Gifford completed his PhD adventure in earth sciences working in Dr. Robert Hawley's Glaciology laboratory at Dartmouth College. He circuitously came to the college via an Honours degree in Antarctic Studies from the University of Tasmania at Hobart (2007). Prior to that, Gifford studied at the University of California at Berkeley, fought wildland fires in the western US, served as a Team Leader and Service Learning Coordinator with AmeriCorps (NCCC), and experienced polar life via the US Antarctic Program. As part of Dartmouth's IGERT and under the tutelage of Dr. Hawley, Gifford hopes to investigate the role of glaciers within the climate change conversation by investigating the spatial variability of part of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Born and raised in California, Gifford enjoys the outdoors, improvisational acting, and helicopters.
Eric Lutz is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Glaciology
Research Group of the Department of Earth Sciences. As a snow
scientist with a broad interest in cold regions phenomena, Eric has
conducted research in glaciology (University of Innsbruck), snow and
avalanche science (SLF-Davos,Montana State University), and
hydrologic and climate change modeling (University of Washington).
His current research with Bob Hawley and Erich Osterberg aims to
characterize the spatial and temporal variability of snow and firn on
the Greenland Ice Sheet using a range of field and remote sensing
methodologies. These studies will improve our understanding of firn
densification and our ability to assess the impacts of climate change
and variability on polar ice sheets. For more information, visit his personal page.
Matt studied arsenic circulation in an Italian hydrothermal groundwater system as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College (2008). He subsequently decided to stay in Hanover as Dr. Bob Hawley's first graduate student, moving his focus from geochemistry to geophysics. In Dr. Hawley's glaciology lab, Matt used repeat high-precision GPS transects near Summit, Greenland to assess the precision and accuracy of the Geosciences Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) onboard the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat). Matt is now a first year PhD student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of the University of California, San Diego, with Dr. Helen Fricker. Matt plans on continuing his GPS and remote sensing work as part of the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project on the Siple Coast of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. In his spare time, Matt leisurely runs long distances with his 4 year old Border Collie, Rocko.
As part of Dr. Hawley's margin stability projects, Blaine used remote sensing to create a record of meltwater lake drainages in the Sermeq Avangnarleq iceshed in western Greenland in an effort to better understand how interactions between the surface and basal systems influence ice sheet dynamics. Blaine also did his undergraduate work in the Earth Sciences department at Dartmouth.
Dom is a Master's candidate at University of Maine, working with Karl Kreutz. He is investigating Arctic and North Pacific paleoclimate using ice cores and snow pits from Denali. He is interested in the formation and evolution of surface melt layers due to above-freezing conditions on the glacier, their use as a proxy for past temperature changes, and their impact on glaciochemical records. Dom was a member of the Denali field expedition in May, 2010, where he collected snow pit samples, melt layer observations, and download automated weather station data.
Tom graduated as an Environmental Earth Sciences major in 2010. He worked with Dr. Erich Osterberg on his senior honors thesis, using ice core chemistry data from Mt. Logan, Yukon Territory to interpret past changes in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Currently he is working in Dr. Osterberg's lab, setting up equipment, melting ice, and doing IC analysis. Tom is originally from Connecticut and enjoys whitewater kayaking, climbing and skiing.
Joy is an Earth Science major and an Environmental Science minor. Working with Dr. Hawley since the winter of 2009, she has been working on processing optical borehole data from 2004-2007. She is currently working on her culminating experience with Dr. Erich Osterberg and Dr. Ross Virginia comparing TEK data from the arctic region to instrumental data from the same region. She is originally from Dolores, Colorado and hopes to continue to her education in Environmental Science.
Laura was an Earth Sciences major and Environmental Studies minor at Dartmouth, graduating in June 2010. She started working with Dr. Hawley during the fall of her junior year on a project that investigated the seasonal variability of firn densification rates at Summit, Greenland, using BOS logs. The following summer she had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Svalbard on a NSF REU project. That research became the focus of her undergraduate thesis, which investigated the sedimentation processes at the termini of two tidewater glaciers in Svalbard. Outside of research, Laura enjoys skiing, running, and biking. In January 2011, she will start a MSc degree in geology at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her research will focus on understanding the small-scale variability in ice flow velocities at the Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand.
Alex is a double major in Environmental Earth Sciences and Philosophy and has worked on various projects in Dr. Hawley's lab since the fall of 2008. Currently, Alex is pursuing a culminating experience for his major with Dr. Hawley and Dr. Erich Osterberg correlating GPR data with subsurface stratigraphy on the Kahiltna Glacier, Denali, AK. Alex is originally from Massachusetts and hopes to start graduate school next year in environmental studies.
Elle is a senior majoring in Earth Science. She is currently working on her honors thesis with Dr. Erich Osterberg analyzing the most recent 60-year ice record of an ice core from Greenland, drilled in the summer of 2010. The ice core is melted in the lab using discrete sampling to be analyzed for sodium concentrations. Elle is from Vermont, races for the Dartmouth Cycling team, skis, and dabbles in clothing design.
Amy is an Environmental Earth Science major. For her senior honors thesis with Dr. Erich Osterberg, she is investigating the relationship between aerosol concentration and snow chemistry at two ice core sites in Denali National Park, AK, and characterizing their aerosol source regions. This relationship will be used to improve future paleoclimatic interpretations from a proposed deep core from Mt. Hunter. She also works in the Ice Core Lab, currently setting up equipment and assisting with IC analysis. Amy is from Boonton, NJ. She likes making music, hiking, farming, and FNR shows.
Alice is an Engineering major concentrating in electrical engineering and instrument design. Currently taking a term off from classes, she works in Dr. Hawley's laboratory tracking subsurface returns on ASIRAS radar data from the Greenland ice sheet. She is also beginning work on a project started at University of Washington -- designing an instrument to calculate relative density and grain size measurements using the optical properties of firn. Alice grew up in Alaska surrounded by geologists and glaciologists. Despite years of denying any interest, she is considering pursuing glaciology after finishing her B.E. She enjoys climbing and running, and races for the Dartmouth Nordic Ski Team.
As a freshman at Dartmouth, Blythe is part of the Women in Sciences Program (WISP), working as a research intern in Dr. Hawley's lab during winter and spring terms. She has yet to decide a major, but is excited to gain research and lab experience early in her undergraduate career. From Spokane, WA, she enjoys playing soccer, running, skiing, and hiking.
Kellie interned in Dr. Hawley's lab through the Women in Sciences Program (WISP) at Dartmouth. Her interest in glaciology probably stems from the fact that she has spent her enitre life up until now in San Diego, where snow and ice are essentially nonexistent. She has many academic interests, though, and has not yet decided on a major. Kellie plays on the Dartmouth Women's Club Water Polo Team and enjoys swimming, hiking, rock climbing, photography, collaging, and puzzles.