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Helena Filipsson

My research focuses on past and present marine environments and their relation to climate and climate change foremost over the last 130 000 years. This research further includes the study on the interactions between land, sea, and atmosphere. My main tools are marine sediments with their contents of different microorganisms combined with instrumental hydrographic time series and process-oriented modeling. My research further addresses proxy calibration and validation both through experimental and field studies, i.e. improve the tools we use to reconstruct the past.

I find it especially intriguing to work in coastal settings, which are often affected by human impact, such as fjords, the Skagerrak and the Baltic Sea but also coastal upwelling areas around the world’s oceans. I lead a number of projects, financed from the Swedish research councils VR and Formas as well as the Crafoord Foundation, Oscar & Lili Lamm Foundation, Olle Engkvist Byggmästare Foundation.

Teaching: I’m course coordinator for the Master Course Global and Regional Marine Geology (GEON04) and partly for the Bachelor thesis course (GEOL01), I teach on several courses and typical supervise 2-3 Bachelor and Master Students per year.


the CONTEMPORARY project: Field and culture-based calibration of temperature and salinity proxies using benthic foraminifera: Some of the most significant challenges in palaeoclimate research arise from the need to both understand and reduce the uncertainty associated with proxy methods. The aim of the study is to estimate uncertainty in marine temperature and salinity reconstructions based on benthic foraminifera and improve regional bottom water temperature and salinity reconstructions. Collaboration  W.E.N Austin & K. Darling, St Andrews University, J. Groeneveld University of. Bremen and Nikolaus Gussone, University of Munster.

the DISCO project- Drivers and Impacts of Coastal Ocean Acidification- . We are studying environmental changes in the Skagerrak and the Baltic Sea during the last 200 years with special emphasize on ocean acidification. See also PhD student Laurie Charrieau's presentation and PostDoc Petra Schoon as well as our DISCO blog. Collaboration: E. Kritzberg, K.Ljung LU. M. Chierici, University of Gothenburg, J. Groeneveld, University of. Bremen, K. Kimoto, JAMSTEC, O. Saski, Sendai University, T. Toyofuku, JAMSTEC.

Upwelling regions during times of rapid climate change, see also PhD student Clarie McKay's presentation. Collaboration B. Donner, O.E. Romero University of Bremen, and J-B Stuut, NIOZ/University of Bremen.

Managing multiple stressors in the Baltic Sea, environmental changes over the last 7000 years in the southern Baltic, see also PhD student Wenxin Ning's presentation.  Collaboration: D. Conley, M. Berggren, S. Björck, A. Broström, A. Ghosh, E. Kritzberg, A-B Nielsen, A. Poska, all LU, J. Nyberg SGU, and C.Slomp Utrecht Univerity.

The Baltic Sea - a marginal marine environment as a potential recorder and player in global climate. An IODP /ECORD project where we study environmental and climate changes since the deglaciation. Collab. N. Quintana Krupinski (Postdoc., LU) and J. Groeneveld (Bremen),

- the FrISBEe project: Foraminifera and Isotopes in the Skagerrak and Baltic-Experiments and Field studies. Collaboration: J.M Bernhard, D.C McCorkle both at WHOI, A. Mackensen AWI Bremerhaven, K. Nordberg University of Gothenburg, Norwegian and Swedish Monitoring programs .

I have also a long-term collaboration with Emmanuelle Geslin, BIAF at University of Angers, France, in projects where we study foraminifera in low oxygen areas.

I twitter once in a while Follow @HelenaFilipsson

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I'm active within the strategic research environment LUCCI and BECC

and, of course, in WINGS

Publication list from Google scholar


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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E-mail: helena [dot] filipsson [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se


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