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Beneficiaries and projects

The Science and Research Fund

Beneficiaries of the Southern Science and Research Fund since 2002


Anna Selbmann

Anna Selbmann

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the role of acoustic communication in mediating interspecific interactions between marine mammals by focusing on interactions between longfinned pilot whales (Globicephala melas, grindhvalir) and killer whales (Orcinus orca, háhyrningar) in south Icelandic waters.

Hugrún Hannesdóttir

Master's project about Mýrdalshrepp and the social shock that the municipality suffered following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Birna Lárusdóttir

The main goal of the research is to use known modern naming processes to increase understanding of how place names are created, how they reflect and influence our worldview and shed light on cultural power over geographic space and places. The main research topic is place names in Surtsey.


Marco Mancini

Marco Mancini

Marco Mancini studies heat-loving ants in his project, but he recently found a new species of Hypoponera eduardi in the geothermal areas of the south.

Stephen Hurling

Stephen Hurling

Stephen Hurling studies two related seabird species ie. tern (Hydrobates leucorhous) and storm tern (Hydrobates pelagicus).


Benedikt Traustason

Benedikt Traustason

Ecology of birch in the South and limiting factors for its colonization, MS degree in biology from UI

Catherine Rachel Gallagher

Catherine Rachel Gallagher

Characterizing ice-magma interactions during a shallow subglacial fissure eruption: northern Laki, a case study, doctoral degree in geology from UI

Maite Cerezo Araujo

Maite Cerezo Araujo

The relationship between breeding density, behavior and population management in sparrows, PhD in biology from the Research Center of the University of Iceland in the South


Magdalena Falter

Magdalena Falter

Digital innovation and entrepreneurship in sparsely populated areas, doctoral program in tourism studies from UI

Sölvi Rúnar Vignisson

To go or to stay? Reasons for migration patterns of young marmots in Iceland, PhD in biology from the Research Center of the University of Iceland in the South


Ástrós Rún Sigurðardóttir

Ástrós Rún Sigurðardóttir

Social and cultural resources in learning and education of children with a multicultural background, M.Ed. degree in educational sciences from UI

Ingibjörg Lilja Ómarsdóttir

Ingibjörg Lilja Ómarsdóttir

Eyjafjallajökull eruption 2010 – impact on the population and reconstruction of communities, doctoral degree in environmental and natural resources studies from UI


Sigríður Jónsdóttir

Sigríður Jónsdóttir

Applied reforestation in the highlands of Iceland - farmers' experience, methods and results, MS degree in environmental and natural sciences from the Icelandic University of Agriculture

Sigrún Inga Sigurgeirsdóttir

The issue of Breiðamerkursand and the European landscape treaty, MSc degree in geography from UI


Ingibjörg Lilja Ómarsdóttir

Effects of changes in land use on wading bird populations, doctoral degree in biology from the University of Iceland's Southern Research Center

Aníta Þorgerður Tryggvadóttir and Ingibjörg Steinunn Sæmundsdóttir

Multi-component health training in rural communities with a focus on older age groups in Rangárþing, M.Ed. degree in sports and health science from UI


Ásdís Benediktsdóttir

The internal structure of Eyjafjallajökull evaluated with new methods in seismology, PhD in geophysics from the University of Iceland

Ragnheiður Hergeirsdóttir

Resilience and response plans of municipalities in the South, MA degree in social work from UI

Haukur Ingvarsson

William Faulkner in Iceland, PhD in literature from UI


Anna Katarzyna Wozniczka

Immigrant educational/vocational situations in South Iceland, doctoral project in humanities at the University of Iceland

Guðmundur Örn Sigurðsson

Earthquake analysis and design of wind turbines and wind farm in the south, MSc degree in civil engineering from the Research Center of the University of Iceland in Earthquake Engineering in Selfoss

William M. Moreland

Eruption styles of the AD 934-940 Eldgjá eruption: The hazards and environmental impacts, doctoral degree in geology from UI


Jónas Guðnason

Eruption flow processes in small to medium-sized low-Plinian and Plinian Heklu volcanoes, PhD in geosciences from UI

Sólrún Auðbertsdóttir

Servant leadership and field management of responders to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in the spring of 2010, MS degree in health sciences from the University of Akureyri


Ásdís Jónsdóttir

Glaciers in the South and Southeast and the global environment, PhD from the University of Oslo

Magnea Bára Stefánsdóttir

Photo Gallery Ottós Eyfjörður, MA degree in practical cultural communication from the University of Iceland


Brynja Hrafnkelsdóttir

Insect grazing in reforestation forests and lupine meadows, PhD at the Department of Nature and Forestry, Agricultural University of Iceland

Sólveig Þorvaldsdóttir

The impact of volcanic eruptions on industries and related actions before an eruption, during an eruption and after it ends, PhD from the Research Center of the University of Iceland in Earthquake Engineering at Selfoss


Sigurður Unnar Sigurðsson

Near-field effects of earthquakes, MSc degree in civil engineering from the University of Iceland Research Center in Earthquake Engineering in Selfoss

Sæmundur Sveinsson

Genetics of bean grass in Iceland and its use for land reclamation, PhD from the University of British Columbia in Canada


Guðrún Þóranna Jónsdóttir

Relationships and cooperation between kindergartens and elementary schools in Árnes County with regard to young children's reading learning, M.Ed. exam from HÍ

Sigurður Torfi Sigurðsson

Hooves of Icelandic horses. Comparison of the hooves of riding and breeding horses. Bachelor's degree in natural resources from the Agricultural University of Iceland


Gabriel N. Wetang'ula

Does airborne pollution from geothermal power plants affect freshwater ecosystems? – PhD in biology from UI


Sigrún Vala Björnsdóttir

The success of a new treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain in Iceland, PhD in public health sciences from UI


Svanborg R. Jónsdóttir

Status and development of innovative education in Icelandic primary schools, PhD in education from the University of Iceland


Úlfur Óskarsson

The role of fungi in raising plants and revitalizing land, doctoral degree in biology from UI


Jón Ágúst Jónsson

The effect of forestry operations on wood growth and carbon flow in an aspen forest, MS degree in biology from UI

Margrét Lilja Magnúsdóttir

The effect of glyci-betine on salinity and desiccation tolerance of tree plants, master's degree from the Icelandic University of Agriculture


Eyjólfur Magnússon

High-resolution elevation model of the South Island processed with SAR-radar data, MS degree in geology from UI

Frosti Jónsson

Strengthening of settlements at city limits. Regional development in the light of innovation, cooperation networks and social wealth, master's degree from the University of Bifröst


Ríkey Hlín Sævarsdóttir

Groundwater and hydrogeology of the Skaftár area, BS in biology from UI

Þórhildur Ólöf Helgadottir

Energy park in Reykjavik in Ölfus, technology park and entrepreneur center, Cand oecon in Business Administration from UI