Mary Verné

Howdy Everyone, I’m Mary!

I am a first-year Master’s Student in the Geology Department at the University at Buffalo, and I work with Dr. Kristin Poinar. Currently, I am using ICESat-2 observations and a numerical model to infer crevasse propagation depths on Umiammakku Isbræ, Greenland. But, I am generally interested in the Greenland Ice Sheet!

Prior to coming to UB, I was a Geotechnical Intern with HDL Engineering, in Anchorage, Alaska where I collaborated with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) to help interpret geological subsurface conditions due to permafrost degradation, specifically in the rural village of Cev’aq (Chevak). I also learned how to conduct geologic drillings, soil classifications, and seismic surveys for several locations across south-central Alaska.

Before Alaska, I studied at Virginia Tech, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Geosciences in 2022. While at VT, I worked as an undergraduate researcher in the Chemical Hydrogeology Lab, Coastal Hazards Lab, Computational Geo-Fluids Lab, and the Earth Observation & Innovation Lab.


In my free time, I love to be outside. I particularly enjoy traveling, camping, kayaking, hiking, and recently, scuba diving! 🗺️🏕️🛶🥾🤿

Here are some photos from my travels and adventures 🤩

Theodulgletscher (Theodul Glacier), Zermatt, Switzerland
Aialik Glacier, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Unterer Grindelwaldgletscher (Lower Grindelwald Glacier), Grindelwald, Switzerland
Grosser Aletschgletscher (Great Aletsch Glacier), Fieschertal, Switzerland