I am interested in processes affecting glaciers and ice sheets under changing conditions. When ice melts on the surface of a glacier, some (or all) of the meltwater drains through the glacier to the bed, where the ice meets rock or sediment. Water pressure under the ice affects how fast the glacier slides by lubricating the bed and reducing friction. Glaciers do not only melt on top; they also melt from below, so some of the water is produced by melting at the bed. In my current research, I use mathematical modeling to simulate water drainage beneath glaciers and ice sheets, ultimately to help make better predictions of sea-level rise.

  • subglacial hydrology
  • glaciers and ice-sheet dynamics
  • sea-level rise
  • firn permeability
  • coupled climate system modeling
  • paleoclimate


Rice University: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (2009)

University of Colorado at Boulder: PhD in Civil Engineering (2018)

Postdoctoral work:

Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO (2019-2020)

Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (2020-2022)