About this person
After doing my undergraduate studies at Utrecht University (the Netherlands), I obtained a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Bremen (Germany) in 2008. I then had a postdoc at the AWI in Bremerhaven (Germany), and moved to Norway in 2011 to become a senior researcher at Uni Research Climate.
My research interests are rather broad, but I mostly focus on paleoclimate and ice sheets, and how they interact and influence each other. Past research focused on the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the Last Interglacial (130.000-115.000 years ago) caused by insolation (solar irradiance) changes and the expansion of the Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Middle Miocene (about 14 million years ago) due to insolation and greenhouse gas forcing. I recently investigated how the bedrock topography below the ice influences the ice sheet through the Research Council of Norway project “IceBed”.
Currently I lead, together with my colleague Anna Hughes, one of the 5 new strategic projects of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research entitled “RISES”. In this project we aim to better understand and quantify rates of ice sheet change. Here we focus on the deglaciation of the Eurasian Ice Sheet as analogue for future Greenland Ice Sheet changes. Additionally we assess the impact of atmospheric forcing (Greenland Blocking) and basal hydrology on the expected future retreat of the Greenland Ice Sheet.
I am currently also the group leader for the Earth Systems research group. This group includes approximately 20 researchers with a focus on Earth System Modelling (atmosphere, ocean, ice, biogeochemistry, …).
If you are based in Bergen, and are interested in discussing recent publications dealing with ice sheet dynamics, please consider joining our journal club: