Eric Cicero: Research

I am currently an undergraduate junior at University of Buffalo majoring in geology with minors in math and physics. When I first came to UB I was focused on physics, but during my second semester I took a climate change course taught by Dr. Poinar and almost immediately decided to change to geology. In the future I hope to attend graduate school and perform research in the field of glaciology.

I got involved in research my first semester sophomore year working with 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 caught my interest. Since then I have spent some time learning about surge glaciers and firn aquifers. Using satellite imagery in Google Earth Engine I have looked at topics such as how the glaciers surge, how they can cause other glaciers around them to surge, and how fast the surge can go. Currently I am using a tool in the new Ghub platform to detect crevasses in areas containing firn aquifers to find out when and where these aquifers drain. For more information on Ghub visit

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.

Outside of the classroom I am a avid epee fencer and enjoy playing board games.

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