Associate Professor Kim Senger at UNIS is the Svalbox Principal Investigator and initiated the Svalbox project in 2016 with the first UArctic co-operation project. Kim has a background from the petroleum industry (Bayerngas Norge and EMGS), and conducted a PhD on the CO2 storage project in Longyearbyen. Kim’s main passion is integration of different geoscientific data to better understand the subsurface – with the motto that as long as data are in the same location they can be integrated.
PhD student Peter Betlem at UNIS is the Svalbox Project Manager and main Svalbox coder, python-expert and drone pilot. Peter’s PhD project, partly funded by the NCCS centre and partly by the Norwegian Ministry of Education & Research, examines cap rock integrity with respect to CO2 storage both on Svalbard and in the North Sea. Peter is an experienced drone pilot and spends months upon months in the field collecting more data for Svalbox.
PhD student Tom Birchall at UNIS is the Svalbox “rock star” – a geologist who loves working under pressure and who found a calling in generating humorous yet educational videos utilizing many Svalbox data sets.
Post-doctoral researcher Aleksandra Smyrak-Sikora at UNIS is working on onshore-offshore correlations of the Upper Paleozoic succession – and is the in-house field geologist for the Svalbox team, in addition to being the “Queen of Billefjorden”, coined after her PhD thesis on the area.