Director General, MSc
Peter Koefoed Bjørnsen
Deputy Director General, PhD
Torben Moth Iversen
Deputy Director General, MSc
Personnel and Economy Secretariat
Director of Secretariat: Signe Nielsen, BL
Responsibilities: Economy; budgets; legal aspects of funding; legal
assistance; personnel management; organizational development; real
estate management; records; switchboard; internal service functions.
of Policy Analysis
Director of Research Department: Hanne Bach, MSc
Research activities: Analysis of complex environmental problems
involving environmental, technological and economic aspects;
development of models, methods and tools within the fields of
nutrient and organic matter cycling, environmental economics and
sector analysis. Part of the "Centre for Analysis of
Environment, Economy and Society".
of Atmospheric Environment
Director of Research Department: Gerald L. Geernaert, PhD
Research activities: Development of meteorological dispersion models;
pollutant transformation and deposition; vehicular emissions;
charting of air pollution levels; National Focal Point for Air
Emissions; impact of air pollution on plants; greenhouse effect; air
pollution in the Arctic; exposure of the general public.
of Environmental Chemistry
Director of Research Department: Lars Carlsen, Professor, DSc
Research activities: Investigation and analysis of the occurrence,
transport and fate in the environment of environmentally hazardous
substances; analyses for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency;
analyses in connection with the Danish Environmental Protection
Agencys oil pollution contingency task force; reference
laboratory for xenobiotics; development of sampling and analysis methods.
of Marine Ecology and Microbiology
Director of Research Department: Bo Riemann, Professor, DSc
Research activities: Monitoring of the marine environment; National
Focal Point for Marine Data; investigation of the significance of
nutrients for physical, chemical and biological processes in the sea
and estuarine fjords; growth, survival and effects of released
microorganisms in the environment.
of Terrestrial Ecology
Director of Research Department: Hans Løkke, PhD
Research activities: Investigation of the risks associated with the
release of genetically modified plants; arable land ecology;
terrestrial ecotoxicology; determination of critical loads; charting
of the effects of air pollution on vegetation and sensitive ecosystems.
of Streams and Riparian Areas
Director of Research Department: Torben Moth Iversen, MSc
Research activities: Investigation of biological, physical and
chemical conditions in watercourses and riparian areas; stream
restoration and management; development of watershed models;
coordination of NERIs activities in relation to the European
Environment Agency; National Focal Points for Freshwater Data and
Hydrometric Data; European Centre for River Restoration.
of Lake and Estuarine Ecology
Director of Research Department: Kurt Nielsen, MSc
Research activities: Investigation of the relationship between
nutrient turnover and biological structure in freshwater lakes,
brackish lakes and estuarine fjords; development of restoration
methods; National Focal Points for Freshwater Data and Marine Data;
coordination of NERIs remote sensing and GIS activities,
including development of an Area Information System (AIS).
of Landscape Ecology
Director of Research Department: Jesper Fredshavn, PhD
Research activities: Investigation of the effects of land use and
production practices on wild animals and plants in the agricultural
landscape; development of methods within population and landscape
ecology, including remote sensing and telemetry; classification of
habitat quality; development of integrated landscape models for
describing the quality of the natural environment.
of Coastal Zone Ecology
Director of Research Department: Henning Noer, PhD
Research activities: Investigation of coastal water bird populations
in relation to human activities; managing international databases for
goose and seaduck monitoring data; species and habitat monitoring;
development of population ecology models; development of strategies
for the exploitation and preservation of coastal zone species and habitats.
of Arctic Environment
Director of Research Department: Hanne Petersen, MSc
Research activities: Environmental assessment and monitoring of
mineral resource activities in Greenland; baseline studies and
analysis of heavy metals; charting of areas of significance for
marine and terrestrial mammals and birds; effects of disturbances on
the flora and fauna; responsibility for the biological part of the
climate monitoring programme at Zackenberg (northeast Greeenland).