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Two new students at NGU

2010-11-30 15:29

Welcome to Irene Maier and Johan Faust who joined the Quaternary and Climate group at the Geological Survey of Norway in Trondheim on the 1st Novembre 2010. Johen Knies will be the supervisor of their phD.



Irene Maier

"My research will focus on historic surface water productivity changes in the Barents Sea during the last 200 – 10000 years using a multi-proxy geochemical and sedimentological approach coupled with modeling surface water productivity.

I became interested in studying recent and Holocene climate change during my undergraduate studies in marine geosciences in Bremen, Germany. Through internships in the Netherlands and Norway, I came to appreciate a multidisciplinary and international approach and the importance of integrating and linking research in different fields. This is a strong focus of the Marie Curie ITN and CASE project and the reason I became interested in doing this PhD.

I completed my MSc degree in Physical Oceanography from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, in 2008, focusing on small scale sand ripples and cross-shore sediment transport in the near-shore. Before joining NGU I was part of the habitat sedimentology group at Bedford Institute of Oceanography researching particle dynamics and sedimentation patterns at aquaculture sites and on tidal flats."



Johan Faust

" During the next three years my research will focus on geochemical and sedimentological signatures to investigate Holocene climate variability in the Trondheimfjorden region.

I studied geosciences with the main emphasis on marine geochemistry at the University of Bremen, Germany. Between my bachelor and master studies I studied on year abroad as Erasmus/Socrates student at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, England. At the end of 2009 I completed my studies with a master thesis about the effect of organic ligands on olivine dissolution. Before I started my employment at the NGU I used the time for an internship at the construction site of the Gotthardbasetunnel in Switzerland.

During the internship in Switzerland I got an insight into the work as geologist outside the university. I realized that I am more interested in doing research at the university instead of working for the industry, although they pay well.

During my studies in Bremen almost all courses were focused on the understanding of the Earth system and on the role of the oceans within the framework of global change as well as the quantification of the interactions between the marine geosphere and biosphere. I am happy that I can now carry on studying marine geosciences at the NGU. And it's great to improve the understanding of the mechanisms and impacts on climate change in a European research cooperation."


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