M.Sc., Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University
B.Sc., Biology, University of Iceland
Berglind Orradottir is the deputy director of the United Nations University Land Restoration Training Programme (UNU-LRT). She is also assistant professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI). She has conducted and is involved in research on the influence of disturbances on abiotic ecosystem processes, and on restoration of ecosystem processes on severely eroded land.
Ph.D., Plant Ecology, University of Basel, Switzerland
M.Sc., Biology, University of Iceland
B.Sc., Biology, University of Iceland
Hafdis Hanna Aegisdottir is a plant ecologist by training. She joined the programme in 2008 and was appointed Director of UNU-LRT in 2010, where she is responsible for the direction of the programme as well as its organization, curriculum development and administration. This includes traveling to interview and select suitable candidates in their home countries, and to establish contacts and partners for the programme among local and international organizations and institutions. Hafdis Hanna has taught at the university level, and has organised and participated in botanical and ecological field courses and expeditions in many different ecosystems, from Svalbard in the Arctic to the Galapagos Islands at the Equator. Her research interests are in the fields of plant and restoration ecology, biogeography, and science education. Hafdis Hanna has published on plant ecology, biogeography and travels in peer-reviewed journals and/or public literature.
Postgrad. Diploma, Applied Gender Studies, University of Iceland
M.S. Development Studies and Educational Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark
B.A. Anthropology, University of Iceland
Halldóra is the Office Manager at the UNU-LRT programme. After graduating from Roskilde University in Denmark, Halldóra worked for the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) in Namibia in 2005-2006. In 2007 she started working for the Icelandic Women´s Rights Association (NGO) as the Executive Managing Director, until the end of 2011. In 2012 Halldóra was employed as a specialist in gender budgeting at the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources until she joined UNU-LRT in March 2013.
MS.c. in Ecology, University of Iceland
Katrín started working at the UNU-LRT programme in 2018 as a Project Manager after graduating from the University of Iceland, where she focused on the responses of below-ground processes to climate warming and grazing pressure in sub- and high Arctic environments. Katrín has since graduating taught as an assistant teacher in field courses in Iceland and Svalbard, as well as participating in several field courses in Svalbard. Within the UNU-LRT programme, Katrín will work within the ENABLE project where she will contribute to the development of educational content intended to bridge the gap between ecology and economy with a focus on land restoration.
M.Sc. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund University, Sweden
Diploma in Rural Tourism Studies, Hólar University College, Iceland
B.Ed. in Teacher Education with a specialisation in Natural Sciences, University of Education, Iceland
Salome Hallfredsdottir is an environmental scientist and a natural science teacher. She has a vast experience working in the field of environmental education, awareness raising and environmental management. She worked for the leading environmental NGO in Iceland for six years, first as a specialist/project manager and then as the managing director. She also worked for the City of Reykjavik, developing an environmental management system for the city government workplaces. In her studies she researched the connection between environmental knowledge, environmental attitudes and pro-environmental behaviour, focusing on systems thinking and the challenges of making a change.
Salome joined the United Nations University Land Restoration Training Programme in 2018.