Research Interest

The driving mechanisms behind my work are perhaps my curiosity to find out how our planet works and my affection for the sea. One of the best ways to combine this, is to do marine geology and geophysics. The advent of plate tectonics has improved our understanding of the world in an unprecendented way. Today we can almost predict what type of rock we will find anywhere in the uppermost 30 km of the ocean floor, and research emphasis is changing to processes controlling the evolution of areas that are more directly relevant to society such as the continental margins. The continental margins are both the breeding grounds for fish and other ecological assets, and they host most of the fossil energy resources. Proper management of these resources will require a sound understanding of the geological and biological processes that affect these areas, and this is where we are contributing. The topics that I find most exciting at the moment are submarine slope stability - a process that shapes vast areas on the continental margins but is very little understood, and all aspects of fluid flow and subsurface deformation related to fluid flow. In the past I have been working on a number of other geological problems such as the tectonic settings of the Galicia Margin, the collision zones around Taiwan and the volcanic passive margins of Norway. I am also very much interested in Hawaiian and Icelandic volcanism, seismic imaging, the deep continental crust, structural geology and petroleum geology.