Professor, Marine Geology and Geophysics
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Research interests and projects
My main research interests are in the geological evolution of the Polar marine continental margins including a broad range of glacially influenced environments, from the fjords to the continental shelf and slope in the Arctic as well as Antarctica. I use acoustic seabed and subsurface mapping methods in combination with multiproxy sediment analyses to reconstruct the glacier dynamics and postglacial environmental change.
I currently work on projects concerning glacial history of the fjords in Svalbard, ice sheet dynamics and deglaciation of the northern Svalbard continental shelf, development of glacially-fed river deltas, continental margin sedimentary processes, seabed fluid flow, geological imprint of calving glaciers and modern seabed sediment transport and morphodynamics in the coastal zone. Together with colleagues, I am also involved in projects studying shipwrecks in Svalbard and developing autonomous tools for ocean mapping. Many of these projects involve MSc and PhD students, and there are always opportunities to get involved in such projects. Do not hesitate to contact me if interested!
I am also involved in:
International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO). Go North – A Norwegian cross-disciplinary Arctic Ocean reseach program
AG-211 Arctic Marine Geology (15 ECTS)
Adapting to the rapidly changing Arctic: Implications of hydrodynamic processes on the coastal-marine environments in Svalbard.