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26/03/2012 | By | 1 Reply More

Greenland Research in palaeoecology


Friðgeir Grímsson, Ph. D. in geology / paleontology

Friðgeir Grímsson, who holds a Ph.D. in palaeoecology, will head a multinational group of scientists which will conduct research in Greenland and the Faroe Islands this summer, Iceland Review reports.

Greenland Research

Early this month, Friðgeir received a grant of ISK 52 million (USD 400,000; EUR 300,000) from the Austrian Science Fund. Friðgeir received the grant to conduct research on plant fossils in Greenland and the Faroe Islands which are around 65 to 54 million years old and therefore from the beginning of the Cainozoic era.

Friðgeir announced that his team will consist of a group of scientists from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Sweden, Austria and the United States. The results of the research could demonstrate what kind of changes to vegetation may be expected as a result of climate change in the Nordic countries.

Friðgeir Grímsson (Born:1976) currently holds a Senior Post-doc position at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria. He received his Ph. D. in geology / paleontology from the University of Iceland, Reykjavík in 2007.

The focus of his research has been the origin, evolution, and biogeographic affinities of Icelandic Cainozoic floras. Currently, he is studying the impact of global cooling following the Mid-Miocene climatic optimum on European palynofloras.


Late Cainozoic Floras of Iceland

Late Cainozoic Floras of Iceland by Friðgeir Grímsson, Thomas Denk, Reinhard Zetter and Leifur A. Símonarson
Publisher: Springer | Publication Date: September 2, 2011 | ISBN-10: 9400703716 | ISBN-13: 978-9400703711 | Edition: 2011|  Hardcover, 870 pages

Being the only place in the northern North Atlantic yielding late Cainozoic terrestrial sediments rich in plant fossils, Iceland provides a unique archive for vegetation and climate development in this region.

This book includes the complete plant fossil record from Iceland spanning the past 15 million years. Eleven sedimentary rock formations containing over 320 plant taxa are described. For each flora, palaeoecology and floristic affinities within the Northern Hemisphere are established. The exceptional fossil record allows a deeper understanding of the role of the “North Atlantic Land Bridge” for intercontinental plant migration and of the Gulf Stream-North Atlantic Current system for regional climatic evolution. ’Iceland sits as a “fossil trap” on one of the most interesting biogeographic exchange routes on the planet – the North Atlantic. The fossil floras of Iceland document both local vegetational response to global climate change, and more importantly, help to document the nature of biotic migration across the North Atlantic in the last 15 million years.

Reviews: for Late Cainozoic Floras of Iceland
“In this state-of-the-art volume, the authors place sequential floras in their paleogeographic, paleoclimatic and geologic context, and extract a detailed history of biotic response to the dynamics of physical change.“   — Bruce H. Tiffney, University of California, Santa Barbara

“This beautifully-illustrated monograph of the macro- and microfloras from the late Cenozoic of Iceland is a worthy successor to Oswald Heer’s “Flora fossilis arctica”. Its broad scope makes it a must for all scientists interested in climatic change and palaeobiogeography in the North Atlantic region. It will remain a classic for years to come.“   — David K. Ferguson, University of Vienna

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