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Professor John Reijmer

Saudi Aramco Chair Professor, Geosciences Department

Prof. Reijmer received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Stratigraphy / Sedimentology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1984. He then received his Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He completed his Habilitation at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany.

Academic Experience and Industry Experience, Boards, Committees

He moved to Germany in 1992, to the GEOMAR Marine Research Institute in Kiel (Northern Germany near Denmark) where his research focused on present-day carbonate systems in the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Panamá to Carboniferous (Spain), Jurassic (Morocco) and Miocene (Egypt) carbonate platform systems. After several years at GEOMAR, he accepted a Full Professorship in Carbonate Sedimentology in Marseille in 2005 at the Université de Provence, where he worked with Cretaceous calcidebrites and calciturbidites as well as cool-water carbonates. He moved back to the Netherlands in 2007 to accept a Full Professorship in Carbonate Sedimentology and Marine Geology in his hometown of Amsterdam with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He also occupied a part-time professorship at Delft University of Technology for six years. In 2014 he visited the TOTAL Research Laboratory in Pau (France) for an 8-month sabbatical. Late 2016 John transferred to the College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences (CPG) of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) to accept the Saudi Aramco Chair in Geosciences. He remains associated with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands).


Educational Qualification

  • DSc (Habilitation) from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany.
  • Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Stratigraphy / Sedimentology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1984

Research Interests

Carbonate platform development, paleoceanography and sequence stratigraphy, Cycle development within carbonate sedimentary environments, Carbonate platform slopes, Petrophysics of non-marine and marine carbonates and mixed carbonate/siliciclastic systems, and Fracture development in carbonates. His Google Scholar H-Index score is 28, his i10-index is 71, and he has over 2,550 citations.

