Mary Albert

Dr. Albert is a Professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and she is Executive Director of the NSF-funded United States Ice Drilling Program Office.  Dr. Albert has been active in polar science for many years, and she served as the first Chair of the National Academy of Science's  U.S. National Committee for the International Polar Year (2007-2008).  She has led research on air-snow transport phenomena in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. Currently she and her students are discovering ways in which the physical aspects of firn affect atmospheric gas trapping, for improved understanding of the climate record of ancient atmospheric gases in ice cores and their role in abrupt climate change.   As Executive Director of NSF's  U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office, she works with scientists across the nation and their international partners to form and articulate the long-term plans for the ice core science research, and she oversees the associated drilling technology development to ensure that the drilling technology will be ready when needed by the science.  

Richard Forster

Dr. Forster is a professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Utah. His research primarily focuses on using remote sensing data to derive information about seasonal snow cover and ice/glacier conditions in Alaska, Greenland, Antarctica, and the Intermountain West. Data sets most frequently used include synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interferometric SAR (InSAR). In addition, he uses InSAR to measure ground displacement due to hydrologic processes.

Birgit Hagedorn

Dr. Hagedorn is a research professional and lab manager of the Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology Laboratory at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her research interests include low temperature geochemistry, physical and chemical processes in periglacial landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic, biogeochmeical cycles, and solute transport in permafrost. For over fifteen years, she has research experience in the Arctic where she investigates water and soil geochemistry and how they are affected by climate change. Her current projects include studying the effect of bedrock geochemistry on microbial diversity,and fluxes of micro-nutrients in melt water streams ,and fluxes of micro-nutrients in melt water streams in Thule and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Dorothy Hall

Dr. Hall is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She has utilized a variety of satellite, in-situ and other data to study snow cover, lake ice, valley glaciers and the Greenland Ice Sheet both in the field and using satellite data. Her current research interests include mapping seasonal snow cover, and surface temperature and melt patterns of the Greenland Ice Sheet. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Remote Sensing of Environment, and an associate editor of The Cryosphere. She is also PI of the MODIS Snow and Ice Mapping Project and a VIIRS snow project, and PI of other projects to map surface temperature and melt of the Greenland Ice Sheet. She has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware, and an Adjunct Faculty member at George Mason University and at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Carl Legleiter

Dr. Legleiter is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wyoming and a faculty affiliate at the Geomorphology and Sediment Transport Laboratory for the United States Geological Survey.  His research interests primarily focus on using remote sensing data and geo-statistical analysis to study fluvial geomorphology and river channel change.  His most recent research efforts has led him to receive a four year Office of Naval Research grant to measure and map riverine environments by making use of optical remote sensing.   

Thomas Mote

Dr. Mote is a professor and Head at the Department of Geography at University of Georgia, a member of UGA's Faculty of Water Resources, director of the Program in Atmospheric Sciences, and co-director for the Southern High Resolution Modeling Consortium, a collaboration with the USDA Forest Service. In addition, he is an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. His research interests include hydroclimatology, climate change, water resources, and the application of geospatial technologies to the study of cryospheric processes.

Åsa K Rennermalm

Dr. Rennermalm is an assistant professor at the Department of Geography at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and organizer of the sixth MaGrann Conference. Her research interests are hydrology and climate of the Arctic region. Her work includes studies of hydrology-ecosystem interactions, spatiotemporal patterns of Arctic hydrologic change, Greenland ice sheet hydrology, and impacts of Arctic hydrologic change. She has participated in several field expeditions to the Arctic, including Alaska and Greenland. Her most recent research efforts on braided river dynamics and ice sheet watershed melt water losses in southwestern Greenland has led her and her colleagues from University of California, Los Angeles to receive a three year NASA funded grant.

Julienne Stroeve

Dr. Stroeve is a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center located at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests include studying the decline in Arctic sea ice cover and its ultimate impact on the Northern Hemisphere's climate gathered by satellite and other remote measuring tools. She has participated in several field campaigns in Greenland and the Arctic to validate geophysical parameters retrieved from satellites including sea ice concentration, surface temperature, and surface albedo.

Marco Tedesco

Dr. Tedesco is an associate professor at the Department of Earth System Science & Environmental Engineering at The City College of New York, director of the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory, co-author of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Arctic Report Card, and a research scientist affiliated with the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology. His work involves studying the rate of snow and ice melt using satellite data, ground-based microwave technologies, and modeling of the Greenland ice sheet. Under support from NSF and NASA funding, he has visited the Greenland ice sheet in multiple expeditions.

Ellen Mosley-Thompson

Dr. Mosley-Thompson is a distinguished professor at the Department of Geography at Ohio State University, Director of the Byrd Polar Research Center, a member of National Academies of Science, and a pioneer in ice core research. Her research focus is paleoclimatic reconstruction from the chemical and physical properties preserved in ice cores. For more than three decades, she has conducted ice core drilling programs in Antarctica and Greenland and along with her colleagues reconstructs paleoenvironmental conditions from the chemical and physical properties preserved in ice cores collected from Antarctica, Greenland, China, Peru, Tanzania, Russian Arctic, Alaska, and Indonesia.


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