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Spring 2018: A Voyage Around the World
Professor

Steingrimur Jonsson

University of Akureyri

Dr. Steingrímur Jónsson is professor of physical oceanography at the University of Akureyri and a scientist at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute in Iceland. He studied in the U.S. for one year after high school but took his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and his Ph.D. in physical oceanography at the University of Bergen, Norway. His main research interests have been the circulation and water mass formation in the ocean around Iceland and its effects on the marine ecosystems and fisheries there. He has participated on many research cruises on ships from Iceland, Norway, Denmark, U.S. and UK as part of international research projects. He has been involved in Arctic studies and science policy for the last decade as a member of the Marine Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee. He has been a chairman of a committee supervising a master’s program in Marine and Coastal Zone Management which has mostly students from abroad, many from developing countries. He has taught introductory lectures at the United Nations University’s Fisheries Training Program that is focusing on developing the fisheries in the countries where the students are coming from. He has supervised several theses in those programs. He likes outdoor activities such as running, skiing, hiking and travelling.