Thorbjørn Joest Andersen

Thorbjørn Joest Andersen


Place of work
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
University of Copenhagen
Øster Voldgade 10
DK 1350 København K
Phone: +45 35322503 (direct), 3532 2500 (switch board), +45 26393503 (mobile)

CV as of Jan 2017


Present position

Professor, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN), Center for Permafrost (CENPERM), University of Copenhagen (KU).


Academic background

Phd, Institute of Geography, KU, 2001

Msc in Physical Geography, Institute of Geography, KU, 1998



2015-present   Professor at IGN KU.

2008-2015      Associate professor at IGN, KU.

2007-2008       Associate research professor at Department of Geography and Geology (IGG), KU.

2004-2007       Associate research professor at IGG, (Steno scholarship funded by the Danish Natural Science Research Council).

2002-2003         Guest Scientist at GKSS, Hamburg, Germany.

2002-2004       Post doc at IGG. Post-doc grant from the Carlsberg Foundation.

2001-2002       Ammanuensis at IGG, University of Copenhagen.


Other Qualifications

2013-present   Head of Study board for Geosciences and Management

2003-present Manager of the Pb-210 and Cs-137 dating facility “Gamma Dating Centre Copenhagen” at IGN.  This position involves scientific cooperation with partners and clients from numerous universities.  

2008-2013       Head of Studies of Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Copenhagen



Main Research Activities

Main research activities are within the fields of erosion, transport and deposition of fine-grained cohesive sediment - including microplastics - within estuarine and marine environments and chronostratigraphy and climate history of Holocene deposits. Special attention is given to the interactions between biology and sedimentology, aggregation of fine-grained sediment and fine-grained deposits as climate and environmental archives as well as the influence of sea level rise, storms and storm surges on estuarine sedimentation.  Studies are presently carried out in Greenland, Rødsand Lagoon, the Wadden Sea, The Baltic Sea, Sweden and Vietnam.


International relations

Co-operation with numerous research-groups in Europe, China and Vietnam. More than 150 co-authors on publication list.


Student supervision

Supervisor or co-supervisor of ~ 20 master-thesis projects. Supervisor or co-supervisor of five phd-students. 

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