Biographical Sketch: Bryndís Brandsdóttir

Born in Reykjavík, September 27th, 1953


University of Iceland 1974-1978 B.Sc. Geology, 1978. B.Hn. Geophysics, 1978.

Oregon State University, 1984-1986. M.Sc. Geophysics, 1986.

Supervisor: William H. Menke.

Thesis: Measurements of coda buildup and decay rates of Western Pacific P, Po and So phases and

their relevance to lithospheric scattering. J. Geophys. Res., 93, 10.541-10.559, 1988.


1976-1978 Research assistant, Science Institute, University of Iceland.

1978-2000 Research scientist, Science Institute, University of Iceland, on leave 1984-1986.

2000- Senior Research Scientist, Science Institute, University of Iceland.

2004- Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Earth Sciences, Science Institute, University of Iceland.

Sept. 2001-Feb. 2002. Visiting professor, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

2006 Courtesy Research Associate, University of Oregon, USA.

Professional activities

2018-2020 Chairman, Institute of Earth Sciences, Science Institute, University of Iceland

2006-2016 Chairman of the board of the Science Institute, University of Iceland

2003-2006 Science Institute, University of Iceland, vice chairman.

2004-2005 Board member of the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland.

2003-2004 Division chair of Geophysics, Science Institute, University of Iceland

2014- Member of the graduate study committee, Faculty of Earth Sciences, UI

1997-2004 A member of the University Science Committee and Research Fund, representing Faculty of Science.

2004-2014 ECORD Science support and advisory committee (ESSAC) member, representing Iceland.

2001 Co-convener, with E.E.E. Hooft & S. Solomon. Symposium on the Icelandic Plume and Crust, Svartsengi, Iceland.

1990- Editor of Jökull, Journal of the Glaciological and Geological Societies of Iceland.

Research Interests

Crustal accretion processes; the seismic structure and evolution of oceanic crust; size, depth, and physical properties of magma chambers; nature of mantle flow beneath mid-ocean ridges and relationship to ridge segmentation and axial topography. Volcanic activity and monitoring methods. Seismic hazards. Environmental protection.

Principal advisor

1996-2001 Nicholas Weir, Ph.D. Univ. of Cambridge. Reykjanes Ridge Iceland Seismic Experiment.

1998-2003 Raimon Alfaro, Ph.D. Univ. of Cambridge, UK. Seismic studies of active volcanoes under Vatnajökull icecap, Iceland, 237 pp.

2010-2013 Jon Tarasewicz, Ph.D. Univ. of Cambridge, UK. Microseismicity associated with the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Iceland, 175 pp.

2010-2013 Sigríður Magnúsdóttir M.Sc. University of Iceland. Tectonics of the Skjálfandadjúp Basin, Tjörnes Fracture Zone, 64 pp.

2019 Patricia Höfer, M.Sc. University of Iceland. Morphodynamic Features of Palaeo Ice Streams offshore N-Iceland based on Multibeam Bathymetric and High Resolution Chirp Seismic Data.

2020 Bailey Michael OConnell, M.Sc. University of Iceland. Marine ice-stream retreat within the Eyjafjarðaráll basin, North Iceland; documented by multibeam bathymetric and high-resolution Chirp reflection data.


1987 Alvaro Nieto, Colombia, Nordic Volcanological Institute.

1989-1990 Anne Birgitte Lassen, Nordic Volcanological Institute

1990-1992 Erik Sturkell, Nordic Volcanological Institute

1998-1999 Malou Blomstrand-Stinesen, M.Sc. University of Lund, Sweden. Eyjafjallajökull, GPS and seismic measurements.

2010 Rifqa Agung Wicaksono, M.Sc. University of Iceland. Crustal conductivity and distribution of melt beneath the Krafla caldera, N-Iceland inferred from magnetotelluric data, 77 pp.

2014 Egill Árni Guðnason, M.Sc. University of Iceland. Analysis of seismic activity on the western part of the Reykjanes Peninsula, SW Iceland, December 2008 - May 2009

2019 Markus Thomas Koleszar, M.Sc. University of Iceland. Flat-topped volcanic edifices in Vonarskarð, Central Iceland, and on the Kolbeinsey Ridge.

Cruise experience as chief scientist or co-chief scientist

1996 Reykjanes-Iceland Seismic Experiment, Coast Guard Cutter Ægir

2000 Kolbeinsey Ridge Iceland Seismic Experiment, KRISE2000, RV. Håkon Mosby, CGC Ægir

2001 Tjörnes Fracture Zone, RV. Bjarni Sæmundsson

2002 Tjörnes Fracture Zone and Kolbeinsey Ridge, RV. Árni Friðriksson

2003 Tjörnes Fracture Zone, RV. Bjarni Sæmundsson, RV. Baldur

2004 Tjörnes Fracture Zone and Kolbeinsey Ridge, RV. Árni Friðriksson, RV. Baldur

Cruise experience

2002 Tjörnes Fracture Zone, Colin Devey, RV. Poseidon

2016 N-Kolbeinsey Ridge, Isobel Yeo, RV. Poseidon

Recent Collaborators:

Emilie E.E. Hooft (Univeristy of Oregon); Robert Detrick (WHOI/MIT); Neal Driscoll (USCD-SIO); Larry Mayer (CCOM-UNH); Rolf Mjelde (Univ. Bergen); Hideki Shimamura (Univ. Hokkaido); Colin Devey (Geomar); Carsten Riedel (Univ. Hamburg); Robert S. White, Nicholas Rawlinson (Univ. Cambridge); William Menke (LDEO); Roger Buck (LDEO); Jeff Karson (Syracuse University); Guðrún Helgadóttir (Iceland Marine Research Instute); Anett Blischke, Ögmundur Erlendsson, Bjarni Richter and Kristján Sæmundsson (Iceland GeoSurvey), Robert Dziak and Dave Mellinger, OSU/NOAA, Carmen Gaina, CEED, University of Oslo.