Camilla Andresen — Principal Investigator

Camilla S. Andresen is a Senior Researcher/geologist with a background in Holocene paleoclimate studies of lake and marine sediments. Her current research interest is in understanding the interaction between the ocean (currents and sea ice) and Greenland outlet glaciers. In the past years she has collected numerous cores from fjords and bays with major marine-terminating glaciers such as Helheim Glacier, Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier, Ikeq, and Ikertivaq in southeast Greenland, and Upernavik and Jakobshavn Isbræ in West Greenland. The aim is to reconstruct past changes in glacier calving and oceanographic conditions on the basis of multi-proxy analysis of these sediment cores and the investigated time periods spans the past 100 years in detail and the late-Holocene in general. This work is undertaken in her VILLUM Fonden financed project Past and future dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet: what is the ocean hiding? Follow Camilla on Twitter and Google Scholar.


Laurence Dyke — Postdoctoral Researcher

Laurence is a Postdoctoral Researcher with a background in palaeoglaciology and Quaternary Science. His current research is focussed on investigating marine sediment cores from glacioproximal environments around Greenland. These cores provide records of oceanographic history and glaciological change over timescales of hundreds to thousands of years. Laurence will be working on these cores these to unravel the oceanographic and glaciological history of previously unexplored areas of southeast and northwest Greenland. These data will then be used to provide a better understanding of how the atmosphere and oceans interact with the vast Greenland Ice Sheet.

Laurence is also interested in the communication of science. He has previously worked with 196 Productions Ltd. to produce a series of documentary films about undertaking scientific fieldwork in Greenland. In the near future he will be working on producing a series of videos about the research being conducted in the Glaciology and Climate Department at GEUS; these will be produced in collaboration with the Underground Channel and 77th Parallel Productions. Follow Laurence on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Google Scholar.


Ulla Kokfelt — Postdoctoral Researcher

Ulla is a Postdoctoral Researcher/geologist with a background in studies of Holocene marine and lake sediments as well as of peat cores from arctic, subarctic, and temperate regions in Scandinavia and Greenland. Her research interest spans a broad area; from ecosystem development and permafrost studies, to identification of the natural drivers behind changes in climate and environmental conditions as reflected in sedimentary records. She currently works with late-Holocene marine sediment cores from Sermilik Fjord in SE Greenland with the purpose to obtain better insights into the relative importance of oceanographic and atmospheric controls on the melt of marine terminating glaciers from the Greenland Ice Sheet. Follow Ulla on Twitter and Google Scholar.


David Wangner — PhD Student

Davids PhD-project focusses on glacial records in marine sediment cores from different fjords all around Greenland. David studied "Marine Geosciences" in Bremen, Germany, where he learned various techniques to investigate and interpret cores from a sedimentological and geochemical point of view.

Davids goal is now to use these techniques and contribute to the understanding of fjord systems and their interactions with the open ocean on the one hand, and the glaciers on the other hand. Follow David on Twitter and Google Scholar .


Flor Vermassen — PhD Student

A strong fascination for nature led Flor to study Geology, a science in which so many facets of the natural environment come together. During this study he developed a curiosity for the world of marine geology and paleoclimate. Since human kind is confronted more and more with the effects of climate change, paleoclimatic research is extremely relevant because it helps us to understand the natural mechanisms driving climate. The Arctic environment is unique and changes occurring there do not only affect the polar bears but have implications for all of us. The wild character and intrinsic beauty of the Arctic region and Greenland appeal to Flor and make doing research there exciting. By working on our project Flor hopes to contribute in improving our understanding of this fascinating world!

Flor obtained a MSc. degree in Geology at Ghent University and now works on a PhD at the Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark. Follow Flor on Twitter and Google Scholar.


Amalie Elisabeth Cordua — MSc Student

Amalie is a Danish masters student at the University of Copenhagen and GEUS, her specialism within the MSc program is paleoclimatology. Amalie is currently working on her masters thesis — this project is based on the investigation of six glaciomarine sediment cores retrieved from Upernavik Isfjord, NW Greenland. In 2013 Amalie participated in the field trip to Greenland where the cores were collected.

The research Amalie is undertaking has two primary aims. Firstly, she has been conducting a detailed geochemical and mineralogical examination of sediments from Upernavik Isfjord using techniques such as X-ray fluorescence and electron microprobe analysis at selected levels in one of the studied cores. Secondly, she is working to improve our understanding of how glacier retreat dynamics are reflected in sediment cores from glacioproximal environments. Follow Amalie on Twitter.