EDUCATION

 

2011                PhD. Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

                                               

2007                MSc. Dept. of Geology, Faculty of Science, UCPH, Denmark and

                          the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark

POSITIONS

2019 – current    Associate Professor

                                 Section of GeoGenetics, Faculty of Science, UCPH, Denmark

2018 – 2019        Associate Professor

                                 Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, UCPH, Denmark

2016 – current    Ser Cymru II Research Fellow.

                                Geography & Earth Sciences, University of Aberystwyth. United Kingdom

2012 – 2018        Assistant Professor

                                Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, UCPH, Denmark

2014 – 2016        Research Associate

                               Physical Science Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), USA

2013 – 2014       Visiting Scholar

                               Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA

2011 – 2012       Postdoctoral Fellow

                               Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, UCPH, Denmark

2008 – 2011       PhD Fellow

                               Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, UCPH, Denmark

2007 – 2008       Research Assistant

                               Ore Dept., GEUS, Denmark

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS as PI: TOTAL ~ 2,346,000 EUR

2019 – 2021     Individual Fellowship

                             Funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Individual Fellowship for Ioannis Kontopoulos.

                             Title: DNA, Environment, Mineral Association: Reaction Kinetics

2019 – 2024     VILLUM Young Investigator

                             Funded by VILLUM FONDEN

                             Title: Propagation of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment: the role of mineral facilitated horizontal gene transfer.

2018 – 2020     DFF-ERC grant

                             Funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research

                            Title: The significance of minerals in horizontal gene transfer: A new principle for evolution of life?

2016 – 2019    Ser Cymru II Research Fellow

                            Funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Government of Wales

                            Title: Kinetic and thermodynamic controls on CaCO3 formation during geologic carbon storage; constraining and applying the                                                                 influence of bacteria and clay.

2015 – 2016     DFF-Sapere Aude Research Talen

                             Funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research

                             Title: The influence of electron transport and charge density on precipitation, growth and transformation of iron oxides in microbial                                                       systems

2013 – 2015     DFF-Individual Post doc 

                             Funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research

                            Title: Extracellular influence on precipitation, growth and transformation mechanisms of iron oxides in microbial systems.

 

COURSE AND TEACHING ACTIVITIES

2018                        Course responsible and lecturer –Molecular Geobiology (5 ECTS). PhD Course.

2017 – current     Lecturer and examiner – Geofluids (7.5 ETCS) for geology students. UCPH, Denmark

2012 – 2018         Course responsible and lecturer – Geochemistry (7.5 ETCS) for geology and chemistry students. Lecturer since 2009. Annual                                                                     course. UCPH, Denmark

2012 – 2013         Course Organiser and Lecturer – Surface speciation (2.5 ECTS), PhD course for fellows in the Material Chemistry Section, UCPH,                                                         Denmark and Sweden

2010 – 2017         Lecturer – Advanced geochemistry (7.5 ETCS) for geology and chemistry students. UCPH, Denmark.

2008 – 2009         Instructor for KemiIntro, Kemi AU, and Miljø Kemi, (Introduction to chemistry, Lab chemistry, Environmental chemistry).   

                                 Department of Chemistry, Copenhagen University.

PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING

2017                     2-day innovation course. ”Innovation in teaching.” Hosted by Rikke Okholm, IND/SCIENCE and Nina Riis, CHI/SUND

2016 – 2017       University Pedagogy (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 175 hr). UCPH, DK

2016                     Introduction to University Pedagogy. UCPH, DK

 

ORGANISATION AND HOSTING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS AND FIELDWORK

2017 – 2018        Member of the organising committee of the Nordic Geologic Winter meeting, Lyngby, Denmark. 10th-12th Jan.           

                                Theme Chair of the session: High and low temperature geochemistry and Session organiser of 2 sessions.

2011 – 2016        5 Scientific sessions on the topics of mineral-polymer interactions at 5 Goldschmidt Conferences with 12-20 talks and 200           

                                estimated participants per session.  Yokohama 2016, Prague 2015, Sacramento 2014, Florence 2013, Prague 2011.

2015                       Workshop on Biomineralization with 25 participants. Goldschmidt Conference in Prague 2011.

2012 – current    Various seminars (~15) and fieldtrips (~4) for the Materials Chemistry Section. 

                                Topics: biomineralisation, mineral-fluid interactions or Danish geology.        

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

2017, 2018          Censor and examiner for the course Geofluids

2014 – current   Member of the Faculty Committee for Gender and Equality, UCPH. Denmark

2013 – 2015        Member of Appointment Committee; evaluator. Lab Captain and responsible for UV-vis equipment.

