John J.G. Reijmer

Carbonate Sedimentology

John J.G. Reijmer



John J.G. Reijmer received his BSc (1980) and MSc (1984) education at the University of Amsterdam and moved to the VU University Amsterdam for his PhD studies (1986-1991) that concentrated on the skeletal/non-skeletal compositional analysis of recent (Bahamas) and Triassic calciturbidites (Austria and Italy). After a short Post-Doc in Amsterdam, 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 outcrop studies on Carboniferous (Spain) -, Jurassic (Morocco) – and Miocene (Egypt) carbonate platform systems. He was given tenure in 1997 and successfully defended his Habilitation (DSc equivalent) in general geology and paleontology in 2003. After 14 years at GEOMAR, he accepted a Full Professorship in Carbonate Sedimentology at the Université de Provence in Marseille in 2005, 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, where he has been with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since that date and 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 & Geosciences (CPG) of the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) to accept the Saudi Aramco Chair of Geosciences. Early 2021, John took early retirement and returned to The Netherlands. He remains associated with KFUPM-CPG as Adjunct Full Professor and is Full Professor (guest status) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands). 

John’s research interests concentrate on:

  • Carbonate platform development, paleoceanography and sequence stratigraphy,
  • Cycle development within carbonate sedimentary systems,
  • Carbonate platform slopes,
  • Petrophysics of non-marine and marine carbonates and mixed carbonate/siliciclastic systems,
  • Fracture development in carbonates.

John’s hobbies include visiting pop- and classical music concerts; Amsterdam is an excellent town to do so. The present CORONA/COVID pandemic slightly restricts this activity right now, but we are on our way back to a new normal. I also love attending soccer games. Ajax Amsterdam (Dutch Champion 2021) is a great soccer club, but also Feijenoord-Rotterdam (Dutch Champion 2017) is one of my favourites. Other clubs that have my interest are Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04, and Holstein Kiel. In addition I love to read, do some painting, and some occasional cycling  and jogging.