Cees Van der Land

Added pictures to my profile, hope you like them!

Favourite Thing: I’m a geologist, so I study rocks. To go into the field (mountains) and collect rock samples and teaching students about the rocks they’re looking at during fieldtrips are my favourite things about geology.



R.S.G. Wiringherlant, Wieringerwerf, The Netherlands (1991-1998), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1999-2005), Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel (2005-2010).


Bsc, Msc, Phd.

Work History:

Did some lab-assistant and IT-helpdesk work while studying, now in my first post-doc.

Current Job:

Post-doc Researcher.


University of Edinburgh.

Me and my work

Investigating the processes which form rocks, how do you get from a coral reef to a cemented limestone?

My Typical Day

Looking through thin slices of rock with a microscope to investigate their different minerals and cements.

What I'd do with the money

I would like to get a tablet to bring into the field so I can show videos of the rock forming processes of the rocks we’re looking at.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Runner, dog-owner, rock-lover

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Listening a lot to Florence and the Machine at the moment.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

An day of unlimited bungee jumping which I did in Cairns, Australia. I did over 10 jumps!

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

What did you want to be after you left school?

Pilot! But after spending a year abroad after highschool I decided that rocks are actually quite nice, never regretted that decision!

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Sometimes… I remember stuffing the horn (used to announce the end of break at school) full of snow with my friends so nobody would hear it and we could stay out. That got us in trouble…

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Organising a 3-day fieldtrip for 1st year students, teaching them how to make a geological map, really enjoyed that!

Tell us a joke.

Ease up! It’s nodody’s fault! And:

Other stuff

Work photos:

This a picture taken during a fieldtrip in Texas. We were looking at reefs from the Permian (300 to 250 million years ago). Only in the field can you appreciate the size of these structures!



A beautiful day along west coast of Scotland near Ballantrae. We’re looking at pillow lava’s here which form if lava comes out under water ( The lava cools off very quickly on the outside and rolls over, creating pillow-like structures.



Me in action telling scientists at the University of Rio de Janeiro how amazing coral reefs are!