Timme Donders (1977) is a palaeoecologist at Utrecht University where he is involved in teaching, research and laboratory operations, and he is married to Francesca Sangiorgi (a marine palynologist at Utrecht University). He completed a PhD at Utrecht University in 2005 on (sub)tropical lowland palaeoecology, followed by two post-doc appointments during which son Giacomo was born. In 2008 he joined TNO-Geobiology group to do applied biostratigraphic and palaeoecological work. During that period he served two terms as board member of the ‘Palynologische Kring’ and was chairman of the ‘Paleobiologische Kring’, and initiate an international masterclasss on pollen and spore systematics and applications. In 2010 second son Nicola was born. In 2012 a move of the former Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology from biology to geosciences prompted his return to the university where he joined the Palaeoecology group of the Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University, chaired by Rike Wagner-Cremer, as an assistant professor. His current research focuses on land-sea correlations in warm climates, long Quaternary records, and the use of annual-scale signals in high-resolution pollen.