About us

Ilze Ozola
Board member,

 PhD in Geology - obtained in 2013 at University of Latvia, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences. In the dissertation studied peatlands and their formation and peat and its properties.

From 2007 to 2017 in parallel to my studies worked in the Latvian Peat Producers' Association. Besides scientific studies, she also studied a variety of peat industry-related issues (export trends, socio-economic aspects, environmental impact, etc.).

Ilze is a Member of the Board of certification "Responsibly Produced Peat", as well as a secretary of the International Peatland Society of (IPS) Latvian National Committee and a member of the IPS VIII Commission "Peat and peatlands cultural aspects".

Organized several international events - the International Peat Technology Symposium (2014.g.), Baltic Peat Producers Forum (2008, 2011, 2014), etc.

She has prepared the information stands about peatlands and peat along trails at Cena Mire and Puikule Mire. Also, guided tours and lectures for different audiences (pupils, students, government employees, tourists, etc.) in peatlands and peat extraction sites.

Normunds Stivrins
Board member,
Deputy Chairman

Completed MSc in geology in June 2011 in Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Latvia and defended PhD in Earth Sciences in Institute of Geology at the Tallinn University of Technology in January 2015. From January 2015 until August 2017 worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the consortium project headed by Prof. Heikki Seppä “Ecological history and long-term dynamics of the Boreal forest ecosystem (EBOR)” in the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki. From July 2017 to January 2021 assoc.prof., but later on the professor (full) Quaternary geology and geomorphology at the University of Latvia. Since February 2018 Senior Researcher at the University of Latvia. Previously from 2009 to 2011 worked as a senior expert in the Licence sector at the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development. Since January 2018 Researcher at the Department of geology at the Tallinn University of Technology.

The primary research field is palaeoecology with a focus on the reconstruction of past vegetation dynamics. Main research methods:

  • pollen analysis
  • non-pollen palynomorphs
  • micro- and macrocharcoal
  • tephrochronology

Ieva Grudzinska-Elsberga
Board member

Ieva’s scientific interest has always been associated with freshwater ecosystems and lake sediments. At the University of Latvia, she studied environmental science specializing in paleolimnology. Her Master`s thesis was about environmental changes and anthropogenic impact in three lakes (Lake Bušnieku, Lake Engure and Lake Svente) over the Holocene. She applied several palaeoecological methods, such as pollen, macroremain, diatom and grain-size analyses, as well as loss-on-ignition and magnetic susceptibility.

She used her knowledge in paleolimnology further in PhD studies at the Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) where she obtained PhD in December 2015. In PhD research “Diatom Stratigraphy and Relative Sea Level Changes of the Eastern Baltic Sea over the Holocene” she reconstructed relative sea level changes in the eastern Baltic Sea over the last 12 000 years. Research objects were isolation basins – coastal lakes that once were part of the larger water basin and due to the land uplift over time were isolated from the Baltic Sea. The key bio-proxy that is substantially required to determine the transition from marine to freshwater environment is diatom analysis. Ieva gradually improved skills in diatom identification under the supervision of eminent diatom researchers – Dr. Atko Heinsalu (TUT), Prof. Jan Risberg (Stockholm University) and Dr. Kaarina Weckström (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland). Besides diatom analysis she applied litho- and chronostratigraphy to find the isolation contact in the isolation basins, as well as geographical information systems to determine the height of the thresholds and other geomorphological markers.

Since 2016 researcher at the Institute of Biology at University of Latvia.

Martins Grava
Board member
Master degree in Geology, University of Latvia.
Currently working in The Latvian State Roads.
Since 2014 member of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Eliza Platpīre (ex Kuske)
Board member
Master degree in Geology obtained at the University of Latvia.
Main research methods:
  • Testate amoebae
  • Loss-on-ignition
Worked as an expert in State Environment Bureau Republic of Latvia

Laimdota Kalnina
PhD in Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden. Senior Researcher at the University of Latvia.
Main speciality pollen analysis and aerobiology.

Iluta Dauškane
Dr. biol., working as a docent and researcher at the Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia. Specialist in dendrochronology.


Vita Ratniece
Education: Master degree in Environmental Sciences, University of Latvia (2013), bachelor's degree in Geography, University of Latvia (2011).
Job experience: Since July 2013 working in State Ltd Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre – Information Analysis department, senior specialist in Air and Climate division. Responsibilities related to compilation of data and information for annual greenhouse gas inventory in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and for reporting other information at national and Union level relevant to climate change.

Aija Ceriņa
Master degree in geology (University of Latvia).
Scientific interests:
  • plant macroremains
  • archaeobotany
  • vegetation history
  • palaeoecology
  • stratigraphy

Sandra Zeimule
MSc in Environmental Sciences.
Currently working in State Plant Protection Service.

Agnese Pujate


 PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of Latvia) since 2015.