What we are researching

At the UB Glacier Modeling Lab, we study Earth’s ice sheets, especially the Greenland Ice Sheet, as well as Antarctica, past ice sheets (e.g., the Laurentide), and mountain glaciers around the world.  We ask questions about ice dynamics and the interactions between ice flow and liquid water.  How, when, and where does surface melt water get to the ice-sheet bed, and how does this affect ice dynamics?  Our primary tool is process-scale ice-sheet models, and we incorporate remote sensing data into developing these models.
Ilulissat Icefjord
Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland, where icebergs from Jakobshavn Glacier float by on their journey to the ocean.

Student research opportunities

I am always looking for motivated students with skills in, or interest and motivation in developing skills in, mathematical glaciology (including coding and remote sensing). I am particularly interested in working with students from minoritized backgrounds. 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.  If a certain research topic interests you, send me an email or drop in to my office to tell me why you’d be a good fit! 

Research topics

These topics are ongoing lines of inquiry, ready to begin on, or both!

Glacier flow in Alaska
Gilkey Glacier has ogives, or flow bands, that are like tree rings: annual layers that reveal the pattern of ice flow. The glacier ice is flowing away from us.