Sofie is a geologist and palaeontologist, specializing in palynology, with >30 years of experience in both academia and industry. She was educated in Geology at Lund University and graduated in 1989. She obtained her PhD in Geology in 1994 at Lund University with a thesis on ‘Permian Palynology of Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica’. After a year as post-doc at the School of Botany at Melbourne University, Australia, where she continued her work on Permian and Triassic palynofloras, she went back to the Geology department at Lund University and worked there as a researcher and lecturer for almost 10 years. In 2006 she joined GEUS - the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, where she worked as a senior researcher until 2021. During her early career, she also worked as an independent consultant for Saga Petroleum AS and APT AS.
Since 2021 Sofie has been an affiliated professor in Sedimentary Systems at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management and is also a Docent (Associate Professor) at the Geology department at Lund University since 2006. Through the years she has worked as a biostratigrapher on numerous consultancy projects for petroleum exploration, geothermal energy, and CCS/CCUS. Her expertise spans stratigraphically from the Carboniferous to the Pleistocene, and geographically from Antarctica to Greenland.
Sofie’s research is primarily focused on biostratigraphy, basin-wide and long-distance correlation, and on understanding palaeoclimate and environmental changes in deep time. Much of her work has focused on deciphering the processes and causes of mass extinctions and large perturbations in Earth’s history. In particular, she has contributed to the understanding of the effects large volcanic provinces had on terrestrial and marine ecosystems during extinction events.
Over her career, Sofie has published 56 peer-reviewed publications in international journals, 89 conference abstracts, and several consultancy reports. She has been an editorial board member for the journal GRANA since 2011, acted as subject editor for GEUS Bulletin during 2020-2021, and an assistant editor of a special issue in Geological Magazine. She is, since 2011, treasurer and board member of Collegium Palynologicum Scandinavicum (CPS); and has been director-at-Large for the International Palynological Society 2018-2020. She has acted as a reviewer for a large number of international journals including Science Advances, Science, Nature Geoscience, Scientific Report among others. She is also an active mentor of students at all levels and is also the vice-chairman of the Danish Geoscience Censor Corps.
Outside of work and science, Sofie spends most of the time with the family, and the family animals, a cat, and a Border Collie/Labrador.