Sofie Lindström

PhD, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher (GEUS)


Division of Geology

GeoBiosphere Science Center

Lund University

 

Sölvegatan 12, SE-223 62, Lund, Sweden

Tel:

Fax: +46 (0)46 222 44 19

sofie.lindstrom@geol.lu.se

GEUS

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Stratigraphy Department

 

Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Tel: +45 38 14 27 05

Fax: +45 38 14 20 50

sli@geus.dk

Blog: triassica.wordpress.com


Biography and research interests

After graduating in Geology at Lund University in 1989, I embarked on my PhD-studies at the same department as a participant in the Swedish Antarctic Research Programme SWEDARP 1989/90 expedition to Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. My PhD-project was funded by the Swedish Natural Science Council (NFR) and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariate, and focused on the Late Palaeozoic terrestrial palynology of Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica.

In 1995 I received a post-doctorate from NFR to study Permian-Triassic palynology of the Prince Charles Mountains at the School of Botany, University of Melbourne, in Australia. Much of the work focused on the reorganization of the terrestrial ecoystem in Gondwana during and after the end-Permian mass extinction event. Between 1998 and 2004 I held a Research Assistant position at Lund University, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). I have during the years also worked as an external consultant for Saga Petroleum a.s., and Applied Petroleum Technology a.s. in Norway. Between 2005-2006 I was employed as lecturer in Geology at Lund University, and also held a research position funded by the Swedish Geological Survey (SGU) at the same department.

In 2006 I was appointed Associate Professor by the Natural Science Faculty at Lund University, and received a research position at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) where I since 2008 hold a position as Senior Researcher.

Although I am primarily a palynologist and biostratigrapher, my research is mainly in the field of ecosystem evolution and palaeoclimatology. Using integrated methods involving terrestrial and marine palynology, sedimentological and geochemical proxies I investigate the impact short- and long-term environmental changes have had on ecosystem stability in the geological record.

Page last updated February 2011.

Lunnomidinium scaniense, a Rhaetian suessiacean dinoflagellate cyst
Research Gunnera at Sofiero Castle
Concretion holding a fossil tree trunk at the T/J boundary Publications
Press Roots of a tree at Louisiana Art Gallery in Denmark
Me at N Albert Quarry Support  
Fieldwork

 

Current Research Projects


Phytological responses to massive volcanic events; the Triassic-Jurassic boundary / The Triassic-Jurassic boundary of the Danish Basin

This project focuses on the biotic and environmental changes associated with the end-Triassic mass extinction event (ca. 201 million years ago), one of the five major mass extinctions during the Phanerozoic. The Triassic-Jurassic boundary and the end-Triassic mass extinction event is temporally linked to the extrusion of large amounts of flood basalts in the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) during the initial break-up of the supercontinent Pangea. The volcanic activity of the CAMP is believed to have released enormous amounts of gases to the atmosphere, primarily as carbon- and sulfurdioxide, but much work is still needed in order to resolve the impact of the volcanic event on both the marine and terrestrial biota.

My colleagues and I use various integrated approaches and methods, involving terrestrial and marine fossils, as well as sedimentological, geochemical and biogeochemical proxies in order to investigate the short- and long-term environmental impact the CAMP-volcanism had on the T/J ecosystem. The project is funded by Geocenter Denmark.


Late Triassic-early Cretaceous of the Danish Basin

This project is funded by The Swedish Geological Survey (SGU) and deals with the depositional history and tectonic development of the southwestern part of the Danish Basin during the latest Triassic to Early Cretaceous, and aims to improve our knowledge of the subsurface geology of the basin. The project is important for interpretations and modelling of potential aquifers in the area and is connected to projects on geothermal energy and CO2-storage at GEUS and SGU.


Dinoflagellate cysts of the Suessiaceae: evolution, ecology and stratigraphy

Suessiacean dinoflagellates radiated during the Late Triassic and was an important part of the marine ecosystem prior to the end-Triassic mass extiction event ca 201 million years ago. The sueassiaceans were long believed to have perished during this event, but in 1999 Montresor et al. found extant non-cyst producing suessiaceans living in Antarctic sea ice, hence the suessiaceans survived the end-Triassic mass extinction event but somewhere along the way they appear to have lost their ability to form cysts that can be preserved in the fossil record. There are many Late Triassic suessiacean dinoflagellate cyst species, several of which are not yet formally described. This project deals with the morphology and classification of some of these forms, one of them being the intriguing Lunnomidinium scanience Lindström 2002.



Phytological patterns during the rise of the dinosaurs in the Chinle Formation of northern New Mexico, U.S.A.

