Analytical, Environmental and Geo- Chemistry


Brussel Paleis der Academien
30/07/2018 - 08:00

AMGC organizes the Cyclostratigraphy Intercomparison Project 2018 Workshop in Brussels

From July 30 till August 01, 2018 the AMGC research group will organize the Cyclostratigraphy Intercomparison Project 2018 Workshop in the ‘Paleis de Academiën” in Brussels.

The main goal of this 3-day workshop is to test reproducibility, standardization of results and uncertainties in the field of cyclostratigraphy by studying three case studies in detail...

14/12/2017 - 16:00

AMGC Seminar Thursday 14 December 2017 – 16.00 h


By Pim Kaskes, MSc, PhD Researcher AMGC VUB

Drones ‘n Dinosaurs: An integrated 3D model of the Naturalis’ Triceratops Bonebed in Wyoming

Since 2013, the National Natural History Museum of the Netherlands, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, is unearthing the largest bonebed of the horned dinosaur Triceratops discovered so far. At least six individuals of Triceratops are identified...

Zenne Anderlecht
06/12/2017 - 16:00

AMGC Seminar Wednesday 6 December 2017 – 16.00 h


By Natacha Brion,  AMGC VUB

Since historical times, riversides are preferential settlement places for human life and activities, ultimately leading to the development of Cities. Available water resources are not only essential to ensure human’s vital functions, they are also used for the production of food, goods, and energy, as transport routes and as evacuation ways for domestic and industrial waste products...

01/10/2017 - 11:30

KVAB De Jaarprijzen wetenschapscommunicatie

Filip Meysman (VUB) en Huib Huyse (KUL) worden onderscheiden voor hun uitmuntend Citizen Science project met een zeer grote betrokkenheid van de lokale bevolking: inwoners van Antwerpen zelf laten ontdekken hoe het gesteld is met de luchtkwaliteit in hun straat en hen op die manier zelf ambassadeur laten worden van maatregelen voor een gezondere lucht...



04/09/2017 - 12:15

De Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (Internationale vereniging van vertebraten paleontologen) reikt jaarlijks de Steven Cohen Award for Student Research uit. Dit is een aanmoedigingsprijs voor studenten die een bijdrage hebben geleverd aan het onderzoek naar gewervelden paleontologie. De prijs bestaat uit een erkenning en een bedrag van 3000 euro te besteden aan vervolgonderzoek. Niels de Winter van de AMGC onderzoeksgroep krijgt de Cohen Prize dit jaar voor zijn onderzoek naar seizoenaliteit van sporenelementen concentraties in zoogdiertanden (de Winter et al., 2016, PLoS One 11 (11), e0166678)

Investigadores Belgas
22/05/2017 - 12:30

Recently, members of the VUB AMGC research group (PhD-student Matthias Sinnesael (FWO) and former PhD-student dr. David De Vleeschouwer (MARUM, Bremen)) visited prof. Miroslav Zivanovic from the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in UPNA, Pamplona. This visit is a part of an international collaboration between geologists and engineers who have joined their forces in the study of cyclic (paleo-) climate research. The geologists are experienced and interested in cyclostratigraphy while the engineers – also in collaboration with VUB professor Johan Schoukens from the ELEC research group - have an extensive knowhow in the field of signal processing.

15/05/2017 - 20:00

The BBC documentary called “The Day Dinosaurs Died” on IODP exp. 364 will be shown on BBC 2 Monday evening at 9 PM (London time, 22:00 local time)

12/04/2017 - 08:00

Former AMGC Dr. David De Vleeschouwer heads new IGCP project “ IGCP 652, Reading Geologic time in Paleozoic Sedimentary Rocks”

IGCP = International Geosciences Programme Projects, funded by UNESCO

Major events punctuated the Paleozoic: ecological crises and diversifications, shifts in ocean chemistry, climatic changes, etc. One of the key-obstacles in understanding these events lays in the difficulty of providing precise estimates of the duration represented by a sequence of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks. This lack of temporal precision severely hampers the evaluation of forcing mechanisms and rates of climatic, ecological or biogeochemical changes in the Paleozoic. It is therefore essential to first improve the Paleozoic timescale to then unravel the history of the Paleozoic Earth system.

Laurine Budorf
04/04/2017 - 07:45

Laurine Burdorf (PhD student of Filip Meysman) recently won the ‘VLIZ Brilliant Marine Research Idea’ award. This award (up to 5000 euro) allows Laurine to execute a brilliant idea during her PhD within the frame of her research on cable bacteria. Laurine will use this to find out, on the level of genetics, ‘who’ exactly those interesting bacteria are …

We are looking forward to the results and congratulate Laurine with her brilliant idea!

Impactite, and shocked granite from IODP - ICDP core
06/03/2017 - 09:30


The AMGC group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel recruits PhD students to work on the IODP-ICDP core in the KT boundary Chicxulub crater.

In April 2016, IODP-ICDP drilled a core down to 1335 m in the 200 km in size Chicxulub crater,  offshore  Yucatan  (see  In  the  Fall
2016, the recovered material was described and sampled at the IODP Bremen core repository. Samples from the KT boundary interval, impactites, and uplifted granitic basement are available at  the VUB.  Building  on  more  than  25  years  at  the  forefront  of  KT  research,  the  proposed doctoral  theses  are  financed  by  different  projects  focusing  on  the  study  of  the  material recovered by the IODP-ICDP drilling.  The goals are to  document the cratering process, peak-ring  formation  and  melt  production,  understand  ejecta  production  and  deposition, 

  1.  constrain the products injected into the atmosphere, and their effect on the mass extinction,
  2. test the proposed connection between Chixculub and Deccan trap volcanism (see Renne et al. 2015), 
  3.  learn  from  Chicxulub  to  understand  the  evolution  of  terrestrial  planets…  

All  new ideas are welcome, so are interaction with other AMGC members working on similar topics.

The PhD funding is for a duration of max. 4 years. Starting dates are flexible, preferentially Spring  -  Summer  2017. Applications  will  remain  open  until  all  positions  are  filled.  Enthusiastic and  motivated  scientists  are  encouraged  to  apply. The  PhD  salary  makes  it  possible  to  live comfortably in Brussels and includes benefits (transport, medical etc.).