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Arike Gill

Geological collections - Petrology & Mineralogy


Email: arike.gill@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31 (0)71-75 17 9249
Room number: C01.13
“I love this job, there is always more to learn!”

I have a broad interest in biology, paleontology, geology and art.  I love working with this collection, because there is always more to read and learn and the work is never done. The Petrology and Mineralogy Collection is very important for research and education. It is also very attractive for its natural beauty, and it includes a lot of 'eye catchers' for exhibitions.


Collection interest

In 2014 I started my job as Collection Manager of the Mineralogy and Petrology Collection. It contains over 800,000 objects and is very diverse. It consists of minerals, gemstones, ores, rocks, meteorites, tektites and thin sections and is actively used for research, education and exhibits.

Recently various parts of the collection have been digitised and the data made accessible online. During this process all of the asbestos minerals were repackaged safely and 37,000 mineral samples and tektites were digitised. This has made the mineral collection much more accessible.

All meteorites, including three of the five Dutch meteorites, have been photographed along with the original historic labels and are now kept in a climate controlled storage.

The petrology collection contains samples collected by important Dutch researchers such as Staring, Heimans, van der Lijn and Zandstra, whose work has been fundamental to our understanding of Dutch geological history. Their original collections have all been fully digitised. Very recently the entire mineral and ore collection of Delft Technical university has been added to the Naturalis collection.

Feel free to contact me if you want to know more about our collection. And please let me know if you would like to visit the collection for research purposes.



Ohms V.R., Gill A.C., van Heijningen C.A.A., Beckers G.J.L., ten Cate C. 2009. Zebra finches exhibit speaker-independent phonetic perception of human speech. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Hanneke J. M. Meijer, Arike Gill, Perry G. B. de Louw, Lars W. Van Den Hoek Ostende, Julian P. Hume, Kenneth F. Rijsdijk 2012. Dodo remains from an in situ context from Mare aux Songes, Mauritius. Naturwissenschaften