The Glacier Dynamics Group at the University of Idaho reveals the factors controlling the motion and rapid mass loss of glaciers and ice sheets. Our approach to research is fundamentally interdisciplinary. We draw on seismology and other geophysical techniques to understand glacier dynamics, including iceberg calving, water flow through glaciers, dynamic thinning, and the ice flow response to variable glacier hydrology. Through theory and numerical analysis, we test explanations for our glaciological observations. This work is motivated by the need to understand rapid glacier change, its impact on sea level, and on landscape change.
Specifically, our research interests and expertise include:
- glacier dynamics (the factors that make a glacier speed up or slow down, advance or retreat),
- the generation and transmission of seismic waves,
- iceberg calving and submarine melt at the fronts of tidewater glaciers,
- water flow through and beneath glaciers, and
- processes that act on and shape the earth’s surface.
The Glacier Dynamics Group is led by Dr. Timothy Bartholomaus in Moscow, ID. Dr. Bartholomaus is a glaciologist, geophysicist, educator and Assistant Professor. He was formerly a Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, in Austin, TX. He received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in December 2013, completed a master’s degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, and a bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College.
Three UI students, Chris Miele, Emma Swaninger, and Abby Lute, attended the 2019 Northwest Glaciologists meeting in Corvallis, Oregon, last week. Chris and Emma are students in the Glacier Dynamics lab and shared... READ MORE
Members of the Glacier Dynamics lab at UIdaho are preparing this week for next week’s gathering of Northwest Glaciologists. Chris Miele will present a theory-based analysis on the interplay between submarine melt and... READ MORE
At the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics meeting in Montreal, Canada, Bartholomaus co-convened and presented during a symposium on Glacier Seismology. The well-attended symposium featured talks from authors around the world on... READ MORE
Denis Felikson has been awarded the 2019 Early Career Award by the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences. Tim Bartholomaus had the privilege of working with Denis while the two of them were at... READ MORE
UI Glacier Dynamics lab member Tristan Amaral recently gave an excellent summary of his master’s thesis research, “Validation of iceberg calving models on Greenland outlet glaciers.” During his presentation, Tristan discussed the challenges... READ MORE