Eric Cicero: Research

I am currently an undergraduate senior at the University at Buffalo majoring in geology with minors in math and physics. I plan to attend graduate school in Fall 2022 and perform research in the field of glaciology or some other subfield of geology related to climate change.

I got involved in research my first semester sophomore year working in the UB Glacier Modeling Lab. I had no experience performing research and had very little idea about what I wanted to study but glaciology had seemed really fascinating. I’ve come to really enjoy researching how glaciers behave and would love to continue doing so in the future.
Much of my time in the lab has been spent mainly studying firn aquifers and their drainage. Currently I am using a tool in the new Ghub platform to detect crevasses in areas containing firn aquifers. The tool outputs any elevation anomalies it calculates which indicate the presence of crevasses. By determining the relationship between where these crevasses form and the patterns they form in we can investigate just how they drain the firn aquifers. For more information on Ghub visit

Outside the classroom I enjoy sport fencing and playing board games

AGU 2020 Fall Meeting

Firn aquifers present in Greenland have well known boundaries, but it has not yet been clearly established why these aquifers drain where they do. Using a crevasse detecting tool on Ghub along with DEMs to compare, we can find interaction between the locations of these crevasses and the bounds of the firn aquifers.

AGU Fall 2020 Meeting Poster

Past Research

Using satellite imagery in Google Earth Engine I have looked at topics such as how glaciers surge, how they can cause other glaciers around them to surge, and how fast those surges can travel.

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