Selected Publications

  • 2017 
    • Rogerson, M., Mercedes-Martín, R., Brasier, A.T., McGill, R.A.R., Prior, T.J., Vonhof, H., Fellows, S.M., Reijmer, J.J.G., McClymont, E., Billing, I., Matthews, A. and Pedley, M. (2017). Are spherulitic lacustrine carbonates an expression of large-scale mineral carbonation? A case study from the East Kirkton Limestone, Scotland. Gondwana Research, 48, 101-109, DOI: 10.1016/j.gr.2017.04.007
    • Mulder, T., Joumes, M., Hanquiez, V., Gillet, H., ReijmerJ.J.G., Tournadour, E., Chabaud, L., Principaud, M., Schnyder, J.S.D., Borgomano, J., Fauquembergue, K., Ducassou, E. and Busson, J. (2017, in press). Carbonate slope morphology revealing sediment transfer from bank-to-slope transfer (Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 83, 26-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.03.002
    • De Graaf, S.*Reijmer, J.J.G., Bertotti, G.V., Bezerra, F.H.R., Cazarin, C., Bisdom, K. and Vonhof, H.B. (2017). Fracturing and calcite cementation controlling fluid flow in the shallow-water carbonates of the Jandaíra Formation, Brazil. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 80, 382-393. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.12.014
    • Jafarian, E.*, Kleipool, L.M.*, Scheibner, C. Blomeier, D. and Reijmer, J.J.G. (2017). Variations in petrophysical properties of Upper Palaeozoic mixed carbonate and non-carbonate deposits, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago. Journal of Petroleum Geology, 40, 59-83. DOI: 10.1111/jpg.12664
  • 2016
    • Betzler, C., Hübscher, C., Lindhorst, S., Lüdmann, T., Reijmer, J.J.G. and Braga, J.-C. (2016). Lowstand wedges in carbonate platform slopes (Quaternary, Maldives, Indian Ocean). The Depositional Record. 2, 196-207. DOI: 10.1002/dep2.21
    • Reijmer, J.J.G. (2016). Carbonate factories. In: J. Harff, M. Meschede, S. Petersen, J. Thiede (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences, p. 80-84. ISBN: 978-94-007-6237-4 (Print), 978-94-007-6238-1 (Online). DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_136-1.
    • Betzler, C. and IODP Expedition 359 Scientists (incl. J.J.G. Reijmer) (2016). The abrupt onset of the modern South Asian Monsoon winds. Nature – Scientific Reports 6, 29838. DOI: 10.1038/srep29838.
    • Chabaud, L., Ducassou, E., Tournadour, E., Mulder, T., Reijmer, J.J.G., Conesa, G., Giraudeau, J., Hanquiez, V., Borgomano, J. and Ross, L.  (2016). Sedimentary processes determining the modern carbonate periplatform drift of Little Bahama Bank. Marine Geology, 378, 213-229. DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2015.11.006.
    • Mercedes-Martín, R., Rogerson, M.R., Brasier, A.T., Vonhof, H.B., Prior, T., Fellows, S.M., Reijmer, J.J.G., Billing, I. and Pedley, H.M. (2015, subm.). Growing spherulitic calcite grains in saline, hyperalkaline lakes: Experimental evaluation of the effects of Mg-clays and organic acids. Sedimentary Geology, 335, 93-102. DOI: 10.1016/J.SEDGEO.2016.02.008.
    • Janssen, R.*, Joordens, J.C.A., Koutamanis, D.S., Puspaningrum, M.R., de Vos, J., van der Lubbe, J.J.L., Reijmer, J.J.G., Hampe, O. and Vonhof, H.B. (2016). Tooth enamel stable isotopes of Holocene and Pleistocene fossil fauna reveal glacial and interglacial paleoenvironments of hominins in Indonesia. Quaternary Science Research, 144, 145-154. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.02.028
    • Betzler, C.G., Eberli, G.P., Alvarez Zarikian, C.A. and the Expedition 359 Scientists (incl. J.J.G. Reijmer) (2016). Expedition 359 Preliminary Report: Maldives Monsoon and Sea Level. International Ocean Discovery Program, College Station, USA, 53 pp. DOI: 10.14379/iodp.pr.359.2016
    • Kleipool, L.M.*Reijmer, J.J.G., Hardebol, N.J., Bertotti, G., Aurell, M.and Bádenas, B. (2016). Fracture distribution along an Upper Jurassic carbonate ramp, NE Spain. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 70, 201-221. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.11.017 
  • 2015
    • Brasier, A.T., Rogerson, M.R., Mercedes-Martin, R., Vonhof, H.B., and Reijmer, J.J.G.(2015). A test of the biogenicity criteria established for microfossils and stromatolites on Quaternary tufa and speleothem materials formed in the “Twilight Zone” at Caerwys, U.K. Astrobiology, 15/10, 883-900. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2015.1293
    • Kleipool, L.M.*Reijmer, J.J.G., Bádenas, B., and Aurell, M. (2015). Variations in petrophysical properties along a mixed siliciclastic carbonate ramp (Upper Jurassic, Ricla, NE Spain). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 68, 158-177. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.08.017
    • Harris, P.M., Purkis, S.J., Ellis, J., Swart, P.K. and Reijmer, J.J.G. (2015). Mapping bathymetry and depositional facies on Great Bahama Bank. Sedimentology, 62, 566-589. DOI: 10.1111/sed.12159
