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Niels Bohr Professorship

Funded by Danish National Research Foundation

Earth System Petrology is dedicated to understanding our planet’s dynamics and evolution by coupling magmatic, structural, topographic and climatic observations at the Earth’s surface with our growing knowledge of deep mantle and lithosphere processes.


Karina Beck (R), 2nd in Female Speed competition

Multi-talented ESP students!!

04.10.2018 | Talentudvikling

Karina Beck is one of ESP's new MSc students, supervised by Gry Barfod and Charles Lesher. We congratulate Karina on her recent second place win in the Female Speed competition at the Red Bull Rubik's Cube World Championship in Boston!!

Greenland Fieldwork with ESP's Christian Tegner and Thomas Ulrich

14.09.2018 | Forskning

ESP's Christian Tegner and Thomas Ulrich conducted fieldwork in southwest Greenland in June this year. They investigated part of the Nunarsuit Igneous Complex, which is part of the Gardar province that hosts the Rare Earth Element (REE) and uranium occurrences at Kvanefield and Kringlerne (Ilimaussaq intrusion). Overall, the Gardar province is…

Standing on Melfell hyaloclastite.

ESP at Hekla volcano Iceland

03.09.2018 | Forskning

Members of the ESP team conducted fieldwork at Hekla volcano, Iceland between the 6th and 10th of August 2018. The aim was to study and sample lava flows from some of Hekla’s biggest eruption events in the years: 1766-68, 1845 and 1947-48. The fieldwork is related to Rikke Vestergaard’s MSc thesis project supervised by Dr. Gro B. M. Pedersen…

ESP welcomes new visiting scientist

31.08.2018 | Besøg

Associate Prof. Jon Procter, extended stay at Aarhus University

Amazing drone footage of Greenland

28.08.2018 | Forskning

In August 2018, our Geoscience colleagues Mads F Knudsen, John D Jansen, and David L Egholm, completed fieldwork in the Sermilik Fjord region of south-east Greenland, with the aim of unraveling the long term evolution of the this amazingly glaciated landscape. They sampled rocks and sediments for cosmogenic nuclide analysis back at…

ESP at Goldschmidt 2018

14.08.2018 | Konference

Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organised by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. This year the meeting is being held in Boston, and Charles Lesher and Eric Brown are attending to present their latest work with collaborators: Isotope…

ESP contributes to Geoarcheology Publication

15.07.2018 | Forskning

The way forward is cooperation where the meeting between the disciplines opens up discussions about what can be done and what you want to achieve.

ESP seminar

06.06.2018 | Seminar

Dr. Sune Nielsen, WHOI

ESP seminar

06.06.2018 | Seminar

Dr. Veronique Le Roux, WHOI

Anke Zernack - New Postdoc

01.06.2018 | Talentudvikling

LaPaDis Project

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Recent publications

  • Hagen-Peter, G., Tegner, C., Lesher, C.E. (2019). Strontium isotope systematics for plagioclase of the Skaergaard intrusion (East Greenland): A window to crustal assimilation, differentiation, and magma dynamics. Geology. Doi:10.1130/G45639.1 
  • Soprani, S.; Christensen, L.; Alm, O.; Petersen, K.D.Ulrich, T.; Engelbrecht, K. (2019) Design and testing of a horizontal rock bed for high temperature thermal energy storage. Applied Energy 251 1 October 2019, 113345 DOI : doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.113345
  • Tegner, C., Andersen, T.B., Kjøll, H.J., Brown, E.L., Hagen-Peter, G., Corfu, F., Planke, S., and Torsvik, T.H. (2019). A mantle plume origin for the Scandinavian Dyke Complex: a “piercing point” for 615 Ma plate reconstruction of Baltica? Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems doi:10.1029/2018GC007941
  • Thomsen, E., Andreasen, R. (2019) Agricultural lime disturbs natural strontium isotope variations: implications for provenance and migration studies. Science Advances 13 Mar 2019: 5 (3) eaav8083 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav8083
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