I am a geophysicist interested in understanding the fundamental processes and mechanisms by which ice sheets and glaciers respond to climate change. To this end, I often combine a variety of field observations (e.g. GPS receivers and seismometers) with satellite imagery and theoretical/numerical analysis to understand how glaciers and ice sheets break and flow and how this translates to past, present, and future sea level rise. Over the past few years my research focus has evolved towards trying to understand and mitigate the societal impact of sea level rise and climate change on local communities, including Detroit. This work is often done in collaboration with social scientists, engineers and community organizations.

Potential Students

I am always interested in hearing from bright motivated students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Feel free to shoot me an email if you are interested in glaciology at UM.

Larsen B Ice Shelf
Satellite image showing the disintegration of the Larsen B Ice Shelf. The Larsen B Ice Shelf completely disintegrated over a period of about 3 weeks in March of 2002 in an event that has been linked to global warming. The light blue areas show sub-pixel sized icebergs in what my colleague Doug MacAyeal calls the “mosh-pit”. My research group tried to understand the processes and mechanisms at work during events like these.