Dr. Philippe Claeys is a geologist, planetary scientist and geochemist interested in documenting the consequences of asteroid and comet impacts on the evolution of the biogeosphere.
He currently heads the interdisciplinary research unit Earth System Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels; he is also a visiting professor at Ghent University, Catholic University Leuven and University of Liège.
When he is not travelling the world looking for clues to better understand 4.5 billion years of evolution of planet Earth, he enjoys working in the lab with PhD students and postdocs on projects ranging from astrobiology to geoarcheology. A current hot topic is the search for meteorites in the blue ice fields surrounding the Belgian station Princess Elisabeth in Antarctica.
He is currently head of the VUB research unit Analytical, Environmental, & Geo-Chemistry (AMGC).