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Bent Vad Odgaard

Professor emeritus

Curriculum Vitae


  • 1973-1978: Biology at the University of Aarhus
  • 1979-1980: Vegetation history at the University of Copenhagen
  • 1980: Cand.scient. (MSc) thesis: Postglacial vegetation history of Skovbjerg Bakkeø, western Jutland, University of Copenhagen
  • 1994: Dr. scient. (DSc) thesis: The Holocene vegetation history of northern West Jutland, Denmark, University of Copenhagen


Academic Appointments

  • 1980-1992: Research assistant at Division of Geobotany, Geological Survey of Denmark
  • 1984-1989: Scientific editor of the botanical (bryological) journal "Lindbergia"
  • 1985-1992: Member of editorial committee of the palynological journal "Grana"
  • 1992-2002: Senior research palaeoecologist at Geological Survey of Denmark (GEUS)
  • 1993-          Member of the University External Examiner group for Biology (Censorkorps for Biologi)
  • 1996            Acting head of Division of Environmental History and Climate Change, (GEUS)
  • 1996-          Member of editorial committee of "Danish Journal of Geography"
  • 1996-2001: Member of radiocarbon steering committee of the Copenhagen 14 C laboratory
  • 1997-          Member of geology expert group under Swedish Natural Science Research Council
  • 1998-2003: Project leader, AGRAR 2000, multidisciplinary group of about 20 researchers
  • 2002-          Full professor, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Aarhus
  • 2002-2005: Member of referee group, Norwegian Research Council



  • 1994: The Professor Carl Rasch Award for outstanding research (Danish Botanical Society)


Major research interests since 1980

  • Holocene vegetation history of Jutland as reflected by pollen assemblages and charred particles of lake sediments and fossil soils
  • Long-term history of the cultural landscape in Denmark
  • Mosses in Quaternary deposits and their palaeoecology
  • Long-term landscape-scale floristic diversity dynamics in relation to disturbance levels (funded by the Carlsberg Foundation)
  • The relation between floristic richness and regional pollen assemblages in lake surface sediments (funded by four Danish Research Councils)
  • The application of numerical techniques to palaeoecological problems
  • Recent palaeolimnology of Danish shallow lakes, using plant macrofossils (funded by the Danish Environmental Research Programme)
  • Recent lake eutrophication using palaeolimnologicl techniques (funded by county administrations)