Chief Scientists

Alan C. Mix

Alan Mix is Professor of Oceanography in the divisions of Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry and of Geology and Geophysics in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, where he has also served as Associate Dean.  He arrived at OSU after receiving a doctoral degree from Columbia University (PhD 1986). A seagoing oceanographer and veteran of 18 previous research expeditions ranging from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and all points in between, his studies span the fields of paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, paleoecology, and isotope geochemistry, and have been central to understanding mechanisms of large-scale climate change.


He recently served on the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences, currently co-chairs the Past Global Change project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP/PAGES), and has recently become President-Elect of The Oceanography Society. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and a member of the Geological Society of America, the European Geosciences Union, and The Oceanography Society.


Alan is particularly excited to lead such a strong interdisciplinary team going to Petermann Glacier, and deeply appreciates the efforts of the US National Science Foundation and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat that are making the study possible.  He also acknowledges the efforts of the governments of Denmark, Greenland, Sweden, Canada and Nunavut, who have all recognized the importance of Arctic climate and environmental change in the past, present, and future, for their own citizens and for the world.



Martin Jakobsson


Martin Jakobsson is particularly interested in Arctic Ocean glacial history and the history of the Greenland Ice Sheet. He works mostly with geophysical mapping and sediment core data, and specializes in submarine glacial landforms, the development of Digital Bathymetric Models (DBMs) from a mixture of data sources, and the use of GIS and 3D-visualization for handling and analyzing marine geological/geophysical data. These types of data combine to tell a more complete history of a glacier’s past behavior.


Martin has already spent some time on the I/B Oden, starting in 1996, and was the co-chief scientist on the SWERUS-C3 cruise. He developed some of the coring equipment that he’ll be using on this cruise. He will be mapping the near shore with a small survey boat, Skidbladner.


Martin is currently a professor Marine Geology and Geophysics at Stockholm University, his profile can be found here.

In the past, Martin worked as a freelance photographer, and is still known to take incredible photos, in the Arctic especially:






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