My research is mainly on the vegetation and climate history of the time from the last glacial period until today. I use plant remains such as pollen, seeds, leaves, and needles that have been deposited in lakes and bogs. The plant remains can tell us about past vegetation and landscapes, and how changes in climate, environment and human impact has affected the vegetation.
The projects I am involved in are about:
* climate and environemental changes in the Ural Mountains, Russia
* how our forests have changes since the last glacial period
* climate change and how it affects the tree line in the Norwegian mountains
* how pollen are spread across the present day landscape
I do teaching in the following courses:
BIO 101 - Organismal biology I - the botany part
BIO 250 - Palaeoecology
BIO 299 - Research experience
I can offer MSC and PhD, and Bachelor projects in relation to my research interests.
My former students are;
- Vivian Astrup Felde. Terrestrial biodiversity through time – novel methods and their applications. 2011-2014. Uni Research Climate and Department of Biology, UoB. Main supervisor.
- Kristine Fjordheim. Vegetation dynamics and historic changes on mires. Effects of changing land use, environment and climate on scythed outfields. 2007-2011. Department of Biology, UoB. Co-supervisor.
- Isabella Rudolph. Past and future wildfires in Norway. 2008-2013. Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Co-supervisor.
- Ingelinn Aarnes. Vegetation and climate reconstruction based on plant macrofossils from Andøya, northern Norway. 2007-2010. Department of Biology, UoB. Co-supervisor.
- Ingeborg Helvik. Ecosystem processes in connection to the establishment of Fagus sylvatica in southern Norway. 2009-2010. Department of Biology, UoB. Main supervisor.
- Anveig Nordtug Wist. Spatial structure of the charcoal record in a boreal landscape. - A quantitative study of a lake sediment and the surrounding forest soil. 2008. Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Co-supervisor.
- Kjersti Ane Bredesen. Vegetation and forest history in Gammeldalen valley, Hedmark. 2007. Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Co-supervisor.