Analysis of non-pollen palynomorphs – gaining more information about past environments

PhD-defence, Friday 16 February 2018, Renée Enevold

2018.02.16 | Charlotte Kahlen Steffensen

Renée Enevold

During her studies, Renée Enevold focused on the methodology of non-pollen palynomorph analysis. Non-pollen palynomorphs (NPPs) are microscopic remains with organic walls from a wide variety of organisms. NPPs are defined by a high resistance to decomposition, and may therefore be numerous remnants in ancient sediments. Renée Enevold explored the methodology of NPP analysis and developed novel methodological approaches. These were subsequently applied to case studies of both modern and (pre)historic Danish soils and sediments.

The new research findings represent a significant contribution to our understanding of the formation of NPP assemblages and how they can help us gain information relevant for the interpretation of (pre)historic environments.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Geoscience, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 16 February 2018 at 13.15
Place: Building 4206, room 139, Lecture Theatre, Moesgaard Museum, Moesgaard Allé 20, Aarhus Universitet, 8470 Højbjerg.
Title of dissertation: Non-pollen palynomorphs as predictors of past environments – an exploration of the methodology and its potential in Danish soils and sediments
Contact information: Renée Enevold, e-mail:, tel.: +45 21703463
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Kari Loe Hjelle, Department of Natural History, University of Bergen, Norway
Associate Professor Jean Nikolas Haas, Department of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Associate Professor Søren Munch Kristiansen (chair), Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:
Professor Bent Vad Odgaard, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University

Head of Department Peter Hambro Mikkelsen, Department of Conservation and Archaeological Science, Moesgaard Museum

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

PhD defence
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