to internationally actual themes such as: global change, sustainability, climate change, sea-level change and land subsidence, delta urbanisation, environmental pressure, groundwater demand, hydrocarbon demand, ecological demand, interdisciplinarity science demand. See the pages of the Future Deltas focus area for examples. 


Role Researcher Funding
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Deltares
  • TNO Geologische Dienst Nederland

Completed projects

Holocene sedimentary flood history of the Lower Rhine 01.03.2009 to 01.05.2016
General project description

Severe floods caused extensive damage and life-loss throughout Europe over the last decades. The magnitude and the short recurrence interval between large events in several river systems, have raised questions about the actual safety standards for flood protection. In The Netherlands it was reason to raise the 1,250-yr design flood for river dikes in the Netherlands (Waterwet, 2009) from 15,000 to ~16,000 m3/s. A major problem in coupling magnitudes of observed floods to a statistical recurrence time interval, is the uncertainty in recurrence that originates from limited number of actually observed-and-measured large floods: a 110-year interval of discharge data can be presumed to poorly represent the distribution of extremes through time. Non-stationarity of the flooding regime further complicates the use of short discharge records for flood frequency analysis, as it is not expected that the distribution and magnitudes of floods is fixed in time. During the Holocene, climate variability and growing human influence have exerted perturbations to the fluvial system, which translates to gradual changes in flood probabilities.

In this research, we unlocked information on historic and prehistoric floods, by harvesting information from sedimentary records from oxbow lake fills of the Lower Rhine, through detailed continuous grainsize analysis on the irregularly lamintated deeper lake-fill facies (laboratory effort at Utrecht University and VU Amsterdam). With this data, we could extend the more commonly used observational records on Rhine floods (Lobith discharge measurements back to 1901, water level measurements back to 1772). We produced (PhD thesis dataset and peer-reviewed papers): quantitative discharge reconstructions back to 1772 (assessment of water level readings); sediment-based peak-discharge magnitude reconstructions back to 1550 (from the Bienener Alt-Rhein oxbow fill), and millenia-long continous sedimentary flood-event occurence and intensity records from a stack of oxbow fills (sampled in the Rhine upper delta/lower valley in the Netherlands/Germany), resolving each 1/25 year flood back to 500 AD and each 1/100 year flood back to 8200 years ago. Besides in Rhine river management (flood safety assesment, design of dikes and river bed), the results find application in archaeology (Postdoc add-on: event-registration in medieval river cities, taphonomy of Roman Limes sites), river process-geomorphology (stability of bifurcations, success and failure of avulsions) and Rhine floodplain geological mapping (event-stratigraphy, palaeomeander preservation 'half life').

The project Floods of the past - Design for tomorrow (Utrecht University and Twente University, funded by NWO-STW Water2015 call), the NWO-ALW Rubicon  personal grant to Dr. Willem Toonen (Oct 2014 - March 2017 at Aberystwyth University, Wales UK), and Sedimentary flood history research for the Lower Meuse valley at VU Amsterdam (Fei Peng MSc on a Chinese national grant, supervision Dr. M. Prins et al.) are follow ups to this project. The results are also used within our 'Dark Ages in an interdisciplinary light' project (Utrecht University).

Role Researcher Funding
External funding: PhD candidate 2009-2013: Deltares; Postdoc 2014: Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed; Supervision 2009-2016: Deltares
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr. Maarten Prins - Grainsize lab Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Dr. H.J.T. Weerts - RCE Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
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I am coordinator and main lecturer of the following courses:

GEO1-4102/4192: Systeem Aarde 2: vormen en processen aan het aardoppervlak (BSc lecture course)

GEO4-4409: Reconstructing Quaternary Environments (MSc lecture course) 


Furthermore, I contribute to the following courses, as guest lecturer, fieldwork and/or thesis supervisor:

GEO2-4210: Mens en Landschap (guest lecture in BSc lecture course)

GEO3-4303: Quaternary Climate and Global Change (guest lecture in BSc lecture course)

GEO3-4207: Veldwerk 2 Laaglandgenese (BSc fieldwork instruction & supervision)

GEO3-1324: Bachelorthesis Earth Sciences (thesis supervision)

GEO4-1520: Graduation Research, MSc Earth Sciences (fieldwork, research and thesis supervision)

GEO4-1521: MSc guided research (field/laboratory research supervision)



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Additional functions and activities

International activities include:

  • NL representative European Pollen database (2008-present);
  • Corresponding member of the INQUA Palaeoclimate Commission (2007-present);
  • NL representative for the INQUA International Council (2008-present);
  • Scientific Advisory Board member Niedersächsisches Institut für historische Küstenforschung, Wilhelmshaven (2018-present);


National activities include:

  • Chair INQUA-NL Commissie (2008-present);
  • Steering Group member Netherlands Centre for Luminescence dating, NCL (2005-present);
  • Advisory Board member Dendrochronology RING Foundation (2011-present);
  • Advisory Board member Geopark Heuvelrug Foundation (2017-present);
  • Board member Royal Dutch Geographical Society, KNAG (2018-present);