    • Reijmer, J.J.G., Mulder, T. and Borgomano, J. (2015). Editorial – Sedimentary Geology Special Issue – Carbonate Slopes and Gravity Deposits. In: T. Mulder, J.J.G. Reijmer and J. Borgomano (Eds.), Carbonate Slopes and Gravity Deposits. Sedimentary Geology, 317, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2014.10.011
    • Reijmer, J.J.G., Palmieri, P.*, Groen, R.* and Floquet, M. (2015). Calciturbidites and calcidebrites: Sea-level variations or tectonic processes? In: T. Mulder, J.J.G. Reijmer and J. Borgomano (Eds.), Carbonate Slopes and Gravity Deposits. Sedimentary Geology, 317, 53-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2014.10.013
    • Soete, J., Kleipool, L.M.*, Claes, H., Claes, S., Hamaekers, H., Kele, S., Özkul, M., Foubert, A., Reijmer, J.J.G. and Swennen, R. (2015). Acoustic properties in travertines and their relation to porosity and pore types. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 59, 320-335.
    • Joordens, J.C.A., d’Errico, F., Wesselingh, F.P., Munro, S., de Vos, J., Wallinga, J., Ankjærgaard, C., Wijbrans, J., Kuiper, K., Mücher, H.J., Coqueugniot, H., Prié, V., Panuel, M., van der Haas, V., Lustenhouwer, W., Joosten, I., Reijmer, J. and Roebroeks, W. (2015). Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving. Nature, 518 (February 12, 2015), 228-231. DOI:  10.1038/nature13962
  • Selected earlier publications
    • Reijmer, J.J.G., Bauch, Th.and Schäfer, P. (2012). Carbonate facies patterns in surface sediments of upwelling and non-upwelling shelf environments (Panama, East Pacific). Sedimentology, 59, 32–56. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2010.01214.x
    • Swart, P.K., Reijmer, J.J.G. and Otto, R. (2009). A reevaluation of facies on Great Bahama Bank II: Variations in the d13C, d18O, and mineralogy of surface sediments. In: P.K. Swart, G.P. Eberli, J.A. McKenzie (Eds.), Perspectives in Carbonate Geology: A Tribute to the Career of Robert Nathan Ginsburg. Spec. Publ. Int. Assoc. Sedimentol., 41, 47–59.
    • Reijmer, J.J.G., Swart, P.K, Bauch, T.*, Otto, R., Reuning, L.*, Roth, S.* and Zechel, S.* (2009). A reevaluation of facies on Great Bahama Bank I: New facies maps of Western Great Bahama Bank. In: P.K. Swart, G.P. Eberli, J.A. McKenzie (Eds.), Perspectives in Carbonate Geology: A Tribute to the Career of Robert Nathan Ginsburg. Spec. Publ. Int. Assoc. Sedimentol., 41, 29–46.
    • Reuning, L.*Reijmer, J.J.G., Betzler, C., Timmermann, A. and Steph, S. (2006). Sub-Milankovitch cycles in periplatform carbonates from the early Pliocene Great Bahama Bank. Paleoceanography, 21/3, PA1017 10.1029/2004PA001075, 30 March 2006.
    • Roth, S.* and Reijmer, J.J.G. (2004). Holocene Atlantic climate variations deduced from carbonate peri-platform sediments (leeward margin, Great Bahama Bank). Paleoceanography, 19/1, PA1003 10.1029/2003PA000885, 22 January 2004.
    • Andresen, N.*Reijmer, J.J.G. and Droxler, A.W. (2003). Timing and distribution of calciturbidites around a deeply submerged carbonate platform in a seismically active setting (Pedro Bank, Northern Nicaragua Rise, Caribbean Sea). Int. J. of Earth Sc. – Geol. Rundschau, 92/4, 573-592.
    • Zinke, J. *Reijmer, J.J.G., Thomassin, B.A., Dullo, W.C., Grootes, P.M., and Erlenkeuser, H. (2003). Postglacial flooding history of Mayotte lagoon (Comoro archipelago, southwest Indian Ocean). Marine Geology, 194, 181-196.
    • Rendle, R.H.* and Reijmer, J.J.G. (2002). Evolutionary slope development on the western, leeward margin of Great Bahama Bank during the Quaternary. In: Reijmer, J.J.G. (Ed.), Marine Geology special issue “Carbonate margin development (Bahama transect, ODP Leg 166)”, 185, 143-164.
    • Munnecke, A., Westphal, H.*, Elrick, M. and Reijmer, J.J.G. (2001). The mineralogical composition of precursor sediments of calcareous rhythmites: a new approach. International Journal of Earth Sciences – Geologische Rundschau, 90, 795-812.
    • Blomeier, D.* and Reijmer, J.J.G. (1999). Drowning of a Lower Jurassic carbonate platform: Jbel Bou Dahar, High Atlas, Morocco. Facies, 41, 81-110.
    • Reijmer, J.J.G., Sprenger, A., Ten Kate, W.G.H.Z., Schlager, W. and Krystyn, L. (1994). Periodicities in the composition of Late Triassic calciturbidites (Eastern Alps, Austria). In: De Boer, P.L. and Smith D.G. (Eds.), Orbital forcing and cyclic sequences, Spec. Publ. Int. Assoc. Sedimentol., 19, p. 323-343.
    • Schlager, W., Reijmer, J.J.G. and Droxler, A.W. (1994). Highstand shedding of carbonate platforms. Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, B64/3, 270-281.
    • Reijmer, J.J.G., Schlager, W. and Droxler, A.W. (1988). ODP Site 632: Pliocene-Pleistocene sedimentation cycles in a Bahamian Basin. In: Austin, J. A., Schlager, W., et al., Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, 101, Part B, 213-220.