About this person
My research interests focuses on reconstructing natural climate and oceanography changes, and on understanding the mechanisms and forcings behind these changes. My main emphasis is on high northern latitudes, primarily the Nordic Seas, but also the Barents Sea and Skagerrak, and how these areas links to regional changes on time scales ranging from the Pliocene to the present.
I am the leader of the Climate Variability research group at Uni Research Climate. The Climate Variability group focus on:
• Extend the instrumental record and improve our understanding of the proxies by using Holocene climate records of annual-to-multi decadal resolution
• Identify past climate conditions and governing dynamical processes, with a special emphasis on past warm climate periods like the Pliocene
•Investigate the nature and cause of climate transitions
For all focus areas we aim to integrate empirical and dynamical studies to optimize the understanding of past climate
I am also leading research group 7, Past Climate Dynamics – from Greenhouse to Icehouse, at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (http://www.bjerknes.uib.no). RG7 aims at understanding how and why climate has changed in the past, using marine and terrestrial reconstructions, paleoclimate modeling, as well as dynamics studies and reconstruction of glaciers and ice sheets. The group is interdisciplinary and integrates empirical and dynamical studies of past changes in the ocean, atmosphere and cryosphere (both sea ice and land ice) and on land. Activities include studies of past warm greenhouse climates, greenhouse-icehouse transitions, interglacial climates, glacial inception, glacial cycles, abrupt climate changes, past ice sheet evolution and deglaciations.
- PhD from the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen (January 2004). Ocean-ice sheet interaction and paleoceanography in the eastern Nordic Seas through the last 140000 years.
- Master from the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen (January 1999), Mid Pleistocene climatic changes in the Nordic Seas.
- Undergraduate studies from Sogn og Fjordane University College (1992-1995), the University Centre in Svalbard (1995-1996) and the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen (1996).