Tor Oftedal Sømme – Førsteamanuensis II ved GEO

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Hi, I have recently started in an adjunct position through the Akademia Agreement. My background is also from UiB, where I took my Master and PhD. Since 2012 I have worked in Statoil/Equinor with international exploration and this position has allowed me to do regional work in most continents of the world. Approximately one year ago I moved into the research department where I currently work in the sedimentology and stratigraphy group. My daily work now involves regional studies in South America and the North Atlantic, where we are undertaking tectonostratigraphic analysis of the margins and basins. This work also includes following up and integrating external academic projects and results that are relevant for our regional understanding.

My main research interest is to study recent (Quaternary) and ancient (Mesozoic) erosional-depositional systems to better understand and quantify how they respond to tectonic and climatic perturbations. The North Atlantic continental margin is one of the areas where this can be investigated at various levels and represents a key study area for further work. This type of analysis required interdisciplinary collaboration and integration of stratigraphy, thermochronology, geodynamics and structural geology. The goal is to make integrated models that can better predict and capture the stratigraphic variability that is present along this and other continental margins.

My daily work place is in Oslo but I visit Bergen frequently. Don’t hesitate to send me an email if you have something you want to discuss! Welcome back Tor 🙂