Student researchers carry equipment across the surface of the Taku Glacier, in Alaska.
Student researchers carry equipment across the surface of the Taku Glacier, in Alaska.

The Glacier Dynamics group at the University of Idaho consists of team members working and learning together to reveal the factors controlling the rapid response of glaciers and ice sheets to environmental forcings. They use seismology and other geophysical techniques to understand glacier dynamics, including iceberg calving, water flow through glaciers, and the ice flow response to variable glacier hydrology.

Group researchers are identified below.

We’re always interested in new, clever, hard working group members.  Click here to learn about joining our group.



Dr. Timothy Bartholomaus is the lead scientist and principal investigator for the group. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Idaho. Tim joined the University of Idaho faculty in 2016, after working as a Research Associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics. His research employs a variety of geophysical techniques to understand fast glacier flow and rapid glacier change. He has led or participated in over 20 field expeditions to glaciers in Alaska, Greenland, Antarctica, and the continental U.S.

View his Curriculum Vitae here.
Tim Bartholomaus overlooking glaciers in West Greenland
Margot Vore is a Masters Student in the Department of Geography. She is applying seismology and other quantitative methods to understand how the hydrologic system beneath glaciers varies over time. Shortly after arriving at UI, she visited Taku Glacier, in Southeast Alaska, where she helped recover the seismic data that will serve as the foundation for her thesis. Margot joined us in August 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.Margot Vore in the mountains
Tristan Amaral is a Masters Student in the Department of Geological Sciences. He is using satellite observations, model output, and other tools to better understand iceberg calving around the entirety of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Tristan has also participated in lab group fieldwork to recover seismic and geodetic instruments deployed in Alaska used to track subglacial water flow. Tristan joined the group in August 2017 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Univ. of New Hampshire, and time spent working for the Juneau Icefield Research Program.Tristan Amaral