The Chinle Formation is known for its rich and diverse vertebrate faunas containing both dinosauromorphs and dinosaurs, and in association with these there are also well preserved macro- and palynological plant remains. This project is carried out in collaboration with Randall Irmis (Utah) and his colleagues and aims to find out more about the Upper Triassic terrestrial ecosystem and environment of the area.



Vegetational and palaeoclimatic change during the Miocene in the palaeotropics

Coal-bearing successions from SE Asia are important palaeoarchives for understanding vegetational and climatological changes in the palaeotropics. By using integrated methods including palynology, coal petrography, sedimentology, geochemistry and biogeochemistry we study the environmental and climatological changes of coal-bearing successions, and investigate the importance of terrestrial organic matter in hydrocarbon formation. The project is a GEUS collaboration lead by Henrik Ingermann Petersen.


 

Publications

(updated July 2012)

(Publications marked with * are available as PDFs upon request)


  1. Larsson, K., Lindström, S. , Guy-Ohlson, D. 1990. An early Permian palynoflora from Milorgfjella, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 2: 331-344. PDF

  2. Guy-Ohlson, D., Lindström, S. 1994. Palaeoecology of the Early Permian strata at Heimefrontfjella, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 6: 507-515. PDF

  3. Lindström, S. 1994. Late Palaeozoic palynology of western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Lund Publications in Geology, 121: 1-33.

  4. Lindström, S. 1995. Early late Permian palynostratigraphy and palaeobiogeography of Vestfjella, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 86: 157-173.

  5. Lindström, S. 1995. Early Permian palynostratigraphy of the northern Heimefrontfjella mountain-range, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 89: 359-415.

  6. Lindström, S. 1996. Late Permian palynology of Fossilryggen, Vestfjella, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Palynology, 20: 11-44.

  7. Lindström, S., McLoughlin, S., Drinnan, A.N. 1997. Intraspecific variation of taeniate bisaccate pollen within Permian glossopterid sporangia from the Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 158: 673-684.

  8. McLoughlin, S., Lindström, S., Drinnan, A.N. 1997. Gondwanan floristic and sedimentological changes during the Permian-Triassic transition: new evidence from the Amery Group, northern Prince Charles Mountains, East Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 9: 281-298. PDF (5.4 Mb)

  9. Eriksson, M., Lindström, S. 2000. Ophryotrocha sp., the first report of a jawed polychaete from the Cretaceous of Skåne, Sweden. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 45(3): 311-315.

  10. *Lindström, S. 2002. Lunnomidinium scaniense Lindström, gen. et sp. nov., a new suessiacean dinoflagellate cyst from the Rhaetian of Scania, southern Sweden. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 120(3-4): 247-261.

  11. Lindström, S. 2003. Carboniferous palynology of the Loppa High, Barents Sea, Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 83: 333-349. PDF (10.13 Mb)

  12. *Lindström, S. 2005. Palynology of Permian shale, clay and sandstone clasts from the Basen till in northern Vestfjella, Dronning Maud Land. Antarctic Science 17, 87-96.

  13. *McLoughlin, S., Larsson, K., Lindström, S. 2005. Permian plant macrofossils from Fossilryggen, Vestfjella, Dronning Maud Land. Antarctic Science 17, 73-86.

  14. *Lindström, S., Erlström, M. 2006. The Late Rhaetian transgression in southern Sweden: regional (and global) recognition and relation to the Triassic-Jurassic boundary. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 241, 339-372.

  15. *Lindström, S., Erlström, M. 2007. Erratum to "The Late Rhaetian transgression in southern Sweden: regional (and global) recognition and relation to the Triassic-Jurassic boundary". (Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 241, 339-372) Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 249, 229-231.

  16. *Lindström, S., McLoughlin, S., 2007. Synchronous palynofloristic extinction and recovery after the end-Permian event in the Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica: implications for palynofloristic turnover across Gondwana. Review of Palaeobotany & Palynology 145, 89-122.

  17. Nielsen, L.H., Petersen, H.I., Thai, N.D., Duc, N.A., Tuan, H.A., Fyhn, M.B.W., Boldreel, L.O., Lindström, S., Hien, L.V., 2007. A Middle–Upper Miocene fluvial-lacustrine rift-sequence in the Song Ba Rift, Vietnam: an analogue to oil-prone, small-scale continental rift-basins. Petroleum Geoscience 13, 145-168. PDF (8.5 Mb)

  18. *Lindgren, J., Currie, P.J., Rees, J., Siverson, M., Lindström, S., Alwmark, C. 2008. Theropod dinosaur teeth from the lowermost Cretaceous Rabekke Formation on the Island of Bornholm, Denmark. Geobios 41, 253-262.

  19. *Petersen, H.I., Lindström, S., Nytoft, H.P., Rosenberg, P. 2009. Composition, peat-forming vegetation and kerogen paraffinicity of Cenozoic coals: relationship to variations in the petroleum generation potential (Hydrogen Index). International Journal of Coal Geology 78, 119-134.

