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Jens Søndergaard

Ph.D., Senior Researcher

Jens Søndergaard
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I study trace metal cycling in the Arctic, especially mining pollutants and long-transported pollutants such as mercury as a basis for environmental assessments. My research area lies in the interface between environmental chemistry, geochemistry, analytical chemistry and biology.

The key research topics include release of pollutants from soil and mine waste and development of methods to trace dispersion and bioaccumulation. The methods involve a range of analytical techniques with special focus on mass spectrometry for measurements of both total concentrations and isotope ratios in environmental samples.

Since 2009, I have worked as a Research Scientist, Senior Advisor and later Senior Researcher for Aarhus University (AU). I have a background in Geography/Geology (M.Sc) and Chemistry (B.Sc) from University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Copenhagen/University of Svalbard in 2009. 

I am involved with both research and advisory activities in the department and I am responsible for running the department’s accredited environmental trace metal laboratory and the new isotope geochemistry laboratory. I have more than 10 years of expertise with ICP-MS analyses of biota, sediment, fresh- and seawater and have recently starting working with MC-ICP-MS. 

I have many years of experience with fieldwork in rough conditions and have conducted fieldwork in the Arctic since 2001.

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