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  • Ken Mankoff: I will begin my PhD. this fall at UCSC. Work likely include projects involving subglacial lakes and grounding lines, sea ice and remote sensing. I am currently analyzing data from the terminal face of Pine Island Glacier, and oceanographic and sea ice data from the larger Amundsen Sea area.
  • Jeremy Fyke is working on a PhD with the Antarctic Research Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. My project involves coupling an ice sheet model to an Earth System model 'of intermediate complexity' (the University of Victoria Earth System Climate Model) in order to have a go at simulating coupled climate/ice sheet interactions over millennial time scales.
  • Florence Colleoni will defend her Ph.D. in paleoclimate modeling at LGGE (Grenoble, Fr) in early September. She will then start a post-doctorate at the Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici in Bologna (Italy) to couple the CISM Glimmer to the Earth System model composed of the AGCM of NCAR and of the OGCM NEMO. The final aim is to carry out transient paleoclimate simulations to understand and reproduce the interglacial/glacial transition mechanisms. This will be done in collaboration with NCAR. - My entire Ph.D. thesis is available here-
  • Surendra Adhikari is currently in his second year of PhD at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is trying to develop a 3-D higher-order numerical ice-flow model applied to valley glaciers and alpine ice-fields. This HO-model will then be coupled to the traditional SIA-model to simulate the large ice sheets such as Greenland Ice Sheet.
  • Kristin Poinar is a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of Washington who is working on two "learning curve" ice sheet modelling projects. One is writing a thermal model to apply to the Greenland ice sheet, where surface lake drainages make basal thermodynamics interesting; the second is your standard model-perturbations-at-the-terminus study, on Petermann Glacier in NW Greenland.
  • Adam Campbell is entering a PhD program at the University of Washington in Fall 2009. I have just completed a Masters Degree in Geology at Portland State University where I examined the physics of the reaction of Crane Glacier to the disintegration of the Larsen B Ice Shelf using a steady state 2-D flow model with a basal sliding law. I am presently investigating structures on the Kamb Ice Shelf to determine if they were developed by a pinch and swell mechanism. I am also uncomfortable writing about myself in the third person.
  • Patrick Applegate: I am a glacial geomorphologist and geochronologist with a taste for modeling. My Ph. D. work involves the use of geomorphic process modeling to parse out the real meaning of cosmogenic exposure dates from moraines. I am asymptotically approaching the completion of my Ph. D. at Penn State. I'm attending the Summer School because I anticipate taking a new direction for my research in the near future.
  • Matt Hoffman is in his fifth and final (?) year of a PhD at Portland State University. I am developing a spatially-distributed energy balance model for the glaciers of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. The glaciers of the Dry Valleys are near the threshold of melt during summer, such that sublimation and melt are of similar magnitude. I anticipate the Summer School will develop my skills as a modeler and help me think about the relationships between surface mass balance and ice dynamics.
  • Daniel Seneca Lindsey: I am beginning my second year in the department of Earth System Science at the University of California Irvine. I am primarily interested in modeling ice dynamics for Greenland and Antarctica. I have dabbled in subglacial hydrology and finding a basal friction field by inverting surface ice velocities. I am currently interested in tracking the evolution of the ice/ocean boundary.
  • Toby Meierbachtol: I am beginning my PhD at The University of Montana this fall. While still in the beginning stages, my research will likely be focused on the subglacial hydrology of the Greenland ice sheet and controls on sliding through direct borehole observations. Additionally, I anticipate a modeling component to my research that could include incorporating field findings to constrain model results, or investigating uncertainties in boundary conditions. The Summer School is a great way for me to jump in with both feet.
  • Stefano Normani: I am a Civil Engineer and recently completed my PhD in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. My PhD work focused on the movement of pore fluids in deep subsurface environments, both in crystalline and sedimentary rock, which are affected by continental ice-sheets. I have a strong background in the modeling of flow and transport processes in fractured and porous media, and I'm attending this Summer School to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the physics and modeling of ice-sheets.
  • Jonathan McGovern: I am finishing my first year of PhD in Swansea University, UK. The project investigates the sensitivity of Greenland ice sheet models. This will involve doing geometry sensitivity tests with the Glimmer model with respect to basal boundary conditions in particular. I have written a simple EISMINT program code. Depending on feasibility and practicality, the project will involve either using the adjoint model or more likely running ensembles.
  • Doug Brinkerhoff: I will (with any luck) be beginning my work towards an MS beginning in January of 2010. This work will most likely be centered around improving approximations of fluxes in basal hydrology through the incorporation of empirically derived flow relationships between substrate and velocity into an ice sheet model. My background is in fluvial geomorphology, and my experience in modeling is limited to the last year; this said, I look forward to the opportunity to participate in an intensive course such as this, and improve my skills in the various topics covered in the course.
  • Mauro Werder: I just finished my PhD on the jökulhlaups (glacier lake outburst floods) of Gornersee, an ice marginal lake on Gornergletscher, Switzerland. I studied the evolution of the glacial drainage system prior, during and after the outburst with tracer experiments, measurements of subglacial water pressure, proglacial and lake discharge. I simulated the measured tracer transit speeds with existing and new hydraulic models. At the beginning of next year I'll start a postdoc at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, where I am planning to develop a new hydraulic model of the glacial drainage system to simulate seasonal and daily evolution as well as jökulhlaups.
  • Yuanxiang Wang: I just finished my Ph.D in Chinese Academy of Meteorology Sciences. My major is to study the effect of climate on glacier in the Tibetan Plateau using a model under different climate drivers. I have studied some for present glacier,the ice sheet at LGM and little ice age, and predict the variability of glaciers in this century SRES climate scenarios.I hope to further study the model GLIMMER to simulate the mountain glaciers, especially its dynamic feature.
  • Fiona Seifert: I will begin working on an MS at Portland State University this fall, after completing degrees in Geology and in Math. I will be working on a problem involving the groundling line region of Kamb Ice Stream in West Antarctica.
  • Saffia Hossainzadeh I will begin my Ph.D at UC Santa Cruz in a yet to be determined project involving ice sheet dynamics. I've studied ice sheet modeling processes and techniques for two summers during my undergraduate time studying physics at the University of Chicago. My glaciology experience has also included going to the deep field on the Whillans Ice Stream to help conduct active and passive seismic experiments with Dr. Slawek Tulaczyk, Dr. John Woodward, and Jake Walter.
  • Erin Burke: I am entering my third year in the doctoral program in the University of Washington's Earth & Space Sciences Department. Now I am considered an 'upper-level' student, so I look forward to hazing the incoming students, which includes our very own Adam Campbell. When I am not planning on ruining people's lives, I study the response of alpine glaciers to climate variability/change. Often, the magnitude of a particular glacier excursion is cited as evidence of a climate change, when really, this magnitude should first be compared to what the glacier is naturally capable of. In order to declare a climate change (either past or present), we need to test the null hypothesis that the glacier is acting significantly different than it would in a stochastic climate. I've explored the issue for European and Pacific NW glaciers so far. Basically, the Little Ice Age didn't happen, and since this statement is now on Wikipedia, it must be true. Tell your friends!
  • Tang Xueyuan:I am in the progress of my PhD program in Polar Research Institute of China and Ocean University of China since 2007. My recent work involves the dynamics of Dome Argus(Dome A),East Antarctica,by using both ice sheet modeling and geophysics.I am eager to understand the dynamics by the intergration of remote sensing datasets from Dome Argus and numerical models of ice-mass flow using control methods.Especially,I wish to estimate the depth-age relationship for Dome A from radar stratigraphy,as a contribution in finding the oldest ice.