  20. *van de Schootbrugge, B., Quan, T., Lindström, S., Püttmann, W., Heunisch, C., Pross, J., Fiebig, Petschik, R., Röhling, H.-G., Richoz, S., Rosenthal, Y., Falkowski, P.G., 2009. Floral changes across the Triassic/Jurassic boundary linked to flood basalt volcanism. Nature Geoscience, 2, 589-594.

  21. Lindström, S., Vosgerau, J.H., Piasecki, S., Nielsen, L.H., Dybkjær, K., Erlström, M. 2009. Ladinian palynofloras in the Norwegian-Danish Basin: a regional marker reflecting a climate change. In: Review of Survey Activities 2008. Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin. Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin 17, 21–24. Available at: www.geus.dk/publications/bull

  22. Fyhn, M.B.W., Petersen, H.I., Mathiesen, A., Nielsen, L.H., Pedersen, S.A.S., Lindström, S. Bojesen-Koefoed, J.A., Abatzis, I., Boldreel, L.O., 2010. Vietnamese sedimentary basins: geological evolution and petroleum potential. In: Review of Survey Activities 2009. Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin 20, 91–94. Available at: www.geus.dk/publications/bull

  23. Fyhn, M.B.W., Nielsen, L.H., Petersen, H.I., Mathiesen, A., Boldreel, L.O., Bojesen-Koefoed, J.A., Nytoft, H.P., Andersen, C., Duc, N.A., Dien, P.T., Huyen, N,T., Huyen, L.T., Dau, N.T., Mai, L.C., Thang, L.D., Tuan, H.A., Houng, D.T., Nhan, T.T.T., Green, P.F., Lindström, S., Pedersen, S.A.S., Frei, D., Hien, L.V. &Abatzis, I. 2010: Geological evolution and aspects of the petroleum potential of the underexplored parts of the Vietnamese margin. Petro Vietnam Journal 10, 2-19.


  24. Fyhn, M.B.W., Nielsen, L.H., Petersen, H.I., Mathiesen, A., Boldreel, L.O., Bojesen-Kofoed, J.A., Nytoft, H.P., Andersen, A., Duc, N.A., Dien, P.T., Huyen, N.T., Huyen, L.T., Dau, N.T., Mai, L.C., Thang, L.D., Tuan, H.A., Houng, D.T., Nhan, T.T.T., Green, P.F., Lindström, S., Pedersen, S.A.S., Frei, D., Hien, L.V. & Abatzis, I. 2010: Tien hoa dja chat va cac van de ve tiem nang dau khi cua cac khu, vuc con it duoc tham do o ria veitnam. In: Conference proceedings. Tien hoa dja chat va cac van de ve tiem nang dau khi cua cac khu, vuc con it duoc tham do o ria veitnam. In: Petrovietnam 35 nam Conference Proceedings 95. (In Vietnamese) Hanoi, Vietnam, 173-198.

  25. Lindström, S., Erlström, M., 2011. The Jurassic–Cretaceous transition of the Fårarp-1 core, southern Sweden: sedimentological and phytological indications of climate change. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 308,445-475.


  26. Lindström, S., van de Schootbrugge, B., Dybkjær, K., Pedersen, G.K., Fiebig, J., Nielsen, L.H., Richoz, S. 2012. No causal link between terrestrial ecosystem change and methane release during the end-Triassic mass extinction. Geology 40,531-534. doi:10.1130/G32928.1


  27. Lindström, S. in press. A review of the enigmatic microalga Tetranguladinium Yu et al. 1983 ex Chen et al. 1988; palaeoecology, stratigraphy and palaeogeographical distribution. Palynology, in press. DOI: 10.1080/01916122.2012.703625



Selected abstracts and reports: 2007-2011

 

Lindström, S., 2007. Dating and correlating potential aquifers for geothermal energy, CO2-, and energy storage, within the late Triassic-early Cretaceous succession in the Swedish part of the Danish Basin. SGU-report 60-1344/2004. External SGU report


van de Schootbrugge, B., Quan, T., Lindström, S., Pross, J., Fiebig, J., Petschick, R., Püttmann, W., Rosenthal, Y., Falkowski, P.G., 2007. Terrestrial acidification and sudden end-Triassic ”waldsterben”. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 9,: 02900. Abstract


Lindström, S., Petersen, H.I., Nielsen, L.H., 2007. Palynovegetational development of a Middle–Late Miocene coal-bearing rift succession in Vietnam – climatic versus tectonic controls. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 9,: 06796. Abstract


