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Nil Irvali Postdoc (UiB), RF1

What did you do before you joint the Nansen Legacy?

I achieved my PhD degree within the fields of Paleoceanography & Paleoclimatology, at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen. Following my PhD I have worked as a researcher at Uni Climate, Uni Research and UiB-GEO. My research focuses on improving our understanding of past changes in surface ocean hydrography and climate on decadal-centennial timescales, during warm and warmer-than-present climate states.

Photo: Nil Irvali

What will you be working on within the Nansen Legacy?

I will be working with sediment cores from the Barents Sea, recovered during the recent Nansen Legacy - Paleo Cruise that took place in September 2019. I will use high-resolution stable isotope analysis of planktonic and benthic foraminifera, together with trace metal analysis (Mg/Ca paleothermometry) to reconstruct changes in surface ocean hydrography and climate through the Holocene, over the past 12000 years.

Photo: Vårin Trælvik Eilertsen

What are you looking most forward to in your Post doc project?

It is very exciting to be part of a large multi-disciplinary project such as the Nansen Legacy. I am looking forward to work in collaboration with oceanographers, and climate modelers in order to better understand the ocean-climate variability in the Arctic.

Photo: Foto: Øystein Mikkelborg, NPI

The Arctic, what fascinates you the most?

Everything about the Arctic is fascinating, mostly the nature, wildlife, Northern Lights.

Photo: Siv N. K. Hoff

What is the first thing you think off when hearing the name, Fridtjof Nansen?

First things that come to mind are “the Arctic”, “Oceanography” and “Fram”.

Which book/film/music has made the largest impression on you lately?

"Brief Answers to the Big Questions" by Stephen Hawking was an inspiring read.

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(Picture of Kronprins Haakon: Øystein Mikkelborg, NPI)

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