Timothy Bartholomaus is an earth scientist and glaciologist.  He studies the factors controlling the motion and mass loss of glaciers and ice sheets.  He is an educator who instills in his students and the public an appreciation for earth’s dynamism and the scientific process.


Dr. Bartholomaus’ Timothy Bartholomaus at Yahtse Glacierresearch 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.


Dr. Bartholomaus is an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho, in Moscow, ID.  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.

Recent News

Seismology for glaciology

I’ll be giving a talk in the plenary session on Renaissance Seismology: Seismology for Non-Traditional Targets at the upcoming IRIS National Workshop, in Vancouver, WA.  I’m looking forward to sharing my perspectives on... READ MORE

@TimBartholomaus, now on Twitter

I’ve begun tweeting, under the handle @TimBartholomaus.  I’m commenting about glaciology, sea level rise, climate science, polar and alpine field work, and science in general.  You can follow my posts, with or without... READ MORE