Climate Change

A student out in the field.

The Climate Change group focuses on polar remote sensing and geophysics; glaciology; Arctic glacier history; and paleoclimatology. 

Who We Are

We are a group of faculty and researchers within the Department of Geology. Our primary strength lies in Arctic climate and glacier change, and we also cover a broad array of topics in climate change. 

Core Faculty

Jason Briner – Quaternary and glacial geology, paleoclimatology, arctic environmental change

Beata Csatho – Ice sheet mass balance and dynamics, remote sensing of the cryosphere, laser altimetry (LiDAR sensing), geologic controls on ice flow, data fusion.

Sophie Nowicki - ice sheet modeling, global climate change, sea-level rise.

Kristin Poinar - Glaciology, ice-sheet modeling

Elizabeth Thomas – Paleoclimate dynamics; environmental change in the Arctic, Asia, and Western New York; stable isotope and organic geochemistry; proxy system modeling

Anton Schenk  – Geospatial information processing, digital photogrammetry, laser altimetry including error theory, computer vision 

Research Staff

Ivan Parmuzin

Post Doctoral Scholars

Jessica Mejia
Ash Narkevic
Rachel Oien

Affiliated Faculty

Mary Alice Coffroth – Coral ecosystems and climate change
Howard Lasker
 – Coral ecosystems and climate change
Chris Lowry
 – Surface water-groundwater interaction
Stuart Evans - Atmospheric science


Climate Change Research

Study With Us

The Climate Change program offers PhDMS-thesis , and MS-non thesis degrees. Additionally, our students can obtain a PSM advanced certificate in Environmental Geographic Information Systems.

Research in our group is highly collaborative; students often gain breadth in both past and contemporary climate and glacier change. We offer courses in remote sensing, glacial geology, glaciology, GIS, geochemistry, geophsyics, and paleoclimatology, and we meet weekly for Climate Group seminars.