Hi, I’m Henrik and I work as a research professor in geology at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. Besides doing research and leading the Earth Crises group at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, I write books and articles for a wide audience. For those of you that are interested in more details about my activities, here is more:


  • Outreach prize from Forskningsrådet (2017) and Norsk geologisk forening (2015)
  • Course responsible and teacher for MNKOM3000/4000, the first full semester outreach course in Norway
  • Author of four popular science books and one textbook
  • Columnist in Morgenbladet (2012-19)
  • Started and edited Norway’s first internet magazine for science outreach (2000)
  • ‘Yngre fremragende forsker’ (YFF)-stipend, NFR (2007-2011)
  • NFR-funding (2012-2016) (ERC Starting grant finalist grant)
  • Course responsible for GEO1100, the introduction course for the two bachelor programs at the department
  • Postdoc/researcher at the Physics of Geological Processes SFF (2003-2013)
  • Team leader for the Earth crises group at the CEED SFF (2013-2023)
  • Part of cross disciplinary research teams with historians since 2017
  • «Best teacher» 2021 award from the students at the department.

Institutional responsibilities

  • Jury member for the outreach prize, NFR (2009-2011 and 2019-2021)
  • Editorial board member, Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift (2016-17)
  • Board member, det Faglitterære fond (NFFO) (2015-2018), deputy 2017-2018
  • Member of the program comittee of Norsk sakprosafestival (2015-18)
  • Working group member at MN faculty to improve the outreach and recruitment (2013)
  • Working group member at the MN faculty to develop the professional competence of students (2015)
  • «Vara» to the University board, Universitetet i Oslo (2016-17)
  • Working group member called by rector Svein Stølen at UiO to evaluate the outreach done at the university. Report delivered to the board in 2018.
  • Bachelor program coordinator for Geology and geography at the Department for Geosciences (2019-)
  • Part of committees arranging the Nordic and Norwegian winter conference


1996      Cand. Scient. in geology/petrology, from the UiO, with the thesis: “A phase petrological analysis of contact metamorphism of lower Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks from the Oslo graben, Norway”.

2000    Dr. Scient. with the thesis: “Fluids trapped in the shallow and deep crust during the Caledonian orogeny in western Norway: Fluid sources and mineral-fluid interactions”, from the UiO (22/6-00). Funded by a personal grant from the Norwegian Research Council.


2002-4. M.Sci. student Siri Ann Lorentzen Sali: Petrographical and petrophysical properties of a hydrothermal vent complex in the Karoo Basin, South Africa (translated title). Dept. of Geosciences, University of Oslo, 2004.

2002-5. M.Sci. student Camilla Haave: Metamorphic and petrophysical effects of sill intrusions in sedimentary strata: the Karoo Basin, South Africa. PGP, Univ. Oslo.

06-09. PhD student Filip Nicolaisen: Numerical modelling of venting.

06-10. PhD student Ingrid Aarnes: Modelling contact metamorphism and gas generation.

08-11. PhD student Kirsten Fristad: End-Permian crater processes in the Tunguska Basin, Siberia.

2015-18. PhD student Thea H. Heimdal: Geochemistry and petrography of sill-evaporite interactions.

2015-6. Master student Syahreza Saidina Angkasa: Onset of volcanism on Isle of Skye, Scotland.

2016-7. Master student Eirk G. Ballo: A new time model for the Ordovician bentonites (Oslo).

2016-2020. PhD student Alexandra Zaputlyaeva: Geochemistry of the Lusi eruption, Indonesia.

2017-2020. PhD student Josh Bostic: Dendrochronology of the Raknehaugen logs and the climate of the 500 CE period.

2017-2020. PhD student Stine Alling Jacobsen: The making of geology and mining on Greenland (History of ideas / cultural history).

2017-2021. PhD student Ella Stokke. The PETM and the North East Atlantic Province.

2021-2025. PhD student Jack Whattam. Caldera-processes and sedimentation in the Oslo Rift.



Adriano Mazzini: Toarcian carbon isotope excursions in Argentina

Stephane Polteau: Geochemistry of contact metamorphism

Marco Roscher: Paleoclimate modelling of environmental crises

Morgan Jones: Volcanism and the environment

Lars E. Augland: Zircon dating

Sara Callegaro: Sill geochemistry and degassing

Thea H. Heimdal: LIPS and carbon cycle perturbations

Manon Bajard: Lake records of climatic and environmental change


  • Large igneous provinces, volcanic basins, and rapid environmental changes. May 2007, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • New perspectives on Large igneous provinces and environmental crises. Grenoble, University Joseph Fourier, January 2008.
  • Global environmental crises caused by sill emplacement and contact metamorphism in sedimentary basins. PetroBras, Rio de Janeiro, March 2008.
  • Sill emplacement, contact metamorphism, and gas venting in the Vøring Basin during formation of the North Atlantic Volcanic Province and the implications for the PETM climate change. Keynote lecture, Geol Soc London, October 2008.
  • Natural emissions of halocarbons and the end-Permian environmental crisis. Invited talk at a seminar in Oberjoch, Germany, arranged by the German Research Foundation financed group Haloproc (environmental chemistry), 2009.
  • Volcanism and the PETM. Invited seminar at Arizona State Univ., Tempe, USA. Invited by Wallace Broeker, Dennis Kent, Jim Zachos, Richard Zeebe, Jeff Severinghaus. January 2016.
  • Linking volcanism and gas release from the North East Atlantic Volcanic Province to the PETM: Challenges and updates. Invited talk to a PETM-session at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in December 2016. Invited by Mark Boslough, Jerry Dickens, Dennis Kent, Wally Broecker.
  • The role of igneous and metamorphic processes in triggering mass extinctions and Earth crises. The Staring Lecture 2016, The Geological Society, Hague, Netherlands.
  • Volcanic causes for past hothouse climates. Invited talk for a Royal Society London meeting on: Hyperthermals: rapid and extreme global warming in our geological past, Sept. 2017.
  • Volcanic causes for past hothouse climates and mass extinctions. Lausanne University, Switzerland. December 2017.