Associate Professor

Denise Christina Ruther

Field of work

I teach in the bachelor programme Geology and Geohazards and the international semester programme Geohazards and Climate Change. I have course responsibility for Sedimentology and Snow science and avalanches. My research falls within the field of Quaternary sedimentology and geomorphology and includes mass movement processes.

Peer-reviewed publications

[16] Rüther, D.C., Hefre, H. and Rubensdotter, L. (2022): Extreme precipitation induced landslide event on 30 July 2019 in Jølster, western Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology

[15] Nesje, A., Rüther, D.C. and Yde, J.C. (2022): Stratigraphy and age of a Neoglacial sedimentary succession of proglacial outwash and an alluvial fan in Langedalen, Veitastrond, western Norway. Boreas.

[14] Lindsay, E., Frauenfelder, R., Rüther, D.C., Nava, L., Rubensdotter, L., Strout, J.M. and Nordal, S. (2022): Multi-Temporal Satellite Image Composites in Google Earth Engine for Improved Landslide Visibility: A Case Study of a Glacial Landscape. Remote Sensing 14, 25.A.

[13] Nordengen, S., Rüther, D.C., Riiser, A., Andersen, L.B. and Solbraa, A.K. (2019): Correlates of Commuter Cycling in Three Norwegian Counties. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) 16, 18.

[12] Llopart, J., Urgeles, R., Forsberg, C.F., Camerlenghi, A., Vanneste, M., Rebesco, M., Lucchi, R.G., Rüther, D.C. and Lantzsch, H. (2019): Fluid flow and pore pressure development throughout the evolution of a trough mouth fan, western Barents Sea. Basin Research 31, 487.

[11] Rüther, D.C., Winsborrow, M., Andreassen, K. and Forwick, M. (2017): Grounding line proximal sediment characteristics at a marine-based, late-stage ice stream margin. Journal of Quaternary Science 32, 463.

[10] Andreassen, K., Bjarnadóttir, L.R., Rüther, D.C. and Winsborrow, M. (2016): Retreat patterns and dynamics of the former Bear Island Trough Ice Stream. In Atlas of Submarine Glacial landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient (Geological Society of London), p. 445-452.

[9] Rüther, D.C.,  Andreassen, K. and Spagnolo, M. (2016): Aligned glacitectonic rafts on the floor of the central Barents Sea. In Atlas of Submarine Glacial landforms: Modern, Quaternary and Ancient (Geological Society of London), p. 189-190.

[8] Rebesco, M., Özmaral, A., Urgeles, R., Accettella, D. Lucchi, R.G., Rüther, D.C., Winsborrow, M., Llopart, J., Caburlotto, A., Lantzsch, H. and Hanebuth, T.J.J. (2016):  Evolution of a high-latitude sediment drift inside a glacially-carved trough based on high-resolution seismic stratigraphy (Kveithola, NW Barents Sea). Quaternary Science Reviews 147, 178.

[7] Hillier, J. K. et al., (2015): Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness. Journal of Maps 11, 719.

[6] Andreassen, K., Winsborrow, M., Bjarnadóttir, L.R. and Rüther, D.C. (2014): Ice stream retreat dynamics inferred from an assemblage of landforms in the northern Barents Sea. Quaternary Science Reviews 92, 246.

[5] Rüther, D. C.,  Andreassen, K. and Spagnolo, M. (2013): Aligned glaciotectonic rafts on the central Barents Sea seafloor revealing extensive glacitectonic erosion during the last deglaciation. Geophysical Research Letters 40, 6351.

[4] Bjarnadóttir, L.R., Rüther, D.C., Winsborrow, M. and Andreassen, K. (2013): Grounding-line dynamics during the last deglaciation of Kveithola, W Barents Sea, as revealed by seabed geomorphology and shallow seismic stratigraphy. Boreas 42, 84.

[3] Rüther, D.C., Bjarnadóttir, L.R., Junttila, J., Husum, K., Rasmussen, T.L., Lucchi, R.G. and Andreassen, K. (2012): Pattern and timing of the northwestern Barents Sea Ice Sheet deglaciation and indications of episodic Holocene deposition. Boreas 41, 494.

[2] Rüther, D.C., Mattingsdal, R., Andreassen, K., Forwick, M. and Husum, K. (2011): Seismic architecture and sedimentology of a major grounding zone system deposited by the Bjørnøyrenna Ice Stream during Late Weichselian deglaciation. Quaternary Science Reviews 30, 2776.

[1] Dypvik, H., Riber, L., Burca, F., Rüther, D.C., Jargvoll, D., Nagy, J. and Jochmann, M. (2011): The Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) in Svalbard - clay mineral and geochemical signals. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 302, 156.

Courses taught
  • GE436 Sedimentology
  • GE448 Snow science and avalanches
Research areas
  • reconstruction of ice dynamics, deglaciation and mass movements
  • study of lacustrine and marine sedimentary archives
  • sediment delivery at palaeo ice-stream grounding lines
  • subglacial landforms preserved in the geological record; particularly those found under fast-flowing ice


Research groups
  • Member of the landslides research group
  • But my research also overlaps with topics covered by the reseach groups glacier and fjord