Associate professor at the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Change
As a marine geologist and expert in paleoceanography, which is the study of the history of the oceans in the geologic past, Kikki Kleiven use deep-sea sediments as archives of past changes in Earth climate and ocean circulation over a wide range of timescales, from the last centuries to millions of years.
Kikki acquired her PhD degree in 2000 from University of Bergen, with a Fulbright grant research stay at the University of Florida. In her PhD she investigated oceanic evidence for past variations in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. She continued with a postdoctoral position at Columbia University in New York with focus on ocean currents and climate in the Southern ocean. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Change. For almost a decade Kikki has worked with the Norwegian ministry of climate and environment and the Norwegian Environment Agency arranging and giving popular lecture campaigns on climate and environment to Norwegian high-school teachers, pupils, and teaching colleges. She is also frequently invited as a climate expert in media, for NGO’s, industry and business companies. Kikki has led and participated in several international scientific expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans and has acted as Norway’s national representative on the European Marine Board and to the International Ocean Discovery Program. She is also on the board of the Norwegian Climate Foundation.