Scandinavian and Celtic studies: towards a common discourse

I am Professor of Old Norse Philology (norrøn filologi) at the Arnamagnæan Institute, a research centre within the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Humanities.

From September 2016 to August 2017, I was also Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Ulster University, attached to the Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute at Magee College in Derry.

Using new methods of multiphoton microscopy to examine molecular organization in fibrillary assemblies of macromolecules

Professor Sophie Brasselet visited the biophysics group within the physics department at the University of Exeter during the academic year 2016–2017. The activities covered different topics related to bio-imaging, where Prof Brasselet contributed her knowledge in microscopy imaging and more particularly the use of light polarization. The interaction with the staff at the host institution has been extremely fruitful in both directions.

Enemy rule: the military occupations of First World War Europe

I am a historian of the First World War and was the recipient of a 12-month Visiting Professorship at the University of Kent, August 2016 – July 2017. Mark Connelly, who invited me, is an expert on British society and the First World War who has written on the war in film, in memory and ritual; on the British Army; and on the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission. 

Cassiope tetragona growth rate as a proxy of climate change on Ellesmere Island, Canada

The Arctic Tundra is an enigmatic biome. Its largely treeless plains feature low-lying sedges, grasses, mosses and shrubs adapted to permafrost, the permanently frozen subsoil that underpins what is, in fact, a surprisingly diverse northern ‘oasis’. As a region identified as particularly vulnerable to accelerated climate warming, a study of its flora can reveal much about the effects of such changes. A general study can give an overview of the ecological response to climate change in circumpolar regions, while individual species can be used as a proxy of long-term climate variations.

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