Jens Søndergaard

Ph.D., Senior Advisor

Jens Søndergaard
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Key qualifications

Educational background in Geography/Geology and Chemistry. I got my first real taste of arctic research in 2001, when I spent 3 months at the Zackenberg Research Station in Northeast Greenland and have been addicted to arctic research ever since. Received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Copenhagen and University of Svalbard in 2009. Since 2009, I have worked as a Research Scientist and later Senior Advisor for Aarhus University (AU), Department of Bioscience and Danish Centre for Environment and Energy (DCE). My main job tasks at AU/DCE are environmental research and monitoring in relation to mining activities in Greenland and advisory of the Greenlandic authorities on environmental issues. I am also partly responsible for running the department’s accredited environmental trace element laboratory with special expertise in ICP-MS analyses of biota, sediment and seawater. Head of the environmental trace element laboratory, Arctic Section, since 2017. Main research topics I have been involved with are:

  • Cycling of contaminants and carbon in the arctic environment
  • Processes and controls for release of contaminants, mainly metals, from mine waste
  • Methods to trace mobility and fate of mining-related metals in the environment
  • Speciation of mining-related metals and new analytical techniques to measure it

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