Curriculum Vitae


Prof. Dr. Jan Smit emeritus

Curriculum Vitae (here as pdf)

(full list of publications)

Born:   April 8, 1948 , the Hague, Netherlands
MSc (doctoraalexamen) Geology April 24, 1974 at the University of Amsterdam: major in Stratigraphy, minor in Sedimentology,

Dissertation: (PhD):  May 11,  1981 (cum laude), of the University of Amsterdam
Thesis title: "A catastrophic event at the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary"


2013- emeritus professor, VU University
2003-2013 Professor Event Stratigraphy, department of Sedimentology, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University Amsterdam
1994-2003 Assistant professor (senior), department of Sedimentology, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1989-1993 Research Fellow (Academieonderzoeker) of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen (KNAW)
1983-1985   Post-doctoral researcher, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles California, U.S.A.
1983 Visiting assistant Professor of Geology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A
1981-1983 Post-doctoral researcher, University of Amsterdam

Awards and Memberships:

2012 Barringer medal of the Meteoritical Society
2002-2013 Member of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen (KNAW)
1989 Recipient of the AKZO-Science Prize
1999 Recipient of the 1999 Mary Clark Thompson Medal   of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.
1995 Miller Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1-30 November.
1988 Participant of the Ocean Drilling Project (ODP) leg 121 (Indian Ocean
1997 Participant of the Ocean Drilling Project (ODP) leg 171B (Blake Nose, Florida)
1991 Participant National Academy of Sciences symposium "Frontiers of Science", Irvine, California.
2002-present Principal Investigator of the Chicxulub Scientific Drilling Project, a project of the International Continental scientific Drilling Program ICDP
2003-2006 President of the Division of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Paleontology, (SSP) of the European Geosciences Union



•  (2005-2008 ) editor eEarth, electronic journal of EGU, European Geosciences Union
•  (1988-2004) ass. editor Historical Biology
•  (1988-1998) ass. editor Cretaceous Research
•  (2000-2003) Editor in Chief of Netherlands Journal of Geosciences NJG (former Geologie & Mijnbouw)

Selected Publications:

Acikalin, J. Vellekoop, F. Ocakog, I.O. Y?lmaz, J. Smit, Sevinç O. Alt?ner, S. Goderis, H, Vonhof, R.P. Speijer, L. Woelders, E. Fornaciari, H. Brinkhuis (2015) Geochemical and palaeontological characterization of a new K-Pg Boundary locality from the Northern branch of the Neo-Tethys: Mudurnu and Goynük Basin, NW Turkey, Cretaceous Research 52: 251-267

Belza, J., S.Goderis, J. Smit, F. Vanhaecke, K. Baert, H. Terryn and P. Claeys (2015). "High spatial resolution geochemistry and textural characteristics of 'microtektite' glass spherules in proximal Cretaceous–Paleogene sections: Insights into glass alteration patterns and precursor melt lithologies." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 152: 1-38.
Vellekoop, J., A. Sluijs, J. Smit, S. Schouten, J. W. H. Weijers, J. S. S. Damsté and H. Brinkhuis (2014). "Rapid short-term cooling following the Chicxulub impact at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary." PNAS 111: 7537–7541.

Goderis, S., R. Tagle, J. Belza, J. Smit, A. Montanari, F. Vanhaecke, J. Erzinger and P. Claeys (2013). "Reevaluation of siderophile element abundances and ratios across the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) boundary: Implications for the nature of the projectile." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 120: 417-446.
Renne, P.R., Deino, A. L., Hilgen, F. J., Kuiper, K. F., Mark, D. F., Mitchell, W. S., Morgan, L. E., Mundil, R., Smit, J. (2013) Time Scales of Critical Events Around the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary. Science 339:684-687

Batenburg, S.J., Sprovieri, M., Gale, A. S., Hilgen,, F. J., Hüsing, S. Laskar, J. Liebrand, D. Lirer, F. Orue-Etxebarria, X.r, Pelosi, N. Smit, J.. (2012) Cyclostratigraphy and astronomical tuning of the Maastrichtian at Zumaia (Basque country, Northern Spain). EPSL 359:264-278

