NordCEE stands for the Nordic Center for Earth Evolution, and the NordCEE group focuses on a broad range of topics related to the interactions between organisms and the environment, with a particular focus on how organisms influence the biogeochemical cycling of elements in the oceans. Our research takes us from the deepest marine trenches, to a range of different low-oxygen environments, so-called oxygen minimum zones, in the global ocean.
We use a combination of cutting-edge oxygen sensing technology, novel tracer studies, and remote-sensing tools, to probe the interactions between biogeochemical processes and the availability of oxygen in the environment. We use a variety of molecular and experimental techniques to explore the distribution and function of organisms in the environment as well as the physiology of organisms in controlled laboratory experiments. We explore organisms ranging from microbes to animals, and how organismal physiology both responds to and controls marine chemistry.
We leverage our results on modern organisms and ecosystems to explore the evolution of the Earth's chemical environment through time. We explore how this chemical evolution has both influenced and responded to biological evolution. A particular focus is the evolution of animals, where we aim to define the environment that animals evolved into, as well as the physiological requirements of the earliest animals.
Overall, we are a group with about 30 scientists and support staff, generating a dynamic and exciting research environment.
NordCEE was founded as a multi-node (including nodes in Stockholm and Copenhagen) center established by the Danish National Research Foundation. The original NordCEE ran from 2005 to 2016, and the publications can be found on these pages.