Bachelor of Science in Biology, University Iceland, 1980. Master of Science in Plant Breeding, Swedish Agricultural University, 1984. Agr.Dr. of Plant Breeding, Swedish Agricultural University, 1991.
Researcher plant breeding Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, 1985-1992, 93-94, project position, 1992-1993. Researcher environmental stress Iceland Forest Research Station, Mosfellsbae, 1994-1996. Researcher environmental science Icelandic Horticultural College, Hveragerdi, 1996-2000, head department reforestation and restoration of nature, since 2000.
Member European Association Potato Research, European Plant Breeding Society, European Association for Plant Breeding Research, Icelandic Society Natural Scientists, Swedish Academy Society University Teachers, New York Academy of Sciences.
Married Thorsteinn Baldursson, September 12, 1976 (divorced November 1984). 1 child, Kristin Thyri. Married Didrik Soemundsson, August 9, 1997.
Children: Solveig Margret, Gudrun.