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Brief Curriculum Vitae

Personal details


Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, 16/10 1953.


Icelandic citizen


Married to Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir since 1974


Three sons: Ragnar (born 1981), Ingólfur (born 1987) and Jón Björn (born 1992)

University education

1979: Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geology, University of Iceland, Reykjavík.

1980-1981: Completed one-year study in Quaternary geology, University of Iceland, Reykjavík.

1982-1987: Doctoral studies at the Department of Quaternary Geology, Lund University

1987: I defended my thesis for Ph.D. (Fil. dr.) in Quaternary geology on the 9th of October 1987. Faculty opponent was Professor Jan Mangerud, University of Bergen, Norway.

 Academic career

1988-1994: Post-doctoral research position ("Forskarassistent") with the Swedish Natural Sciences Research Council (NFR), positioned at the Department of Quaternary Geology, Lund University. Research on the Late Quaternary glacial history of the polar regions and Iceland.

1992: Appointed docent (associate professor) in Quaternary geology at the Department of Quaternary Geology, Lund University.

1994-1999: Senior research scientist (associate professor) in glacial and Quaternary geology at Earth Sciences Centre, Göteborg University. The position was financed by the Swedish Natural Sciences Research Counsel as an effort to consolidate research in the glacial history of the polar regions. 

2000-2003: Professor of Quaternary geology at Earth Sciences Centre, Göteborg University (on leave from 2000-08-30 for working at UNIS; did, however, supervise PhD students at GU)

2000-2003: Professor of Quaternary and glacial geology at UNIS, Norway (a three-year contract)

2001-2003: Professor of Quaternary and glacial geology, University of Iceland (part-time).

2003-: Professor of Quaternary and glacial geology, University of Iceland.

Polar and fieldwork experience

1) Participation in the NORDQUA expedition to Thule, NW Greenland, August 1986. Research in Quaternary and glacial geology.

2) Visiting scientist at the University of Copenhagen Arctic Research Station, Disko, W Green­land, July-August 1987 (6 weeks). Research on the deglaciation history of  Disko Bay area.

3) Field work on the glacial history of the Antarctic Peninsula, within SWEDARP (Swedish Antarctic Research Programme), operating from the German vessel Polarstern, October-December 1987.

4) Participation in the SWEDARP expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, February-March 1989. Continued research on the glacial history of the Antarctic Peninsula region.

5) Field work within the European Science Foundation (ESF) PONAM project on Jameson Land, East Greenland, August 1990. Research on Late Quaternary glacial history.

6) Field work within the PONAM project on Kong Karls Land, Svalbard, July-August 1991 and 1993. Research on the glacial history of the northern Barents Sea area.

7) Participation in a Swedish-Argentinean expedition to James Ross Island, Antarctica, within SWEDARP, January-February 1993. Continued research on the glacial history of the area.

8) Participation in an American expedition to Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica, October-December 1994 (NSF-Event S-191). Research on deglaciation and Holocene environ­mental and glacial history.

9) Fieldwork on Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, July 1995. Research on the last interglacial-glacial development at the western edge of the Late Quaternary Barents Sea Ice Sheet.

10) Fieldwork on Sjuřyene, Svalbard, August 1996. Research on deglaciation and relative sea level changes.

11) Fieldwork on Yamal-Peninsula, western Siberia, August 1997. Studies of glacial stratigraphy, delimiting the eastward expansion of the Late Weichselian Eurasian ice sheet.

12) Fieldwork in north-western Poland in 1997 and 1998. Studies of glacial stratigraphy and glaciotectonism.

13) Participation in an British Antarctic Survey expedition to Alexander Island, Antarctica, January-February 2000.

14) Fieldwork on Svalbard – winter and summer – 2000-2004.

15) Expedition to Severnaya Zemlya, Siberian high arctic, July-August 2002.

16) I lived in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, for three years (2000-2003).

 Faculty opponent assignments

 I was faculty opponent when Civ.Ing. Joar Sćttem defended his thesis for Dr.Ing. from the Geological Department of the University of Trondheim and Technical University of Norway, 27/9 1991.

I was faculty opponent when Sven Olof Dahl defended his thesis on Late Quaternary glaciation and climate development in western and central Norway, at the Department of Geology, University of Bergen, Norway, 8/12 1996.

I was faculty opponent when Knut Stalsberg defended his thesis on Glacial history of the Jćren area, S-Norway, at the Department of Geology, University of Bergen, Norway, 13/12 2000.

 Services to the scientific community

·   I have reviewed numerous manuscripts for 12 different international scientific journals

·   I am on the interdisciplinary board of the journal Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research since 2000.

· I have reviewed grant applications for the Swedish Natural Sciences Research Council, National Science Foundation (USA), Natural Environmental Research Council (UK), Norwegian Research Council, and the Austrian Research Council.

·   I was secretary of the Geological Society of Sweden, 1999-2001

·   I was a member of the Polar Research Committee of the Swedish Academy of Sciences 1999-2002, representing Quaternary geology.

·    I have been head of evaluation committees for professor positions at UNIS, University of Iceland and University of Stockholm. 

International award:

The National Science Foundation (USA) in 1995 awarded me “Antarctic Service Medal of the United States“…for service in Antarctica and in recognition of valuable contribution to exploration and scientific achievement under the US Antarctic Research Programme.”  

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