Naja Mikkelsen
”Eventyret venter den, som forstår at gribe det”Knud Rasmussen

Naja Mikkelsen

Participation in the 2011 expedition will greatly improve the available marine sediment core material urgently needed for outlining the longer climatic history of North East Greenland.


Present position
Senior research scientist; Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen

Professional experience
2000-present Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland;
1997-1999 Ministry of Environment and Energy;
1992-1994 Secretariat for the ESF Consortium for Ocean Drilling Program (ODP);
1989-1990 Ministry of the Environment;
1978-2000 Geological Survey of Denmark with leave of absence for shorter term appointments in Norway and France;
1975- 1978 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California.

Professional activities
2010 Vice president International Arctic Science Committee;
2010 National expert for the EU environmental program;

Reviewer for scientific journals and funding agencies. Organiser and convener of international scientific conferences, workshops and advanced research courses.

Research activities
Marine geology and Late Quaternary climate history and paleoceanography of the Arctic.

Field experience
Sea-going experience and participation in marine geological expeditions in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans around Greenland and with ice breakers in the Arctic Ocean.
Participation in scientific ice camps on ice floes in the Arctic Ocean.
Many seasons of field work in Greenland

Current Research Projects
Co-ordinator of research projects funded by EU, international and national agencies.
Presently coordinating the projects ‘Permagas’; ‘Late Holocene climate change in SW Green- land’; ‘Traces of the Norse in Sarfannguit’.

Public outreach, Supervision and teaching
Active participation in public outreach with regular public scientific presentations and popular scientific papers and news articles.
MSc and PhD supervisor and teacher at university and company courses.
Organiser of two arctic courses for Greenlandic students.


1978: Ph.D. Marine geology; Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California and University of Copenhagen
1975: M.Sc. in geology; University of Copenhagen
1975 - present: Several specialist courses and Management courses.


2006-2009 Member of the EU Framework-7 Advisory Board for Environment and Climate;
2005- 2007 Chair of the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board;
2004- Member of the Commission for Scientific Research in Greenland;
2005 Member of the Board of directors, Danish Arctic Institute.
1993-1997 Member of the UK National Environmental Research Council;
1989-2000 Member of the Norwegian Research Council

Udvalgte produktioner og publikationer

Author and co-author of peer-reviewed scientific papers, conference papers, abstracts, technical reports.