Articles from the inception of the centre until 2009
The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) has recently started a drilling campaign in the Dead Sea looking for evidence of life in an extreme hypersaline environment.
Summer 2011 Antje Gittel took part in a sampling campaign on the Taymyr Peninsula in Northern Russia.
While many researchers are coming to CGB to gain access to both the Centre’s laboratory resources and researchers, CGB researchers are also travelling abroad to access technical resources not available at the University of Bergen.
Jan Mayen, Norway's active volcanic island, is a very beautiful place and has a dramatic geological history that extends into the recent past. Read his reports.
CGB researcher Nicola McLoughlin was a co-author of the introduction to the latest issue of Astrobiology.
Bjarte Hannisdal is co-author of a new paper in Science that shows that long-term changes in marine animal diversity may have been linked to the Earth's geological evolution over the last 500 million years.
Two billion year old rocks are providing information about a period of extreme carbon cycle disruption and the Great Oxidation Event – both critically important to our understanding of Earth’s geological and biological history.
Three CGB researchers are among the authors of a top 50 most cited article.
For two weeks at the end of summer 2011, two researchers from the Centre of Geobiology were involved in the testing of NIVA’s new lander system.
Research in this theme involves deep-sea exploration and searching for new extreme environments. It therefore forms a basis for the geobiological research carried out by several of the other themes.
Research in this area has had the best possible start with the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Arctic; a vent system hosting a unique and basically unexplored fauna. The discovery and sampling of these new arctic vent fields provide unique data to further understand the migration of...
Steffen Jorgensen, a PhD student at CGB, was sea for two months in autumn 2011 on an international research cruise.
Researchers at CGB are participating in the EU project ECO2.
Building on discussions that began in 2005, the European Science Foundation established a consortium of 16 national institutions, funding agencies and companies from 10 European countries in 2006 as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
This week CGB researchers took delivery of 90 boxes or 800 meters of drill core collected during the Barberton Scientific Drilling Project in South Africa earlier this year.
According to Centre leader, Rolf-Briger Pedersen, frontier research such as that in the areas of deep sea, deep bio-sphere, zero-time (deep time) is risky business, but this year the field activities have paid off!
It can be difficult to infer detailed geological information from surface rocks because these are often badly preserved and greatly changed by the effects of weathering at the earth’s surface. Drilling into rocks allows you to get beneath the surface to collect pristine material in a continuous...
A dedicated team from Drillers in Training cc. enabled us to collect some of the earliest and best preserved rocks in Africa. The drill cores hold clues to the nature of microbial life and environments on the ancient earth.
Researchers from the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen, a number of whom are now associated with CGB, have been working marine geology and geophysical questions in the Norwegian and Polar seas for years.
It is becoming increasingly critical to address the need to learn more about the deep sea ecosystems because fishery technology is also developing and the need for new fisheries is driving expansion into the deep sea. This means that we need to find out what lives there before it is lost forever.
Authorities involved with the most recent beaching contacted researchers before dealing with the carcass. Schander was able to provide them with information about effective sinking protocols for the establishment of a “natural laboratory” around the carcass in the deeper fjord waters.
In Hordaland it is the fire department that is generally called upon to take care of the occasional whale carcass find. Biologists are becoming increasingly aware that such carcasses are evolutionary treasure troves - macro-nutrient “oases”.
Sunday 16 September, Rolf-Birger Pedersen, the leader of the Centre for Geobiology, gave a popular science lecture at the new Science Centre in Bergen, VILVITE. (www.vilvite.no). The lecture was part of a series of popular science lectures being given at the Centre on Sundays.
The Mesocosm Laboratory at Espeland Marine Biological Station has been a centre for much fascinating research. Christoffer Schander is a professor at the Department of Biology at the University of Bergen and a group leader in the Centre for GEOBIOLOGY. He explains that now it will be possible for...