Postdocs, MA and Ph.D. projects

A number of Postdocs, PhD's and Masters Students are part of Greenland Perspective's research projects. These projects contribute to our main projects presented under theme packages and also to the aim of producing comprehensive synthesis reports on the future possibilities for Greenland. 

Tom Weber - Artificial Weathering of Greenlandic Rock Flour

Postdoc, Part of the Greenlandic Glacial Rock Flour Project.

Tom works with artificial weathering of Greenlandic rock flour. Rock flour has a fine grain size and is rich on minerals. The large surface-area makes

it possible to transfer minerals from the rock flour to the underneath soil and thereby potentially revitalize drained tropical soil. 
Tom investigates how much carbon dioxide (CO2) the rock flour can bind and is calculating how far the rock flour can be transported, without emitting more CO2 than it binds. In other words Tom is investigating the potential of Greenlandic Rock flour as a sustainable ressource.

Project start: June 2016

Contact Tom

E-mail: tom @

Nicholas Rose - Carbon Draw Down

Postdoc, Part of the Greenlandic Glacial Rock Flour Project.

The work contributes to the work package material characterisation of the Glacial Rock Flour (GRF) project. Specifically, the questions of carbon drawdown and geochemical properties.

The work complements the experimental investigations being undertaken by PostDoc Tom Weber, also employed at GRF project, which have the overall objective to measure the carbon drawdown capacity of GRF. In the course of the experiments a great deal of additional information about the geochemical properties of GRF will be obtained, including the rate at which it reacts with the atmosphere and pore waters, the release of nutrients, and the chemical equilibria that control the dissolution process (whether stable or metastable). All of this information provide important baseline parameters for other work packages in the GRF project.

Contact Nicholas 

E-mail: nrose @

Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann - The Greenlandic Diet Revolution

Postdoc, PI on the Greenlandic Diet Revolution Project.

The project aims at mapping the food microbiome of traditional Greenlandic foods that are not cooked and which are prepared in a natural setting. Through mapping of the food microbiome the project will assess the impact of preparation method, food species and geography on the food microbiome and also the potential biotechnological use of the microbes for food protection candidates in the meat and fish industry.

Contact Aviaja

E-mail: alha @

Klara Cecilia Gunnarsen - Plant Nutritional Value of Greenlandic Rock Flour

Ph.D student, part of the Greenlandic Glacial Rock Flour Project.

Klara investigates the potential of glacial rock flour as soil amendment with a soil fertility building potential. 
Besides providing base cations, the rock flour may have potential to increase soil pH, and thereby influence soil nutrient availability. Klara explores the influence of glacial rock flour amendments on soil fertility, and the potential of various plants and management practices to increase nutrient solubilisation, e.g. root exudates, organic co-amendments, composting, effect of soil biota etc. The focus is on weathered tropical soils, as well as nutrient-depleted temperate soils.
Klara's Ph. D. project is a part of a larger project with partners in Brazil and Denmark. 

Project period: October 2016 - October 2019

Contact Klara

E-mail: kcg @

Sneha Ray Sarkar - Evaluation and Characterization of Glacially Derived Rock Flour in Tropical Soil Amelioration

Ph.D student, Part of the Greenlandic Glacial Rock Flour Project.

Sheha aims at defining and documenting the mineralogical and geochemical composition of glacial rock flour. Sheha works on determining the mineralogy, mineral chemistr, grain surface properties, grain size distribution and the partitioning of different minerals in the grains size spectrum of glacial rock flour. 

These investigations are part of the glacial rock flour project and the results from Shena's work will aid in interpreting results from agricultural studies. 

Project period: May 2017 - May 2020

Contact Sneha

E-mail: tcx470 @

Thomas Varming - Geological Parameters That Determine Oil-Rich Areas in Greenland

Industrial Ph.D. The Oil as a resource project.

Thomas works alongside the Greenlandic oil company NunaOil in his Industrial Ph.D in collaboration with Innovation Fund Denmark

The international competition and low oil price puts economical pressure on Greenland and NunaOil. They are not abe to conduct extensive drillings in Greenland in search for oil in the underground by themselves. 
Thomas uses a paleogene stratigraphic research method to compile data about the Greenland's west coast collected in the past 10 years. Using these methods Thomas is mapping out the areas in Greenland, where there is a high probability of finding oil. This will reduce the number of needed drillings and thereby make oil investigation more effective. 
Project period: 2015-2018.

Contact Thomas

E-mail: tva @

Peter Fink-Jensen - Capelin Migration and Stock Structure using Otolith Microchemistry

Ph.D student, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Aqua - National Institute of Aquatic Ressources

Peter investigates the migrational behaviour of the fish species capelin (Mallotus villosus) in Greenland’s fjords. Capelin (gl: ammassat) is important Greenland’s marine ecosystem.

Peter aims tp aid the sustainable management of capelin stocks, while investigating if there is a basis for commercial fishery of the species in Greenland.

By analysing chemical signatures in ear stones (otoliths) Peter aims to determine the chemical composition of the waters in which individual capelin have resided throughout their life, thus tracking their migrational patterns.

 During the project, capelin otoliths collected from West-, South- and East Greenland, will be collected and analysed by mass spectrometry. The project aims to develop new analytical methods that may be transferred to other fish species and geographical locations.
Peoject period: May 2017 - May 2020

Contact Peter

E-mail: pefi @

Luisa dos Santos Bay Nielsen - Microbial Characterization of Greenland Glacial Rock Flour and its impact on soils

Master's student, Biology, University of Copenhagen. Part of the Greenlandic Glacial Rock Flour Project.
Luisa studies the MSc programme in Biology with a specialisation in Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen, but currently, she is studying at ETH Zürich and Universität Zürich. Luisa's Master thesis concerns the Microbial Characterization of Greenland Glacial Rock Flour (GRF) and its impact on soils. Luisa will examine the microbial community (microbiome) of GRF using state-of-the-art DNA metagenomic approaches to i) identify possible, unknown, GRF-microbes, then to ii) investigate if/how the microbiome of general ecosystem soils changes over time, blended with GRF, and finally to iii) assess the biosecurity implications (ecosystem impacts) of applying GRF to foreign soils. 

Project period: September 2017 - June 2018

Contact Luisa

E-mail: luisan @

Scott Schnur - the Greenlandic food entrepreneurs 

Ph.D student, Emory University, USA. Part of the Arctic as a food producing region project  


Scott Schnur is a PhD student from the Department of Anthropology at Emory University (USA). He studies the conjuncture of climate change, industrial development, and politics in the Circumpolar Arctic. In particular, he is interested in understanding how people's notions of the future guide their political action, the role of scientific research in shaping political discourse, and how various possible futures influence relationships with space and landscapes. Scott is broadly interested in issues of political economy, temporality, the environment, and science and technology studies. He is looking forward to joining the Greenland Perspective team to investigate food production in Greenland. This project builds off his interest in food and his former research with artisanal food producers and small-scale farmers in Maine (USA). He is especially interested in getting to know the strategies and challenges involved in creating and marketing unique, place-based food products. 

Project period: June - September 2017. 


Contact Scott

E-mail: scott.schnur @

Lea Maria Frederiksen

Master's student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Part of the Greenlandic Glacial Rock Flour Project.


My master thesis focus on differences between Glacier Rock Flour (GRF) from Svalbard, Greenland and Alaska. I want to investigate if it is the difference in the bedrock composition or the size of the glacier that effects the GRF’s usability for revitalisation. The study is based on samples from different types of glaciers in Svalbard, Alaska and Greenland.

Project period: September 2017 - June 2018


Contact Lea

E-mail: xcw871 @