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Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz

Ph.D., Professor

Short Curriculum Vitae, Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz

Scientific profile: I am a marine geologist with expertise in understanding the climate system, in particular ocean circulation and its interaction with atmosphere and cryosphere, based on micropalaeontology and multiproxy studies of marine sediment cores. Moreover, I am a world leading expert in Arctic foraminifera and have described 9 new foraminiferal species, 3 of which have proven essential in past climate reconstructions.
Breakthrough of my work include: finding that climate of the last interglacial was more unstable that our present interglacial; showing that a 55-70 year cyclicity of Atlantic sea-surface temperature variability has existed for the last 8000 years; the North Atlantic Oscillation climate seesaw changes overall mode at centennial scale; and showing that off West Greenland the ice sheet was smaller during the so-call Last Glacial Maximum than during the otherwise less extensive ice sheet 60,000 years ago, likely due to the effect of very warm ocean waters in the region 20,000 years ago. My research is carried out with extensive international collaboration.
I am an experienced project leader and manager and am dedicated to nurturing young scientists, e.g. through supervising students and mentored postdocs and other early-stage researchers.

Personal: Born May 8, 1963 in Sønderborg, Denmark; Danish nationality; female.

Place of work: Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Studies and scientific degrees
1992 (Nov 23) Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from Aarhus University.
1989M.Sc. in Geology from Aarhus University.

Professional employment
2013- Professor, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University (AU)
2009-2013Associate professor with special qualifications (msk), Dept. of Earth Sciences, AU.
2001-2009Associate professor, Department of Earth Sciences, AU.
1996-2000Associate research professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, AU.
1995Postdoctoral fellow, Université de Bordeaux I, France.
1993-1994Postdoctoral fellow, GEOTOP, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Awards: In 2019 I was awarded the Danish Geology Prize (Danmarks Geologipris 2018). From 2014, I am included in “Den Blå Bog”, the Danish ‘Who’s Who’. In 1996, I received the Ole Rømer Fellowship from the Danish Research Council, then the most prestigious grant in Denmark.

Institutional and national responsibilities (selected, last 10 years):
My experience in research leadership and my strong commitment to community service has lead AU to ask me take up a range of responsibilities. Among those are appointment as representative to Danish follow group for Horizon Europe Cluster 5 (Climate and Environment). Subsequently the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark asked me to lead the national Cluster 5 working group and in 2021 the ministry appointed me as their general advisor on this issue. At the Dept. of Geoscience, AU, I lead the Climate and Environment Research Cluster, I am member of the research committee (acting as chair 2011-15), and I am also member of the Steering Committee, the de-facto leadership of the department.
At the faculty level, I for 9 years (2012-2021) chaired the Academic Council, which as the highest democratically-elected body served as advisors to the Dean and the Rector. As part of these duties I have also been member of the steering group for a university-wide investigation of freedom of research and have helped developed courses in research integrity. Since 2019 I have been the faculty advisor for proper research conduct.
I was also recently (2021) chairing the evaluation of geoscience educations, U Copenhagen, Denmark, with the request for ideas for improvement of their educations. Since 2017, I am member of the board of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).
International commissions of trust (selected). I am the Danish representative of the steering committee for the European consortium (ECORD) of the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and of its scientific board (ESSAC), where I have served since 2008. I am Member of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Marine Working Group (2018-). From January 2021 I serve as a member of the Advisory Board, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potzdam, Germany.

Research leadership and funding:
As an experienced research leader, I consider a stimulating environment essential for excellent research and training. I have built up a research group, the ‘Paleoceanography and Palaeoclimate Group’ (https://geo.au.dk/paleo) that presently counts one assistant professor, 3 postdocs, 2 PhD students and visiting researchers, in addition to myself. This has been possible, as through my career I have been able to attract funding of ca 7.5 mill € (56 mill DKK) from public and private foundations (Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF); EU FP7, Horizon2020; Carlsberg Foundation; Villum Foundation); current project funding as PI: 2.1 mill € from DFF and Horizon2020 (for details see below). In the last 10 years I have also lead 10 research and teaching expeditions.
In addition to leading my own research projects, I am responsible for time series and paleo work in H2020 project ‘ECOTIP’ (2020-24), and was leader of two (sub)WPs for the EU EP7 project ‘Past4Future’ (2010-14). I have also been asked to join the leadership of two research centres (the Arctic Research Centre (https://arctic.au.dk/) and the iCLIMATE Centre (https://iclimate.au.dk/) at Aarhus University and I am vice chair of the Villum Research Station, N. Greenland.

Recent research support (PI or co-PI):
Total funding since 1989: ~56 mill DKK.
2021-2024The NE Greenland shelf – a blank spot on the map (GreenShelf), Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences; 6,183,661 dkk).
2020-2024EcoTip. Horizon2020; ca 4.700.000 dkk)
2018-2020IceDynamO, The dynamics of sea ice variability – role of the oceans, Marie Curie Fellowship to Theodora Pados, Horizon2020; ca 1.600.000 dkk).
2017-2021Sea-ice variability around Greenland (G-Ice) (Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences, FNU; 5.469.606 dkk).
2017-2019Annual growth ring studies of climate and pollution changes in Greenland (AnnuCliP). (Science and Technology, Aarhus University; 496,000 DKK).
2016-2017NorthGreen2017 expedition (Dansk Center for Havforskning, field work logistics; 2,804,000 DKK). + 950,000 DKK in co-funding from the Canadian Research Council.

