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Frank Wesselingh

Senior Researcher, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and Researcher in Geosciences, Utrecht University

I am a molluscan paleontologist with an MSC earth sciences and PhD in biodiversity. I am interested in reconstructing landscape evolution and understanding drivers of biodiversity change in past, present and future. My work has a taxonomic foundation and includes paleoecological, numerical paleobiological, isotope and integrated sedimentary/taphonomical approaches. Documenting past biodiversity crises and recovery will enable us to improve our understanding of biodiversity trajectories in the Anthropocene.

Research interests:
Fossil molluscs, taxonomy, biodiversity, crisis, resilience, landscape evolution, North Sea, Pontocaspian, Amazonia, SE Asia


  • –present
    Senior Researcher, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Utrecht University