Press release written by the University of Bergen:
Fiametta (Fiamma) Straneo (1968) is one of the worlds leading experts in Arctic climate, especially its northern extension. The justification states:
"She has been a pioneer in showing how this warm water, through its detours, also contribute to the Greenland ice shelves melting from the underside,"
Cooperator and inspirator
Fiamma Straneo is a professor of oceans and climate at Scripps, and co-director of the Polar Center ved Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.
She is described as a central cooperator both to students and researchers at the Bjerknes Centre of Climate Research through two decades.
An Honorary Doctorate is the highest honour the University can award a person not employed at the UiB. Straneo is one of eight researchers granted an Honorary Doctorate in a seremony in the University Aula on June 2nd.
Straneo is from Italy, where she took her Masters degree at the University of Milan, and later a Doctorate at the University of Washington (PhD, 1999), then a post.doc. at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. There she built a research group of her own, before becoming Director of the Scripps Polar Center at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a Professor at the University of California, San Diego.
A champion of gender balance and diversity
She is also described as a pioneer outside the science itself.
"Straneo has been and is a champion of gender balance and diversity within academia, as shown in her leadership in the network Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention, and as a pioneer for inclusive research cooperation across nations and disciplines. She is a co-chair in The Climate and Cryosphere Program (CliC) and one of the authors of the IPCC Sixth Assesment Report."
With a close connection to climate research in Bergen
The ocean researcher is closely connected to the climate research in Bergen, with several stays in the city, and a two-year membership of the Bjerknes Centre Scientific Advisory Council. She has a Professor II position at the Geophysical Institute, where she contributes to the education.
"Straneo is a skilled educator and a fantastic communicator. Her research and extensive field-based efforts, are built around cooperation with international colleagues – with Straneo in leading roles. She has a unique ability to meet both students and colleagues in dialogue, with a combination of openness, deep knowledge, and encourangement of critical reflection which inspires, and gives us all something to strive for," states the nomination.
- Guest lecture June 3rd 11.00-13.00 at VilVite - Bergen Science Center: "An oceanographer's journey to the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet through collaborative, inclusive, interdisciplinary science”