Editorial activities:

  • Associate editor Netherlands Journal of Geosciences (2003-2007);
  • Editor-in-Chief Netherlands Journal of Geosciences (2008-2013);
  • Editorial board member Netherlands Journal of Geosciences (2013-present);
  • Editorial board member Elsevier Quaternary Geochronology (2005-present);
  • Editorial board member Elsevier Journal of the Geologists Association (2008-present);
  • Guest editor Quaternary Science Reviews Special Issue on Early Holocene Climate Oscillations: causes and consequences (Vol. 26: 15-16, August 2007).
  • Guest editor Quaternary Science Reviews Special Issue on INTegration of Ice-core, MArine, and TErrestrial records (INTIMATE):  Refining the record of the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition (Vol. 27: 1-2, January 2008).
  • Guest editor Quaternary International Special Issue on Ecosystem responses to palaeoclimate change 60,000-8000 years ago: integrating palaeoenvironmental and archaeological datasets (Vol. 378: August 2015).
  • Guest editor Quaternary International Special Issue on Climate change and impacts between 60,000 and 8000 years ago in Central and Eastern Europe (Vol. 288: November 2015).
  • Manuscript referee for: Basin Research; Boreas; Catena; Earth Surface, Processes and Landforms; Ecological Indicators; Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences; Geoderma; Geomorphology; Holocene; Journal of Quaternary Science; Netherlands Journal of Geosciences (Geologie & Mijnbouw); Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; PNAS; Quaternaire; Quaternary Geochronology; Quaternary International; Quaternary Research; Quaternary Science Journal (Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart); Quaternary Science Reviews; Radiocarbon; Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology; Vegetation History and Archaeobotany;


Membership of national and international professional organisations:

  • KNAG, KNGMG, Quaternary Research Association (QRA), Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG), Deutsche Quartärvereinigung (DEUQUA), Association Française pour l’Étude du Quaternaire (AFEQ), European Geoscience Union (EGU). 


External (PhD) Examination Committee member:

  • Dr Johanna Bos: ‘Aspects of the Lateglacial-Early Holocene Vegetation Development in Western Europe: palynological investigations in Brabant (The Netherlands) and Hessen (Germany)’. Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Utrecht University, 16 October 1998.
  • Dr Angelica Feurdean: ’Paleoenvironment in northwestern Romania during the last 15,000 years’. Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden, 6 May 2004.
  • Dr Jonas Bergman: ‘Tree-limit ecotonal response to Holocene climate change in the Scandes Mountains of west-central Sweden’. Department of Quaternary Geology, Lund University, Sweden, 3 June 2005.
  • Dr Signe Ulfeldt Hede: ‘Relative sea-level changes of the Littorina Sea recorded by sedimentological, biological and geochemical parameters in an east Danish lake and an ancient lagoon’. Department of Geography and Geology, Copenhagen University, Denmark, 31 October 2007.
  • Dr Morten Fisher Mortensen: ‘Biostratigraphy and chronology of the terrestrial late Weichselian in Denmark - New investigations of the vegetation development based on pollen and plant macrofossils in the Slotseng basin’. Department of Earth Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, 30 November 2007.
  • Dr Welmoed Soepboer: ‘The modelling of past land cover – a Swiss case study’. Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Utrecht University, 10 December 2007.
  • Drs Simon van Bellen: Examen de synthèse, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 30 May 2008.
  • Dr Frederieke Verbruggen: ‘Stable oxygen isotopes in fossil chironomids’. Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Utrecht University, 25 February 2010.
  • Dr Cedric van Meerbeeck: ‘Modelling abrupt glacial climate change – On the expression of millennial-scale events in Europe and the North Atlantic Region during Marine Isotope Stage 3’. Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije universiteit Amsterdam, 2 July 2010.
  • Dr Giovanni Bogota: ‘Pleistocene centennial-scale vegetational, environmental and climatic change in the Colombian Andes: based on biotic and abiotic proxy analyses from Lake Fúquene sediments’. Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, 29 Juni 2011.
  • Dr Ingelinn Aarnes: ‘Vegetation and climate change during the deglaciation (15 000 to 7000 cal yr BP) on Andøya, northern Norway’. Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway, 17 February 2012.
  • Dr Didier Soto: ‘Analyse géographique des changements climatiques des surfaces continentales de l’espace Nord-Atlantique pendant le Tardiglaciaire würmien’. Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France, 3 December 2012. 
  • Dr Laura Buckles:Unravelling sources and sinks of branched and isoprenoid tetraether membrane lipids in two lakes: implications for their use as geochemical tracer’. Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, 27 May 2015.
  • Dr Francesco Muschitiello: 'Deglacial impact of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet on the North Atlantic climate system'. Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden, 13 May 2016.
  • Dr Yurui Zhang: 'Holocene temperature trends in the Northern Hemisphere extratropics'. Faculty of Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 20 November 2017.


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