02/05/2018 // 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

PhD Defence - Andrea Schneider

Master of Science Andrea Schneider, will publicly defend her PhD dissertation on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. All are welcome to attend the lectures at Auditorium 1.207, Naturfagbygget, Dramsvegen 201.


9:15 Trial lecture: “The methane cycle in a global geological perspective”


11:15 Defense: “Diagenetically altered benthic foraminifera reveal paleo-methane seepage”


1st opponent, Professor Marta Torres, Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Corvallis, Oregon, US

2nd opponent, Professor Ulysses Ninnemann, University in Bergen, Department of Earth Sciences, Bergen, Norway

Internal member and Head of committee, Professor Anders Schomacker, Department of Geosciences, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

Leader of the defense, Vice Dean Alfred Hanssen, Faculty of Science and Technology, UiT, Tromsø, Norway


1st supervisor, Associate Professor Giuliana Panieri, Department of Geosciences, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and CAGE Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate, Tromsø, Norway

2nd supervisor, Senior Researcher Jochen Knies, Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway

3rd supervisor, Senior Researcher Aivo Lepland, Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway


04/06/2018 - 05/06/2018 // 12:00 AM

MagellanPlus Workshop: Temporal evolution of Arctic gas hydrate and methane seepage systems

The workshop aims to bring together a team of scientists from wide-ranging disciplines to develop a comprehensive IODP proposal to quantify the links between large scale geological processes and methane seepage systems in the Fram Strait, the Atlantic-Arctic gateway. The Fram Strait is the only deep-water passage between the Arctic Ocean and the subpolar oceans that has a key role in modulating and recording present and past changes in oceanographic and climate conditions. It offers a unique geological setting with the potential to provide ground-breaking insights into the links between geodynamic processes, hydrothermal circulation, and abiogenic processes. The Fram Strait is particularly suited for studying how ultra-slow spreading ridge tectonism and glaciations affect methane and gas hydrate systems. The potential impact of such interactions on geochemical and biological cycles is of special interest. The working hypothesis is that methane seepage in the Arctic has been intensified with the onset of glaciations. Furthermore, we postulate that abiogenic methane has been a significant component of the fluid budget in Arctic sediments. We invite all scientists interested in developing proposals for scientific drilling in the Fram Strait to join us in Tromsø, Norway.


To register, please send a mail to by the 25th of April 2018 along with an expression of interest and a short CV. Early-career scientists are particularly encouraged to register.

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