Petersen, H.I., Nielsen, L.H., Lindström, S., Lundsteen, E.B., Fyhn, M.B.W., Duc, N.A., 2007. Source rock composition and quality of lake facies in the Krong Pa Graben (Song Ba Rift), central Vietnam: an analog to oil-prone small-scale rift-lake basins. Unconventional Petroleum Systems, 33rd CSCOP, 24th TSOP and 59th ICCP Annual Meetings, 19-25 August 2007, Delegate Manual: p. 46. Abstract


Lindström, S., Dybkjær, K., van de Schootbrugge, B., 2008. Correlation between marine and terrestrial events across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in the Danish Basin. The 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, 6-14 August 2008, Abstract CD. Abstract No. 1344634. Abstract


Lindström, S., Erlström, M., 2008. Terrestrial and marine correlation and climate change of Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary strata. The 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, 6-14 August 2008, Abstract CD. Abstract No. 1352907. Abstract


Heunisch, C., Lindström, S., Dybkjær, K., van de Schootbrugge, B., 2008. Palynological investigation of marine and terrestrial biotic change across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in NW Europe. 12th International Palynological Congress (IPC-XII)/8th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IOPC), Bonn, 30 August-5 September 2008, Terra Nostra 2008/2, Abstract Volume. Abstract No. 284, p. 115. Abstract


Lindström, S., Nytoft, H.P., Petersen, H.I., 2008. Dipterocarps in the Upper Cretaceous of Greenland? Indications from pollen and biomarkers. 12th International Palynological Congress (IPC-XII)/8th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IOPC), Bonn, 30 August-5 September 2008, Terra Nostra 2008/2, Abstract Volume. Abstract No. 418, p. 170. Abstract


Lindström, S., van de Schootbrugge, B., Dybkjær, K., Richoz, S., Heunisch, C., Nielsen, L.H., Erlström, M. 2009. Variability of the organic C-isotope record across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary of the Danish and German basins. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 11, EGU2009-8940-1. Abstract


Lindström, S., Vosgerau, H., Piasecki, S., Dybkjær, K., Erlström, M. 2009. Ladinian palynofloras in the Norwegian-Danish Basin: a regional marker reflecting a climatic event.In: J. Mellgren, and E. Einarsson (eds.), Lundadagarna i Historisk Geologi och Paleontologi XI, 11-12 March 2009, Programme and abstracts. Geological Department, Lund University, Sweden Abstract No. 22.


Irmis, R.B., Lindström, S., Mundil, R. 2010. Phytological patterns during the rise of dinosaurs in the Chinle Formation of northern New Mexico. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 12, EGU2010-13560-2. Abstract


Lindström, S., van de Schootbrugge, B., Dybkjær, K., Nielsen, L.H., Erlström, M., Fiebig, J., Richoz, S. 2010. Asynchronous changes in carbon cycling and vegetation over an expanded Triassic-Jurassic boundary succession. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 12, EGU2010-13517-1. Abstract


Richoz, S., van de Schootbrugge, B., Püttmann, W., Heunisch, C., Quan, T.M., Lindström, S., Fiebig, J., Pross, J. 2010. Redox changes across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary: From anoxic to euxinic black shale deposition. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 12, EGU2010-5390-1. Abstract


van de Schootbrugge, B., Lindström, S., Pross, J., Dybkjær, K., Heunisch, C., Petschik, R., Lyachenko, L., Püttmann, W., Oschmann, W. 2010. Flood basalt volcanism, end-Triassic deforestation, and intense weathering of soils and bedrock. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 12, EGU2010-4533. Abstract


Dunlavey, M., Whiteside, J.H., Lindström, S., Irmis, R.B. 2010. Environmental fluctuations during the rise of the dinosaurs in Western North America. Abstract presented at the 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Fransisco, California, 13-17 Dec., B51F-0408 . AGU abstract search


Irmis, R.B., Lindström, S., Whiteside, J.H., Dunlavey, M. 2010. Integrated record of terrestrial biotic change from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation of northern New Mexico. Abstract presented at the 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Fransisco, California, 13-17 Dec., B51F-0407 . AGU abstract search


Lindström, S., van de Schootbrugge, B., Dybkjær, K., Pedersen, G.K., Fiebig, J., Nielsen, L.H. 2011. Carbon cycling at the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in the Danish Basin. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, EGU2011-4938. Abstract




 

Support

External funding

The following organisations/foundations are greatfully acknowledged for support through the years:



 

Fieldwork

Recent fieldwork


  • Fieldwork, uppermost Triassic, Billesholm, Sweden 2012, Geocenter Denmark TJ project

  • Fieldwork, uppermost Triassic, Billesholm, Sweden 2011, Geocenter Denmark TJ project

  • Fieldwork, uppermost Triassic, Billesholm, Sweden 2010, Geocenter Denmark TJ project

  • Core drilling, uppermost Triassic, Billesholm, Sweden 2009, Geocenter Denmark TJ project