The research activites at the Department of Earth Science are concentrated in five thematic groups. You can read more about the work of the individual groups and their research projects on their respective home pages.
The department is also involved in three Centres of Excellence:
Research group leaders
Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimate. Leader: Atle Nesje, Deputy: Jostein Bakke
Marine Geology and Geophysics. Leader: Rolf Mjelde, Deputy: Haflidi Haflidason
Geobiology. Leader: Rolf Birger Pedersen
Petroleum Geoscience. Leader: Tor Arne Johansen, Deputy: Robert Gawthorpe
Geodynamics. Leader: Ritske Huismans, Deputy: Harald Walderhaug
The Research Group studies the geological history and the climatic shifts that caused the dramatic variations during the Quaternary (last 2.6 million years). Detailed knowledge of past environmental changes is fundamental for understanding the modern world and future changes.
The research group has its focus on structural and magmatic processes on passive continental margins and on studies of marine sedimentary archives in order to understand paleoclimate, sedimentary processes, margin development and depositional environments.
The Geobiology research group is a part of the Centre for geobiology, which is a partnership between the Department of Earth Science and Department of biology. The centre has been awarded the status of a national Centre of Excellence.
The Petroleum Geoscience Group studies the origin, architecture and physical properties of sedimentary rocks. This knowledge is important in the search for hydrocarbons as well as for the storage of CO2 in subsurface reservoirs.
Even though we can rarely feel it, the lithospere - the rigid outermost shell of the Earth's crust - is in constant motion. The driving forces are fundamental processes deep in the Earth's core. The main research aim for The geodynamics group at the University in Bergen is to gain a deeper understanding of these processes.