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Rune Dietz


Short CV

I have worked 40 years with contaminants and marine mammals. I have extensive Arctic field experience over the last 37 years and has been involved with satellite tracking of marine mammals during the last 30 years. I have been tracking more than 500 animals from 15 primary marine mammal species with satellite tags and others data loggers. RD has been responsible for a large part of the samples stored in Department for Arctic Environment Data Bank, which were initiated more than 35 years ago. In the later years examination of historic samples have revealed the temporal trends of Mercury in polar bears and other top predators before the industrial revolution (>150 years). RD have also published results on all contaminant groups including conventional POPs, brominated flame retardants and perflourinated compounds covering more than three decades in e.g. polar bears and ringed seals. Since 1999 the contaminant work has been linked with effect studies from the Arctic regions, which are the longest lasting Arctic effect studies. RD was also responsible for the controlled effect study on sledge dogs, where the effects of contaminants from the Greenlandic food were investigated. Within the Arctic Research Center (ARC) RD has become responsible for combining wildlife and human health in Greenland. The biological effect work deals with the cross-field of biological effects from exposure to environmental chemicals, diseases and climate change. We have worked with internal and reproductive organs (histopathology, size, and morphology), skeletal system (bone density and morphology using e.g. DXA scanning), immune system (intra dermal testing of lymphocyte functioning, immune globulin production and cytokine and APP expressions), endocrine system (steroid and peptide hormones), PBPK modelling and blood biochemistry. Zoonotic diseases are becoming of larger importance over the latest years e.g. through the work under ZORRO. From 2017 to 2020 RD is PI on an EU BONUS project BaltHealth covering the Baltic adjacent waters. I have an extensive collaboration with science colleagues around the World, of which I have published scientific work with more than 200 colleagues. I am or have been supervisor, co-supervisor and coauthored with around 50 Masters and PhD students and Post Docs in Denmark, Norway, Germany, Canada and USA.


Education and degrees:

Education and Degrees:

May 2008 Natural Scientific Doctoral degree (DSc) from the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.
Aug 1981 Graduated from the University of Copenhagen (Cand. Scient. Biology).


As of December 2018, I have published and submitted 316 (and a similar number of reports and conference contributions) of which some 266 publications are found at Researcher Id /ISI/WoS which has received 8.055 citations with an average of 31 citations per article. ISI/WoS H-index: 48. As of December 2018, 492 publications are found in Google Scholar which has received 12,059 citations with an average of 23 citations per article. Google Scholar H-index: 61. As of August 2018, 363 publications are found at ResearchGate with an RG-score of 45.74, 37,099 reads, 9,918 citations. ResearchGate H-index: 55.