                                Biological Nanostructures Facility, LBNL. USA

2012 – current   Member of Appointment Committees; evaluator, Materials Chemistry, UCPH. Denmark

COMMISSIONS OF TRUST AND MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

2018                       Member of “academic hiring committee” for a GEUS hire ((Senior-) Researcher in Inorganic geochemistry)

2018                       Editorial Board Member at Scientific Reports, Nature Research

2017 – current    Scientific Committee, Nordic Geologic Winter meeting. Denmark

2017 – current    Board member of the Danish Geological Association (DGF). Denmark www.2dgf.dk

2011 – current    Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals: Nature Communications, Chemistry of Materials, Environmental Science & Technology, 

                                 Journal of Materials Research, Crystal Growth & Design, Langmuir, Nanoscale, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Journal of 

                                 Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Crystal Growth. Journal of Nanoparticle Research.

INVITED TALKS

2018               “From inorganic mineral formation toward biogenic processes.” Keynote lecture on Biomineralization at the Gordon Research     

                         Seminar on Biomineralisation July-August 2018, New London. USA

2017                “Mineral formation at the nanoscale.” Talk hosted by the Danish Geologic Society. Copenhagen. Event for Danish geologists

                         across disciplines.

2017                “Mechanistic insight into microbial biomineralization of iron oxides.”  Goldschmidt conference Paris. Session: “Microbial

                          biomineralization: mechanisms, impacts and applications.”

2014               “The Activity of an Ancient Biogenic Polysaccharide: A Strong Growth Inhibitor and Morphology Moderator for Calcite.”                     

                         Goldschmidt Conference Sacramento, 2014. Session: “Biomineral Crystals: Formation Mechanisms, Crystal Structure, and 

                         Materials Properties.”

2011               “Where does diamonds come from and how to estimate if the Greenlandic kimberlites contain diamonds”. Talk in the session on 

                        “Diamonds in Greenland” prior to awarding the Danish Geological Prize, hosted by Danish Geologic Society, Copenhagen.

 

 

FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE

  • Project senior geologist for Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd on the East Coast of Greenland. Geological consulting and Ni and sulfide exploration. Fieldwork and reporting. Summer 2011.

  • Excursion leader on a 3-day field excursion for scientists. The formation of rocks and sediments. Spring 2011.

  • Project senior geologist for Nuna Minerals and Trigorn GeoServices in West Greenland. Geological consulting and diamond and sulfide exploration fieldwork. Outcome confidential. Summer 2010.

  • Project geologist and team leader for the field activity of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in the southern Nuuk region, Greenland. Kimberlite exploration and sampling of mantle xenoliths. Found new kimberlitic occurrences. Summer 2007.

  • Senior field assistant for the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in the field activity in the Maniitsoq region, Greenland. Kimberlite exploration and sampling of mantle xenoliths. Found numerous kimberlitic occurrences, many of which contain diamonds. Summer 2006.

  • Team leader and senior field assistant for the field activity of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in the Nuuk region, Greenland. Geological, geochemical, and radiological mapping of the Tikiusaaq carbonatite complex. Summer 2006.

  • Senior field assistant and logistic coordinator for the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. Geophysical program in the Kangerlussuaq and Sissimiut regions of Southern West Greenland. Setting up seismographs. Summer 2006.

  • Logistic coordinator for the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. Coordinating and planning logistic for fieldwork.  Kangerlussuaq and Sissimiut regions of Southern West Greenland. Spring - Summer 2006.

  • Site Geologist for International Molybdenum Plc at Malmbjerg (porphyry Mo) in north East Greenland. Drill alignment, tunnel mapping, core logging, channel-, chip- and bulk sampling. Sampling for assay and various analysis. Summer 2005.

  • Consulting geologist for Trigon GeoServices Ltd. Mounting of indicator minerals. Autumn 2005.

  • Consulting geologist for Trigon GeoServices Ltd. Mounting of indicator minerals and electron microprobe work. Winter 2005/2006.

  • Project Geologist for International Molybdenum Plc at Skaergaard (layered mafic intrusion) and Flammefjeld (Porphory Mo) in East Greenland. Spotting of potential drill sites, bulk sampling and camp overhaul. Summer 2005.

  • Senior field assistant for Hudson Resources Inc. drilling program in southern West Greenland Drill site spotting, core logging, logistics, kimberlite exploration, on-site evaluation of drill holes (closure/continuation). Found new kimberlitic occurrences and the first diamond exploration site in Greenland is now established based on our findings. Spring 2005.

  • Field assistant for GEUS in south West Greenland. Till-, stream- and soil sampling. Finding and sampling of kimberlites, mantle xenoliths and sulphide rich rock. Found several now kimberlitic occurrences, many of which are diamond containing. Summer 2004.

  • Field assistant on collecting a georadar profile on glacial sediments in Sealand, Denmark. Spring 2002.  

CV

SUMMARY

 

Assoc. Prof working on the interface between geology, geochemistry, geomicrobiology and biophysics.

Topics: Propagation of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment, mineral nucleation and growth, boimineralization, evolution of life, preservation of eDNA, ecology, microbial evolution, mineral facilitated horizontal gene transfer, biofilm formation, origin of life.

Specialtiy: Liquid cell in-situ techniques to explore and quantify bio-mineral interactions and dynamics .

Orcid ID: 0000-0002-0720-7229 

Researcher ID: P-1008-2014

 

© 2019 by Karina K. Sand

karina.sand@gmail.com

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