• Øster Voldgade 10
    1350 Copenhagen K

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Research area: climatic and ecological changes in the geological past. I am in particular interested in studying majorclimatic transitions (e.g. Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum, Eocene-Oligocene Transition, Miocene Climatic Optimum which took place in the Paleogene and the Miocene (65 to 5 million years ago). I focus in particular on sea surface water temperature (using organic biomarkers, such as GDGTs and alkenones) reconstructions and surface water conditions (using organic-walled microfossils - dinocysts). I am also expert in biostratigraphy, providing age models for various projects (CCS, groundwater mapping, etc.).  My main research area covers North Atlantic - Arctic region.

Keywords: palynology, dinocysts, pollen, spores, membrane lipids, TEX86,  alkenones, Cretaceous, Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, paleoclimate, stratigraphy


2007-2011        Ph.D. (4+4 program), Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark.

2002-2005        B.Sc. University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geology, Poland

9.2005-6.2006  Erasmus exchange student at Aarhus University (home institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geology, Poland).

2001-2004        B.Sc. University of Warsaw, Faculty of Polish Philology, Poland

Employment record:

from 2019 – Senior researcher at GEUS 

09/2017 – 11/2019        Postdoc researcher at GEUS (80% of the full-time employment)

07/2013 – 09/2017        Postdoc researcher at GEUS; (full time)

10/2011 – 03/2013        Postdoc; visiting researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Texel, the Netherlands; funded by Det Frie Forskningsråd, Grant No. 11-107497

2/2007 – 6/2011            Teaching assistant, mentor for exchange students; Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark

8/2006 – 1/2007            Lab. assistant at Micropaleontology Group; Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark

Academic awards:

2019                    Best presentation award at the FORCE Biostratigraphy seminar, Stavanger Norway

2019                    ECORD research grant award. Very competitive merit-based award for outstanding young researchers for innovative research within the IODP awarded from the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD). Title: Mid-Cretaceous climate in the High Arctic region              €3.000/20.000 DKK

2007-2011         Recipient of numerous funds/scholarships for participation in various meetings/courses: from Energistyrelsen, Oticon Fonden, NordForsk PhD Grant, Fur Museum, ESSAC, and USSP. Total amount > 85.000 DKK

2002-2004         recipient of a scientific scholarship (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geology, Poland). The scholarship was awarded to top 2% of students based on their academic performance in an academic year.

Research funding and management experience (PI) 

2019-2023         SeaLMICO2 funded by Geocenter Denmark; 950.000 DKK; (https://www.geocenter.dk/projekter/2019-2/sealmico2/)

2020                   industry project funded by RegionSyd-Miocene environment; 308.000 DKK

2011-2013         individual postdoc Grant No. 11-107497 funded by (DFF/FNU); 1.213.000 DKK

International invited presentations:

  • ECORD summer school 2023, Bremen, Germany; invited lecturer: "The Early Cenozoic  Greenhouse World - the Arctic Perspective" September 6th, 2023
  • ECORD summer school 2023, Bremen, Germany; invited lecturer together with Paul Knutz: "IODP Expedition 400, North West Greenland margin - Science presentation" September 14th, 2023

  • EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria; "Sea surface temperature evolution of the North Atlantic Ocean across the Eocene-Oligocene Transition", April 25th 2023

  • 52nd AASP meeting, Ghent, Belgien; (keynote) "How reliable are dinocysts as a temperature proxy? A case study on Svalbardella cooksoniae and its implications for paleoclimatological studies of the late Paleogene"  July 2nd, 2019


Master students:

  • 2022-2023   Rune Bech Pedersen (AU) (SeaLMICO2 project) 
  • 2021-2022   Julie Margrethe Fredborg (KU), (SeaLMICO2 project) 
  • 2020-2021  Tirza Weitkamp (Vrije Universitet Amsterdam; Erazmus+)  now PhD-candidate at Stockholm University

Bachelor students:

  • 2023 Amalie Arildsund (KU), (IODP 369/SeaLMICO2 project) 
  • 2020  Julie Margrethe Fredborg (KU) (LoCrA project)

Undergraduate project supervisor:

  • 2023  Emil Akseli Koskinen Tonboe (KU) (SeaLMICO2 project)
  • 2021  Emil Munck Soltau (KU) (SeaLMICO2 project) 

External positions

palsys.org - quality control committee member

2023 → …

Voting member of the Paleogene Subcommission on Stratigraphy, ISPS

2023 → …

Editorial board member: Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology

Dec 2021 → …


  • QE Geology
  • climate change
  • sea surface temperature
  • North Atlantic
  • membrane lipids
  • stratigraphy
  • Paleogene
  • Miocene
  • deep time
  • GDGT
  • palynology

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate


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