Congrats, Martin Sarajærvi

Martin Sarajærvi successfully defended his thesis Wednesday 18. November on: “Computationally Efficient Methods for Seismic Modeling and Inversion”.

We congratulate the freshly minted doctor! 🙂

The opponents were Professor Roelof K. Snieder at the Center for Wave Phenomena and Office of Academic Affairs, Colorado School of Mines, USA, and professor Leiv Jacob Gelius ved Seksjon for geologi og geofysikk, Institutt for geofag, Universitetet i Oslo i doktorgradsdisputasen. Mathilde Sørensen internternal member of the committee, and the disputassion was led by Einar Iversen. The thesis was supervised by Henk Heers, Volker Oye ved NORSAR, and Jan Øystein Haavig Bakke at Schlumberger.

Congrats, Dr Kristian Agasøster Haaga

Kristian Agasøster Haaga successfully defended his thesis Tuesday 3. November on: “Causal interactions in the Earth system”

We congratulate the freshly minted doctor! 🙂

The Opponents were professor Holger Kantz fra Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems i Dresden, Tyskland, and seniorforsker Jaroslav Hlinka, at Institute of Computer Science, Czech Academy of Sciences i Praha, Tsjekkia. Anna Nele Meckler was internal member of the committee, and disputation was led by Steffen Leth Jørgensen. Kristian was supervised by Bjarte Hannisdal, Jo Brendryen and David Diego Castro.

Article on DeepRift Corinth geophysical surveys

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New major international geophysical investigation of the Corinth Rift, building on IODP Expedition 381.

As part of the Research Council of Norway funded DeepRift project led by Rob Gawthorpe, an international group of scientists is involved in collecting new high resolution seismic and bathymetry data from the Gulf of Corinth during October and early November 2020.

The Corinth Rift is one of the planet’s most rapidly extending continental rifts.  The rift is geologically a young tectonic feature, forming over the last five million years.  Today the rift is situated along the Gulf of Corinth.  Its high rates of tectonic activity, closed drainage system and high sedimentation rates, makes it an ideal location to examine normal fault growth, rift basin evolution and how the landscape responds to tectonic and climate forcing factors. Read more here.

Matteo Demurtas

“Hi everyone, my name is Matteo Demurtas and I am very happy to join the Department of Earth Science as a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Prof. Atle Rotevatn on deformation and fluid-flow of basin bounding fault systems in rifts, with main focus on the exposed fault systems in NE Greenland.

Previously to coming to Bergen, I have completed my Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees at the University of Padova (Italy) under the joint supervision of Prof. Giulio Di Toro, Dr. Michele Fondriest and Dr. Steven Smith (University of Otago, New Zealand). After my PhD, I spent 6 months at the University of Otago (New Zeland) working on the application of transmission Kikuchi diffraction (TKD) analysis on geological materials, and finally two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo (under the supervision of Prof. Karen Mair) working on discrete element numerical models of granular deformation.

My research background is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of structural geology, tectonophysics, experimental rock deformation, and numerical modelling of grain-scale deformation. My main research interests include fault zone structural complexity and its effect on earthquake mechanics, fault zone mechanical and hydraulic properties, rheology and deformation mechanisms of nanogranular aggregates, seismically-induced deformation mechanisms in soft sediments, force and stress evolution in granular materials.

My research is conducted with a multidisciplinary approach that includes (i) field studies of fault zones exhumed from different crustal depths, (ii) rock deformation experiments aimed at investigating the mechanical properties of fault zone rocks, (iii) detailed microstructural and microanalytical analysis of natural and experimental faults to uncover the deformation processes active during deformation, and (iv) numerical modelling to inform and quantify field and experimental observations.” You will find Matteo in room no 2152A. Welcome to GEO 🙂

Flavia Boscolo-Galazzo

“I am Flavia Boscolo-Galazzo, I am Italian and I was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University.

At UiB, I am a postdoc in Nele Meckler’s lab – Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimate group. I will be working on reconstructing Southern Ocean deep and intermediate water temperatures using ocean sediments dating back to around 30 million years ago, when the Antarctic ice-sheet had only recently formed and was highly unstable. I am a micropaleontologist specializing in benthic and planktonic foraminifera. I am interested in using foraminiferal fossil shells chemistry to reconstruct past climates and ocean biogeochemical cycles, and to investigate foraminiferal biogeography and macroecology in connection with past climate changes.

Here’s a link to the latest research project I have been working on: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/find-a-project/view/ocean-carbon-cycling-since-the-middle-miocene”

You find Flavia in room 3122A. Welcome to GEO 🙂