Smit J, Laffra C, Meulenaars K, & Montanari A (2012) Probable late Messinian tsunamiites near Monte Dei Corvi, Italy, and the Nijar Basin, Spain: expected architecture of offshore tsunami deposits. Natural Hazards 63:241-266

Smit J (2012) A flashback on the dawn of the meteorite impact/extinction theory. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57:677-679

P. Schulte, J. Smit, A. Deutsch, T. Salge, A. Friese, K. Beichel (2011) Tsunami backwash deposits with Chicxulub impact ejecta and dinosaur remains from the Cretaceous–Palaeogene boundary in the La Popa Basin, Mexico. Sedimentology 59:20-45

H.B. Vonhof, J.W.M. Jagt, A. Immenhauser, J. Smit, Y.W. van den Berg, M. Saher, N. Keutgen, J.J.G. Reijmer (2011) Belemnite-based strontium, carbon and oxygen isotope stratigraphy of the type area of the Maastrichtian Stage. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 90:259-270

P. Schulte, R. P. Speijer, H. Brinkhuis , A. Kontny, P. Claeys, S. Galeotti, J. Smit (2008) Comment on the paper: "Chicxulub impact predates K-T boundary: New evidence from Brazos, Texas" by Keller et al. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 269:614-620

Smit, J. (2005). The section of the Barranco del Gredero (Caravaca, SE Spain): a crucial section for the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary impact extinction hypothesis. Journal of Iberian Geology . F. J.-M. R. M. Marcos A. Lamolda, Christopher R. C. Paul. Madrid. 31:179-191.

Smit, J., Gaast, S. J. v. d., and Lustenhouwer, W. T., (2004). Is the transition impact to post-impact rocks complete? Some remarks based on XRF scanning, electron microprobe, and thin section analyses of the Yaxcopoil-1 core in the Chicxulub crater: Meteoritics and Planetary Science 39:1113-1126.

Dressler, B. O., Buffler, R., Morgan, J., Moran-Zenteno, D., Sharpton, V. L., Smit, J., Stöffler, D., and Urrutia, J. (2003), Investigating a 65-Ma Old smoking gun: Deep drilling of the Chicxulub impact structure: EOS 84:125-130.

Martinez, R. F., Ortega, H. M., Palomo, I., and Smit, J., (2002) Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary at Blake Nose (Ocean Drilling Program Leg 171B); a record of the Chicxulub impact ejecta, in: Koeberl, Christian ; MacLeod, and Kenneth, eds., Catastrophic events and mass extinctions; impacts and beyond., Geological Society of America (GSA). Boulder, CO, United States
Smit, J., (1999) The global stratigraphy of the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary impact ejecta: Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 27:75-113.

Smit, J., (1997) Predictive elements of large-body impacts in geologic history: Geol. Rundschau 86:464-470.

Smit, J., T. B. Roep, et al. (1996). Coarse grained, clastic sandstone complex at the K/T boundary around the Gulf of Mexico: Deposition by tsunami waves induced by the Chicxulub impact? The Cretaceous-Tertiary Event and Other Catastrophes in Earth History. G. Ryder, D. Fastovski and S. Gartner. Boulder. Geol. Soc. of Amer. Sp. Pap. 307:151-182
Smit, J., and Brinkhuis, H (1996) The Geulhemmerberg Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary section (Maastrichtian type area, SE Netherlands); summary of results and and a scenario of events, in Brinkhuis, H., and Smit, J., eds., The Geulhemmerberg Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary section (Maastrichtian type area, SE Netherlands Geologie and Mijnbouw 75: 283-293.

Smit, J., Alvarez, W., Montanari, A., Swinburne, N., Kempen, T. M. v., Klaver, G. T., and Lustenhouwer, W. J., (1992) "Tektites" and microkrystites at the Cretaceous Tertiary boundary: Two strewnfields, one crater?: Proc. Lun. Planet. Science conf. 22:87-100.

Smit, J. and S. van der Kaars, (1984) "Terminal Cretaceous extinctions in the Hell Creek Area, Montana:   compatible with catastrophic extinction." Science 223:1177-1179.

Smit, J., and Klaver, G., (1981) Sanidine spherules at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary indicate a large impact event: Nature 292:47-49.

Smit, J., and Hertogen, J., (1980) An extraterrestrial event at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary: Nature 285:198-200.