Finn Surlyk

Finn Surlyk

Professor emeritus

Place of work

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
University of Copenhagen
Øster Voldgade 10
DK 1350 København K
Phone: +45 35322453 (direct), 3533 1500 (switch board), +45 21653525 (mobile)

Personal data and education
1968 Cand. scient. ( M.Sc.), University of Copenhagen.
1969 Gold Medal of the University of Copenhagen.
1971Ph.D. University of Copenhagen.
1978 Dr. scient. University of Copenhagen.

1986-1990 General Secretary International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
1990-1994 General Secretary International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
2006-2010 President International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
2010-2014 Past President International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
1968-1969 Assistant professor University of Copenhagen
1971-1980 Associate professor University of Copenhagen
1981-1984 Head, Department of Petroleum Geology, Geological Survey of Greenland
1984-1989 Research Professor, Geological Survey of Greenland
1989-2013 Professor (Geology of sedimentary basins) University of Copenhagen
2013 - Professor Emeritus

1986 Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters.
1991 Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London.
2003 Danmarks Geologipris.
Knight (Order of the Dannebrog)
Knight (Order of the Dannebrog) 1st degree
2009 Grover E. Murray Distinguished Educator Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
2014 Steno Medal of the Geological Society of Denmark
2018 Honorary Member of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)

Professional activities
1986-1990 General Secretary of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS).
19901994, President of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
2005-2010 Secretary of the Subcommission on Cretaceous Stratigraphy, IUGS.
1976-1986 Chairman of the Danish National Committee of Geology.
1979-1981 Member of the Board of Governors of the Geological Survey of Denmark
1988-1991, 1991-1994, and of the Board of Governors of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.
1992-1998 Member of the Danish Natural Science Research Council (SNF).
1986-1990 Member of the Committee for Petroleum related research, Ministry of Energy.
19911998 Member of Sedimentary and Geochemical Processes Panel (SGPP) ODP/JOIDES.
Member of ESF Management Committee for the ODP (EMCO)
Member of Havarikommission for Nordsøen
Member of the board of Dansk Ekspeditionsfond (Galathea 3)
Member of scientific evaluation committees in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, France,
Portugal, UK, USA
Reviewer for the research councils in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, UK, USA, Canada, the Netherlands
Reviewer for Science, Nature, Geology, Sedimentology, Journal of Sedimentary Research, Sedimentary Geology, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Petroleum Geoscience, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Bull geol. Soc. France, Basin Research, Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, Cretaceous Research, Journal of Asian Earth Science, Journal of the Geological Society London, Geological Magazine
Co-convenor of six international congresses and symposia
Editor-in-Chief of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Member of the editorial board of Norwegian Journal of Geology
Head of the FNU-sponsored Cretaceous Research Centre (CRC)
Head of the SedBas PhD school (Geology of Sedimentary Basins)

Field work
Participant or leader of more than 20 expeditions to East and North Greenland
Participant in the Galathea 3 expedition as a scientist on one leg and as cruise leader on two legs
Field work in Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Poland, France, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Tunisia, Australia, USA, Canada


Research funding from SNF, FNU, FUR, FUU, EFP, Carlsberg Foundation, Mærsk Oil and Gas AS, Norsk Hydro, Statoil, Saga Petroleum, Amoco, Conoco, Phillips, Conoco-Phillips, Britoil, BNCO, Total

Supervisor for more than 100 MSc and PhD students.


Have over the years taught courses in sedimentology, palæontology, palaeoecology, stratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, basin analysis, petroleum geology, structural geology, scientific writing,
Present courses:
2. year: Course in Stratigraphy 7.5 ECTS
Candidate course in Sedimentary basins 15 ECTS
Ph.D. Course in Scientific Writing

More than 200 papers in international reviewed journals

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