Gifford will begin 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.
Thomas completed a masters in Geography from the University of Kansas (2010), where he used near-surface radar data to derive accumulation rates near Summit, Greenland. During his masters, he earned a Fulbright Grant to Denmark, hosted by the University of Copenhagen's Centre for Ice and Climate. Various research projects in Greenland have taken him to Upernavik Glacier, Jakobshavn Glacier, Summit Station, NEEM Deep Ice Core, and multiple settlements along the west and east coasts of Greenland. Prior to his arctic interests, Thomas completed a B.S. in Geography from Northern Arizona University (2004)
Ali is a first-year PhD student in the Glaciology Research Group. After conducting undergraduate and post-grad work on past climate and mountain glacier fluctuations, Ali was interested in learning about effective science communication, policy development, and business initiatives surrounding climate change. She hopes to draw from and build on her experiences with environmental NGOs as a fellow in Dartmouth's IGERT program on Polar Environmental Change. Ali is generally interested in glacier modeling, ice sheet stability, and the sociopolitical implications of melting ice and rising seas; she will be working with Bob as part of an international team investigating the deglaciation history of the Ross Sea embayment, which will help contextualize current and future responses of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to climate change.
Kristin is a first-year PhD student in the Glaciology Research Group. Her background is in physics (undergrad at Southern Methodist University, TX) but moved to Hanover from Maine, where she did her Masters. While at UMaine, she was able to study tidewater glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska, but focused her research on determining the environmental controls on tidewater outlet glaciers in Greenland through remote sensing and in situ measurements (GPS, Met stations, Seismic Stations, Time-Lapse cameras). She also worked on constraining the point of origin for glacial earthquakes through a remote-sensing terminus position time series. While at Dartmouth, she will work on Dr. Hawley's margin stability project trying to determine the sub-glacial hydrology of Jakobshavn Glacier, West Greenland. She is broadly interested in the Glacier dynamics of tidewater outlet glaciers and studying them through in situ and remote sensing techniques. Kristin grew up in Chicago and enjoys being outdoors- if she ever has any free time, you can generally find her ice climbing, rock climbing or kayaking!