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Perturbation of the global carbon cycle

Utrecht and Texel, the Netherlands

4 - 15 July 2011 (full time two week course)


Course material

The first edition of the Darwin Summer School will address the perturbation of the global carbon cycle, in the past, present and future. Main subjects will be ocean acidification and the carbon cycle, microbial ecology and biomarkers and terrestrial carbon cycling. Renowned scientists like Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, Jack Middelburg, Jelle Bijma, Henry Hooghiemstra and many others will provide you with the latest results in research on these subjects. This Summer School is all about interdisciplinary research: you are expected to work on the interface of biology, earth sciences, chemistry and physics.


For whom?

This Summer School aims at enthusiastic and motivated MSc students, and PhD students interested in a state-of-the-art introduction to the field of biogeosciences.

High quality program

The Darwin Center comprises a pool of excellent lecturers, who are renowned in their fields. This, combined with two foreign experts, will provide you with an attractive, high quality program.

Program Darwin Summer School

Theme descriptions

- Ocean Acidification
- System Earth in Time
- Terrestrial Carbon Cycling
- Development and Application of Proxies
- Modeling workshop: scientific computing in R
- Organic Geochemistry
- Microbiology

Course directors

Laura Villanueva (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Lennart de Nooijer (Utrecht University)



Hein de Baar (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Jelle Bijma (Alfred Wegener Institute)

Paul Bodelier (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Henk Bolhuis (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Eric Boschker (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Huub op den Camp (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Jaap Sinninghe Damsté (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Gerald Ganssen (VU University Amsterdam)

Gerhard Herndl (University of Vienna)

Henry Hooghiemstra (University of Amsterdam)

Carina Hoorn (University of Amsterdam)

Ellen Hopmans (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Ko van Huissteden (VU University Amsterdam)

Boris Jansen (University of Amsterdam)

Jan Keltjens (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Karoliina Koho (Utrecht University)

Riks Laanbroek (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Lucas Lourens (Utrecht University)

Filip Meysman (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Jack Middelburg (Utrecht University)

Lennart de Nooijer (Utrecht University)

Ann Pearson (Harvard)

Gert-Jan Reichart (Utrecht University)

Stefan Schouten (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Caroline Slomp (Utrecht University)

Appy Sluijs (Utrecht University)

Karline Soetaert (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Howard Spero (UC Davis)

Lucas Stal (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Klaas Timmermans (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Laura Villanueva (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)

Mariette Wolthers (Utrecht University)


• € 895 - Course + course materials + housing (Utrecht & Texel) + some socials

• € 560 - same as above but without housing in Utrecht



A limited number of scholarships in the form of (partial) fee waivers intended for talented students is available. The amount of the scholarship will be 560 euros. There are no travel grants. If you seek financial support you should state your request (by e-mail to ) by describing the reasons for applying to this Summer School and how your participation will assist you in future studies and your career. You should motivate your financial situation and other means you have available for financing your participation to this Summer School. The applications for scholarships will undergo a selection procedure and you will be informed on this before 3 June.

Application deadline

1 June 2011


You can apply by filling in the webform on the Utrecht Summer School website.

Your application should include:

- A short letter of motivation
- A short curriculum vitae
- A reference from a teacher or supervisor


More information

Martijn Deenen

T: +31 30 253 5169


Darwin Center for Biogeosciences

The Darwin Center for Biogeosciences is a successful network promoting truly interdisciplinary research on how System Earth is working under continuously changing conditions. The Center integrates 20 excellent Dutch research groups into a single national institute. The 64 research projects started to date involve 52 PhD students and 12 postdocs working on research topics such as climate reconstructions, the carbon and nitrogen cycle, microbiological processes and ocean acidification.