Cruise leader experience:
2021co-PI, HDMS Lauge Koch, Davis Strait, W. Greenland (seismics; sediment coring); 9 scientist, 1 week.
2017PI, RV Dana, interdisciplinary (oceanography, plankton, seismics, sediments) expedition to NE Greenland; 20 scientists, 3 weeks.
2014-2019 PI of annual Marine Geoscience teaching/research cruises RV Aurora; 1 week/year.
2013PI, RV Sanna, Nuuk, W. Greenland (oceanography, sediments, microbiology, paleoclimate); 1 week.
2011co-PI, RV Justo Sierra, Yucatan Strait, Gulf of Mexico (sediments; paleoceanography; ITCZ); 1 week.

Community services:
Research Council membership, review panels service and application reviews:
2019-Member of the Norwegian Research Council portfolio steering committee (PSNATEK).
2017-2018Member of the Norwegian Research Council (FRINATEK) granting committee.
2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 Member of evaluation panel, FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal.
2015-2016Member of evaluation panel, Beaumont Forum
2015, 2016Member of evaluation panel, Norwegian Research Council
2015Member of evaluation panel, Innovation Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain
2005-2010Member of the Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences.
2005-2008Member of the Expert Panel for NordForsk, Nordic Council of Ministers.

Evaluation committees for academic or leadership positions. I often act as evaluator of candidates for positions as prof. (4), assoc. prof./senior scientist (6), and docent (1) at U Stockholm and U Gothenborg (Sweden), U Kiel & IOW-Warnemünde (Germany), U New South Wales, Australia, U Copenhagen and Geol. Surv. of Denmark and Greenland (Denmark). I have advised on filling Rector, Dean, Vice Dean and Head of Department positions at AU.
Opponent, external examiner of 11 PhD (UCL, Belgium, France, UiT, Norway; U. Granada, Spain; Stockholm U & Lund U, Sweden) and 15 MSc theses (UQAM, Canada; U Copenhagen, DK; UiT, Norway).

Editorial work:
2020-Associate editor, Frontiers in Marine Geoscience.
2020-Editorial board member, GEUS bulletin
2017- co-Chief Editor, Climate of the Past, Copernicus (https://www.climate-of-the-past.net/editorial_board.html).
2012-2013Co-quest editor of special issue on palaeo sea-ice proxies in Quaternary Science Reviews.
Conference organisation, selected
2009-2021 Convenor of sessions at the European Geoscience Union, Vienna, Austria, April; every year
2018Co-convenor of session at the Nordic Geological Winter Meeting, Copenhagen, January.
2015Co-convenor of session at the INQUA conference, Nagoya, Japan.
2009Co-organizer of the international ‘Beyond Kyoto’ conference, Aarhus University.

I currently teach four BSc and MSc level courses in climate, evolution of life, paleontology and marine geology. I also give classes in proper research conduct.

Supervision and mentoring:
Main supervisor: Aarhus University (AU), Denmark: Postdocs: 12 past, 2 current; PhD: 5 graduated, 2 on-going. MSc: 27 grad. BSc: 27 grad. Many ERASMUS interns (3-6 months), ca 1-2/year on average.
Co-supervisor: AU: Postdocs: 1 current; PhD: 1 grad., 1 ongoing. U of Quebec à Montreal, Canada, PhD: 1 grad., 1 on-going; MSc: 1 on-going. U of Gothenburg, Sweden, BSc: 1 graduated.
I have on a regular basis been asked by Aarhus University management to act as mentor for Early Career Researchers (ECR) at different departments as part of the university’s official mentoring programme. In today I have mentored 4 ERCs though this programme, one of whom is today a full professor. In addition, I have acted as mentor for 3 ECRs at the department, two have obtained tenure and 1 is in the process.

Major contributions to the early careers of excellent researchers:
I am highly dedicated to nurturing young people through supervising students and mentored postdocs and other ECRs. It is gratifying to see young people thrive and I have had the pleasure of helping many ECRs in my care develop excellent careers. Of the 12 postdocs and 5 PhD students that I have supervised, two have received associate professorships at Ningbo University (U), PR China, one is a tenure track (TT) assistant prof. at U of New Brunswick, Canada, another is TT assist. prof. at the Dept. of Geoscience, Aarhus University (AU), while one is an associate professor at the Dept. of Geoscience, AU. I have also acted as official mentor of four ERCs at PhD to assist. prof. level at three different departments at AU. One of these is now a full Professor at AU and she recently won the Danish Elite Research Prize 2021. I currently acts as mentor of two TT assist. profs.

Public outreach:
Many lectures for the Peoples’ University and at other ocations, such as for the Danish Parliament, interviews for TV, radio (e.g. Kraniebrud) and newspapers (e.g. Mandag Morgen, Information, Politiken). Written 33 public outreach articles (Videnskab.dk, Aktuel Naturvidenskab, Altinget etc) and two science education papers.

Research output:
Peer-reviewed international scientific journals are my main research outlet (128 papers), although I am also committed to public outreach (33 papers). I firmly believe that society should have access to publically-funded research and ~75% of my research papers of the last 6 years are published as gold open access with data made available in public databases or as supplementary information. My scientific papers range from specialist investigations of Arctic foraminiferal taxonomy and environmental studies, over detailed multi-proxy investigations on climatic and environmental questions to large-scale multi-method consortium-based studies of global climate. Although I have (co)-authored a number of papers in high-impact journals, my choice of publication outlet is primarily based on, which journal will be most relevant for the topic.
73.9% of my papers over the last 6 years are published in the top 10% Scopus-indexed journals in the field of Earth and Planetary Science worldwide, 28.3% in top 1%. 23.4% of my papers are among the 10% most cited and my papers have a field-weighted citation impact of 2.30 (for “geology” alone it is 3.68) (source: SciVal, March 5-8 2021). I am lead authors/project lead of for about 50% of these papers, but I rarely choose to be corresponding author as I believe that this is an important learning experienced for ECRs.

Date for update 20-10-2021