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Philippe Claeys

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  • Full Professor
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Analytical-Environmantal-, and Geo-Chemistry
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Research interests

Paleoclimates - PaleoenvironmentsEnvironmental geochemistryGeo-ArcheologyCyclostratigraphyStable isotopesUrban water managementGeochemistryImpact crateringMeteoritesPlanetary Sciences


Dr. Philippe Claeys is a geologist, planetary scientist and geochemist interested in documenting global changes and in particular the consequences of asteroid and comet impacts on the evolution of the biogeosphere. He obtained his PhD in 1993 from the University of California at Davis working on the discovery of the Chicxulub crater in Yucatan, the most likely cause of the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago. He then carried out postdoctoral research at UCLA, before becoming a researcher at UC Berkeley for several years. At the late nineties, he joined the Museum of Natural History in Berlin as chief scientist in charge of setting up and managing the new instrumentation laboratories. Since 2001, he is a professor in the Chemistry dept. at the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” in Brussels, Belgium, where he currently heads the interdisciplinary research unit Earth System Sciences ( and the unit Analytical-Environmental and Geochemistry (; he is also a visiting professor at Ghent University, the Catholic University Leuven and the University of Liège. When he is not travelling the world looking for clues to better understand the 4.5 billion years of evolution of planet Earth, he enjoys working in the lab with PhD students and postdocs on a wide variety of projects ranging from search for Antarctic meteorites, to modern and ancient global changes, geoarcheology, palaeontology or urban water management. Website:

Co-authors (437)

  • Simon D'haenens
  • Jihede Haj Messaoud
  • Nabila Bounceur

Publications (5)

  • An integrated pelagic carbonate multi-proxy study using portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF): Maastrichtian strata from the Bottaccione Gorge, Gubbio, Italy

    • Sinnesael M
    • de Winter N
    • Snoeck C
    • et al.
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  • Rapid recovery of life at ground zero of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction

    • Lowery C
    • Bralower T
    • Owens J
    • et al.
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  • Shelf hypoxia in response to global warming after the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary impact

    • Vellekoop J
    • Woelders L
    • Van Helmond N
    • et al.
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  • 2008 Barringer Medal for Frank Kyte

    • Claeys P
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  • 恐竜を絶滅させた小惑星の玉突き

    • Claeys P
    • Goderis S
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Geochemical Journal

Associate Editor

2012 - Present

Professional experience

Full Professor

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Analytical-Environmantal-, and Geo-Chemistry

February 2001 - Present

Lecturer, Dept of Geology

Universitat Potsdam

January 1997 - January 2001(4 years)

Senior Staff Scientist

Museum of Natural History - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution, Berlin, Germany

January 1996 - January 2001(5 years)

Research geologist

University of California at Berkeley, Dept. Geology and Geophysics, Berkeley, CA. USA

October 1993 - December 1995(2 years)

Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of California at Los Angeles

January 1993 - September 1993(8 months)


PhD Geology

Univeristy of California at Davis

September 1989 - January 1993(3 years)

Master degree in Geology

University of California at Davis

August 1987 - June 1989(2 years)

Licence en science géologiques

Universite Libre Bruxelles Departement des Sciences de la Terre et de l'Environnement

September 1979 - June 1984(5 years)