Andy is the principal investigator (PI) on the LowPerm project. He is Professor of Cold Environment Biogeochemistry and is currently Head of the Geography Department at Sheffield University as well as being Associate Professor at UNIS.
Prof. Hanne Christiansen
Hanne is the Head of the Geology department at UNIS. Her research focusses on permafrost dynamics and geomorphology. Hanne has set up a monitoring programme that tracks active layer development in Adventdalen.
Prof. Kai Finster
Kai is particularly interested in extreme environments and the microbes that can make a living under these conditions. His research activities bridge the cellular and ecosystem level and include Mars and exoplanets.
Dr. Jacob Yde
Jacob C. Yde is a glaciologist working with glacial weathering processes, glacier hydrology and glacier changes. He has almost two decades of experience from fieldwork in Greenland, Svalbard, Norway and Chile
Dr. Steve Thornton
Steve has over 20 years experience in contaminant hydrogeology, with particular research interests in laboratory, field and modelling studies of natural attenuation processes the transport and fate of pollutants.
Dr. Gunnar Mallon
Gunnar's research focuses on understanding the ecological processes (macro to micro) within permafrost wetlands as well as the climate, landscape evolution, and palaeoecological history of Adventdalen.
Dr. Ebbe Norskov Bak
Ebbe is investigating the fate of organic matter in thawing permafrost with focus on the effects of microbial metabolism. He is examining the turnover of iron and sulphur species as well as the microbial community structure permafrost samples.
Brendan’s role is to investigate the physical ground ice conditions and cryostratigraphy in lowland permafrost. The work focuses on defining the variation in ground ice characteristics within ice-wedge polygons in Adventdalen.
Dr. Aga Nowak
Aga principal responsibility is the monitoring of catchment dynamics and chemical properties of water flowing through the Adventdalen landscape.
Eleanor is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sheffield. She is investigating the links between depositional landscape evolution, biogeochemistry, and biogas emissions of coastal lowland permafrost in Svalbard.