Geohazards Research Unit

Dr Beata Sternal

Position: assistant professor

Tel.: 0048-61-829 6025 

Scientific interests

I have been scientifically active in the field of marine geology investigating sedimentation processes in coastal and shelf environments in a range of different regions: Vietnamese Shelf of the South China Sea (BSc and MSc degrees in Geology), Thailand Coast of the Indian Ocean, Sendai Plain at the Japanese Coast, SW Spitsbergen region of the Arctic Ocean (PhD degree in Earth Sciences) and the fjords of Northern Norway. 

I have been consequently building up a researcher’s tool box readily used to study sedimentological (grain-size, X-ray imaging), geochemical (210Pb 137Cs radioisotopes; TOC; major, trace and REE, semi-quantitative SEM-EDS) and mineralogical (heavy and clay mineral analyses) properties of mostly marine sediments. 


  • Dunkl, I., Eynatten, H., Andò, S., Lünsdorf, K., Morton, A., Alexander, B., Aradi, L., Augustsson, C., Bahlburg, H., Barbarano, M., Benedictus, A., Berndt, J., Bitz, I., Boekhout, F., Breitfeld, T., Cascalho, J., Costa, P.J.M., Ekwenye, O., Fehér, K., Flores-Aqueveque, V., Führing, P., Giannini, P., Goetz, W., Guedes, C., Gyurica, G., Hennig-Breitfeld, J., Hülscher, J., Jafarzadeh, M., Jagodziński, R., Józsa, S., Kelemen, P., Keulen, N., Kovacic, M., Liebermann, C., Limonta, M., Lužar-Oberiter, B., Markovic, F., Melcher, F., Miklós, D.G., Moghalu, O., Mounteney, I., Nascimento, D., Novaković, T., Obbágy, G., Oehlke, M., Omma, J., Onuk,, P., Passchier, S., Pfaff,, K., Lincoñir, L.P., Power, M., Razum, I., Resentini, A., Sági, T., Salata, D., Salgueiro, R., Schönig, J., Sitnikova, M., Sternal, B., Szakmány, G., Szokaluk, M., Thamó-Bozsó, E., Tóth, Á., Tremblay, J., Verhaegen, J., Villaseñor, T., Wagreich, M., Wolf, A., Yoshida, K., 2020 Comparability of heavy mineral data – The first interlaboratory round robin test. Earth-Science Reviews v.211 1-27. [link]
  • Mun, Y., Palinkaš, S.S., Forwick, M., Junttila, J., Pedersen, K.B., Sternal, B., Neufeld, K., Tibljaš, D., Kullerud, K., 2020 Stability of Cu-Sulfides in Submarine Tailing Disposals: A Case Study from Repparfjorden, Northern Norway. Minerals v. 10 1-34. [link]
  • Jagodziński, R., Sternal, B., Stattegger, K., Szczuciński, W., 2020 Sediment distribution and provenance on the continental shelf off the Mekong River, SE Vietnam: Insights from heavy mineral analysis. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences v.196 1-16. [link]


  • Husum, K., Howe, J.A., Baltzer, A., Forwick, M., Jensen, M., Jernas, P., Korsun, S., Miettinen, A., Mohan, R., Morigi, C., Myhre, P.I., Prins, M.A., Skirbekk, K., Sternal, B., Boos, M., Dijkstra, N., Troelstra, S., 2019 The marine sedimentary environments of Kongsfjorden, Svalbard: an archive of polar environmental change. Polar Research v. 38 1-16. [link]
  • Sternal, B., Junttila, J., Forwick, M., Carroll, J., 2019 Human-induced changes of modern Arctic sedimentary environments: two case studies on the distribution and fate of mine tailings disposed to fjords in northern Norway. Szczuciński Witold (red.): 1st International Conference ‘Processes and Palaeo-environmental changes in the Arctic: from past to present’ (PalaeoArc). Book of abstracts, 2019 48-49.


  • Pedersen K.B., Jensen P.E., Sternal B., Ottosen L.M., Henning M.V., Kudahl M.M., Junttila J., Skirbekk K., Frantzen M., 2018 – Long-term dispersion and availability of metals from submarine mine tailing disposal in a fjord in Arctic Norway. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, v. 25 32901-32912. [link]
  • Telesiński MM, Przytarska JE, Sternal B, Forwick M, Szczuciński W, Łącka M, Zajączkowski M 2018. Palaeoceanographic evolution of the SW Svalbard shelf over the last 14 000 years. Boreas, v. 47 410-422.[link]
  • Simonsen A.M.T., Pedersen K.B., Bach L., Sternal B., Junttila J., Elberling B., 2018 – Applying Chemometrics to Determine Dispersion of Mine Tailing-Affected Sediments from Submarine Tailing Disposal in Bøkfjorden, Northern Norway. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 229(6):206 [link]


  • Sternal B, Junttila J, Skirbekk K, Forwick M, Carroll J, Pedersen KB. 2017. The impact of submarine copper mine tailing disposal from the 1970s on Repparfjorden, northern Norway. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 120: 136-153. [link]
  • Pedersen KB, Jensen PE, Sternal B, Ottosen LM, Henning MV, Kudahl  MM, Junttila J, Skirbekk K, Frantzen. 2017. Long term dispersion and availability of metals from submarine mine tailings disposal in a fjord in Arctic Norway. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. [link]


  • Pisarska-Jamroży M., Van Loon A.J. (Tom), Woronko B., Sternal B., 2015 – Heavy-mineral analysis as a tool to trace the source areas of sediments in an ice-marginal valley, with an example from the Pleistocene in NW Poland. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences v. 94 185-200. [link]


  • Pisarska-Jamroży, M., Sternal, B., 2014 Heavy minerals as indicators of the source areas of the sediments in the Toruń-Eberswalde ice-marginal valley (NW Poland). Late Quaternary terrestrial processes, sediments and history: from glacial to postglacial environments. Excursion guide and abstracts of the INQUA Peribaltic Working Group Meeting and field excursion in Eastern and Central Latvia, August 17-22, 2014 126-127.
  • Sternal B., Szczuciński W., Forwick M., Zajączkowski M., Lorenc S., Przytarska J., 2014 – Postglacial variability in near-bottom current speed on the continental shelf off SW Spitsbergen. Journal of Quaternary Science 29(8): 767-777 [link]


  • Jagodziński R., Sternal B., Szczuciński W., Chagué-Goff C., Sugawara D., 2012 – Heavy minerals in the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami deposits—insights into sediment sources and hydrodynamics. Sedimentary Geology, 282: 57-64 [link]


  • Jagodziński R., Sternal B., Szczuciński W., Lorenc S., 2009 – Heavy minerals in the 2004 tsunami deposits on Kho Khao island, Thailand. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 18:103-110 [link]
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