Research Opportunities

The UB Glacier Modeling Lab has a place for new MS students this year, to start Fall 2022. We are seeking motivated students with skills in, or interest and motivation in developing skills in, quantitative glaciology, including numerical modeling, mathematical modeling, and remote sensing. Members of the Glacier Modeling Lab work together to create an academically supportive and anti-racist community. My primary goal as a professor is to help my students succeed through growth in thinking capacity, research aptitude, and personal fulfillment in the UB Glacier Modeling Lab.

Two MS research positions available to start Fall 2022

Evolution of moulins at high elevations in Western Greenland

A meltwater canyon that delivers water to a moulin in western Greenland.
Photo by Covington research team, 2019.

This NASA-funded project requires a student to apply a MATLAB or Python-based model for the shape and size of a moulin in Greenland ice. As climate warms, meltwater occurs at higher elevations / farther inland on the ice sheet, and new moulins begin to form from place to place in the Greenland interior, this has a good chance of changing the seasonal hydrologic patterns at the bed below. This, in turn, would affect the seasonal cycle of ice flow. The research will answer the question How will future moulins in extreme inland locations affect subglacial hydrology in Greenland? The project requires strong analytic skills, the ability to code (or learn to code) in MATLAB or Python, basic GIS skills, and scientific writing/communication skills in English.

Hydrology of the upstream reaches of Helheim Glacier, East Greenland

This project is funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation and requires close study of the propagation of water-filled crevasses from the firn aquifer sited above Helheim Glacier. The position can involve field work, but field work is not required to achieve the scientific objectives and complete the thesis. The research involves application of an existing numeric model for the depth, shape, and time evolution of crevasses fed by subsurface water. Remote sensing (image analysis) will support application of the model to the field area. The project requires strong analytic skills, the ability to code (or learn to code) in MATLAB or Python, basic GIS skills, and scientific writing/communication skills in English.

A wide crevasse fed by firn-aquifer water in the upstream area of the Helheim Glacier catchment, East Greenland. Photo by Clément Miège, 2016.

I’m always looking to add motivated students to my research group. I am particularly interested in working with students from minoritized backgrounds. If you’re interested in researching this topic, drop me a note and we’ll explore a research fit! Please include in your inquiry email your background, scientific interests, and research skill set or any research experience.

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You can apply for a graduate research position at http://arts-sciences.buffalo.edu/geology/apply.html . UB Geology does NOT require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to the graduate program.