One of the most important activities of the Nordic Volcanology Center is the research fellow program. Every year five young Scandinavian geoscientists are invited to do a research project in Iceland.
In 2012 -2013 the following research fellows with the projects have been appointed:
|Ásgeir Einarsson||Nordvulk firstname.lastname@example.org||525 5476|
|Bergrún Arna Óladóttir||Nordvulk email@example.com||525 5484|
|Eirik Gjerløw||Nordvulk fellow and PhD firstname.lastname@example.org||525 5484|
|Esther Ruth Guðmundsdóttir||Nordvulk email@example.com||525 4255|
|Johanne Schmith||Nordvulk fellow and PhD firstname.lastname@example.org||525 4496|
|Sigurjón B. Þórarinsson||Nordvulk email@example.com||525 5476|
|Sylvia Eleonor Berg||Nordvulk fellow and PhD firstname.lastname@example.org||525 4496|
Bergrún Arna Óladóttir
I did observe the Grímsvötn 2011 eruption, experienced the darkness during a heavy tephra fall and measured and sampled freshly fallen tephra. This direct tephra encounter gave me a new vision on tephra and my “pet project” these days is to observe what changes a tephra deposit goes through before it is incorporated in the soil and becomes a measurable tephra layer in soil sections.
Esther Ruth Guðmundsdóttir
Research project at Nordvulk
During my Master’s I also spent 6 months on studying active volcanism at University of Hawaii. There I gained knowledge of the many aspects of volcanology. And I also got to baptize my geo hammer in the red-hot pahoehoe flows. Thus older and wiser I finished my degree.
Then I got involved with teaching and public outreach for a few years. I worked at Danish natural history museums and developed new geological teaching programs for visiting schools. The didactics were based on the intriguing cooperative learning and multi-voiced classroom theories.
I believe that good communication skills are paramount in relation to hazard research and teaching has a very big place in my heart.
My aim is to evaluate the distal hazard potential of hydromagmatic basaltic explosive eruptions. I am primarily interested in eruptions that have reached the European area, such as the recent eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Grímsvötn 2011 and those of Katla in 1625 and 1755. I look at the local tephra distribution in Iceland from specific eruptions and then I study the morphology of the tephra grains. The results are then to be used in tephra dispersal and hazard models. My project is co-funded by NORDVULK and the University of Copenhagen.