Hi there, welcome. It is probably helpful to tell you a bit about who I am. I have lived and worked in the Netherlands and the United States and am currently based in Britain. I was born and raised in the Netherlands.
One of my current interests is bioethics, an exciting combination of ethics, law and science & technology. It includes human rights issues (such as discrimination) as well as questions regarding the rights of animals.
I became self-employed in Amsterdam in 1997 and have been working for clients from all over the world since, mainly carrying out studies, and teaching, writing and editing assignments. Besides earth & life science, I have been involved in many other things, which have all enriched my life. For example, I have some experience in wild-bird rehabilitation (in Florida, with the world-renowned Lee Fox) and some in the legal realm (including as LIP and at Clifford Chance). I’ve even been an extra for a few films and TV series a few times.
I am VAT-registered as a self-employed person. I also am a company director but the company is currently inactive.
A fun fact about me? I flew an airplane before I knew how to start a car. A Fuji FA-200 Aero Subaru.
I am anything but a traditional scientist, starting with the fact that I didn’t enrol in earth sciences until I was in my mid-twenties, an age at which most people are already well into their careers. Of the earth sciences, I chose the track that focused on the chemistry of solid rocks that come from deeper in the earth (as opposed to for example consolidated and unconsolidated sediments like sand and sandstone). That also included structural aspects.
Toward the end of my Master’s, I plunged into the chemistry of seawater, specifically of metals like Co, Mn and Fe and the rare earths. I focused on that for the next fifteen years, but have meanwhile left academia and am no longer involved in active scientific research (field, lab).
My first academic publication, in marine biogeochemistry, had only me as author and was published as a tripartite discussion with a contribution from a professor from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (on whose work my article was a comment; WHOI has a graduate program in a joint cooperation with Harvard) and one from a professor from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California. It was instantly accepted without any revisions. In part, it was a rewrite of a shorter article that I had submitted to Science and after resubmission was deemed more suitable for a more specialized journal.
I’ve also published a review on the environmental chemistry of cyanide, and that work was cited all over the world, and I’ve convened an AGU session in Boston, on marine fungi. Other than that, I have written so many bits and pieces here and there that it’s impossible to list them all. The later ones were mostly on geochemistry and environmental chemistry, occasionally including health issues; the earlier ones were mostly on child sex abuse and violence against women and children.
In 2016, I assisted with the midterm review of RiverCare, a large research program in the Netherlands. In the course of the same year, I also started to dabble in bioethics (which includes law) and I published an essay on the new eugenics recently. I am currently working on its second edition, filling in a few of the obvious gaps of the first edition. As I consider the topic highly important, I wrote the first edition in a big hurry.
Also, I generally like building bridges and I’ve always been amazingly and sometimes frustratingly multidisciplinary.
The purpose of life, as far as I am concerned? Learning.