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My main interest is aeolian dust of which I study two aspects:

1) the depositional aspect allows me to study dust dispersal in the geologic past. Just like rivers nearly always flow to the sea and deliver sediments, winds always blow off land masses and deposit dust in the ocean. Using such marine archives of sediment deposition, I try to reconstruct past environmental conditions in dust-source regions.

2) the marine-environmental effects that dust has are most likely enormous. Desert dust contains all kinds of nutrients and metals, from which marine life can profit. In a couple of projects I am trying to answer the question if dust can be used as an artifical fertiliser for the ocean. We think that this is happening in nature, and should this be the case, we could potentially apply it as a means to combat climate change.


I try to add a bit of "marine flavour" to the broad palet of studies at the faculty. At the moment I am contributing to:

1) the BSc course "sedimentary environments" (with Maarten Prins),

2) the MSc course "marine geology and palaeoclimatology" (with Frank Peeters)

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Research Output 2003 2019

The mysterious long-range transport of giant mineral dust particles

van der Does, M., Knippertz, P., Zschenderlein, P., Giles Harrison, R. & Stuut, J. B. W., 12 Dec 2018, In : Science advances. 4, 12, p. 1-9 9 p., eaau2768

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Atlantic Ocean
Carbon Cycle

Downward particle fluxes of biogenic matter and Saharan dust across the equatorial North Atlantic

Korte, L. F., Brummer, G. J. A., Van Der Does, M., Guerreiro, C. V., Hennekam, R., Van Hateren, J. A., Jong, DI., Munday, C. I., Schouten, S. & Stuut, J. B. W., 16 May 2017, In : Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 17, 9, p. 6023-6040 18 p.

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Open Access
sediment trap

Particle size traces modern Saharan dust transport and deposition across the equatorial North Atlantic

Van Der Does, M., Korte, L. F., Munday, C. I., Brummer, G. J. A. & Stuut, J. B. W., 4 Nov 2016, In : Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 16, 21, p. 13697-13710 14 p.

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Open Access
particle size
settling velocity

Marine Isotope Stage 4 in Australasia: A full glacial culminating 65,000 years ago – Global connections and implications for human dispersal

De Deckker, P., Arnold, L. J., van der Kaars, S., Bayon, G., Stuut, J-B. W., Perner, K., Lopes dos Santos, R., Uemura, R. & Demuro, M., 2019, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 204, p. 187-207 21 p.

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Australasian region
marine isotope stage
Last Glacial Maximum
sea level

Aeolian transport and deposition of plant wax n-alkanes across the tropical North Atlantic Ocean

Schreuder, L. T., Stuut, J. B. W., Korte, L. F., Sinninghe Damsté, J. S. & Schouten, S., 1 Jan 2018, In : Organic Geochemistry. 115, p. 113-123 11 p.

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Open Access