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Thale Damm-Johnsen

Research Postgraduate (PhD)

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography



2020-present: PhD student, Durham University. Environmental reconstructions from stomach oil deposits, form snow petrels in the Weddell Sea. 

2016-2020: Museums educator, Natural History University Museum of Bergen. 

2018-2020: MSc in Marine Geology, University of Bergen. Centennial variability in the Southeast Pacific hydrography and its link to the bipolar seesaw and ice sheet dynamics. 

2018-2019: Teaching Assistant at Department of Earth sciences. 

2015-2018: BSc in Geology, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bergen. 

Research Interests: 

Quaternary climate dynamics in the Southern Hemisphere.

- How climate signals from polar regions propagate into the lower latitdes.

- The role of sea ice, and inherent polynyas, in modualting the global climate. 

How ecosystems evolved and responded to rapid climate changes during the last glacial cycle. 

- Past interactions between ocean, sea ice and ice sheet. 

The methods I use are based in organic geochemistry, mainly using foraminifera, biomarkes and stable isotopes. 

Current project:

In my PhD project I study the novel biological archive of stomach oil deposits from Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. By using a multiproxy approach, utilizing mainly organic geochemitry, information on past ecosystem and sea ice changes in the coastal Weddell Sea will be extracted.