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Snowflakes and Microbes: How Microbes Shape the Sky Above Us

PhD defence, Friday 3 May 2024, Lasse Z. Jensen

Lasse Jensen

During his PhD studies Lasse Z. Jensen explored the seasonal origins of Arctic atmospheric particles and their impact on climate dynamics. Jensen investigated various Arctic environments, ranging from soil and streams to seawater and sea ice. Through his research, he uncovered the seasonal patterns of ice nucleating particles (INPs) and the microbial community composition, including bacteria, fungi, and microalgae. His findings illuminate the link between these particles and microbial communities across the cryosphere, crucial for cloud formation and Arctic climate regulation. These new research findings deepen our understanding of Arctic ecosystems and underscores the pressing need to address their impact on cloud dynamics and climate change.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 3rd May 2024 at 10 am.
Place: Building 1531, room 113, Lecture Theatre Mat. D1, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 116, 8000, Aarhus
Title of PhD thesis: Seasonal Sources of Biogenic Ice Nucleating Particles in the Arctic
Contact information: Lasse Z. Jensen, e-mail: Lassejensen@bio.au.dk, tel.: +45 27627065

Members of the assessment committee:
Professor David Pearce, Department of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, England

Research Fellow Franz Conen, Department of Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland

Associate Professor Alejandro Ordonez Gloria (chair), Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Main supervisor:
Associate Professor Tina Šantl-Temkiv, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Professor Kai Finster, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Natural Sciences/GSNS,

Jens Baggesens Vej 53, Building 5221, 8200 Aarhus N.

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