Welcome postdocs!

The Future of Ice is glad to welcome three new postdocs who will be joining us for this academic year: Seth Campbell, Stefanie Mack, and Anders Torstensson.

seth-campbellSeth Campbell
Dr. Campbell’s research covers a range topics with a focus on glaciology studies in Alaska, Antarctica, Canada, Greenland, and the continuous U.S. His expertise is in radio-glaciology (the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) on glaciers) and his research combines GPR, remote sensing, and numerical modeling to answer questions regarding the stability of mountain glaciers or ice sheets.

stefanie-mackStefanie Mack
Stefanie’s research interests are focused on ocean-ice interactions in Antarctic shelf seas.  For her PhD, she used a regional ocean model (ROMS) of the Ross Sea to investigate the role of tides and mesoscale eddies in supplying dissolved iron, a limiting micronutrient, to the surface ocean.  She is currently designing a model of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf cavity, in order to examine ocean circulation in the cavity, ocean-ice shelf interactions, and the technical aspects of offline coupling with an ice shelf model. Website

anders-torstenssonAnders Torstensson
Dr. Torstensson finished his PhD at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, studying ecophysiology of sea ice algae. His research has mainly addressed how climate change (e.g. ocean warming and acidification) affects cold-adapted microorganisms. After his PhD, he has been working as a researcher and scientific diver in Sweden and in western Antarctica, studying impacts of climate change on benthic communities. Now, he is interested in uptake, production and recycling of compatible solutes in sea ice algae – small molecules that are crucial for osmoregulation in stressful environments, such as sea ice brines. However, very little is still known about compatible solutes in sea ice and its ecological significance in frozen environments.

Artist’s collaboration with UW polar scientists, at the Nevada Museum of Art

exhibition_2016_Anna-McKee_WAIS-Reliquary_wholesculpture-309x206Anna McKee’s West Antarctic Ice Sheet Reliquary will be on display at the Nevada Museum of Art, May 28, 2016 to September 18, 2016.  The work is a sculptural installation comprised of 3,405 glass ampules that she sewed to 678 silk panels in a long hanging row creating a subtly swaying wave form. The installation’s form is the expression of 68,000 years of temperature history from an ice sheet.  In 2009, McKee visited the WAIS Divide Ice Core field camp in Antarctica through the National Science Foundations Artist and Writers program. She interviewed scientists, watched ice being drilled from a two-mile deep ice sheet and spent hours drawing the white open space. In 2012, Eric Steig, Professor of Glaciology at the University of Washington, invited her to fabricate the glass ampules for the WAIS Reliquary at his research lab, using surplus water samples from over three kilometers of glacier ice. He and several graduate students also shared data and insights that contributed to the design of the reliquary.  More more information, see: https://www.nevadaart.org/exhibition/anna-mckee-wais-reliquary-68000-years



2016 Post Docs Announced!

We are pleased to report that we have completed this year’s Future of Ice postdoc search, and we will be welcoming two new postdocs to the University of Washington this fall.

Stefanie Mack, currently at Old Dominion University, will work with Pierre Dutrieux and Ian Joughin in the Applied Physics Lab, as well as with Knut Christianson in Earth and Space Sciences.  Stephanie’s project will focus on the response of ice shelves to ocean changes at daily to seasonal timescales, using a combination of observations and modeling work.

Anders Torstensson, currently at University of Göteborg, Sweden, will work with Jodi Young and Jody Deming in the School of Oceanography, on the response of polar marine ecosystems to salinity changes.

We hope you will join us in welcoming our new postdocs to the University, and in continuing to support our current group of postdocs across multiple units in the UW polar research community.

UW Polar Day!

The University of Washington’s Future of Ice Initiative present the very first UW Polar Day! Speakers include FOI hired faculty, postdocs, and Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies! See program below.


2016 Polar Science Weekend

The Future of Ice is a sponsor for the Polar Science Weekend and would like to invite all to visit and participate. Many exciting and education exhibits for all ages!

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The 1.5 Degrees Series at Mt. Baker!

Mt. Baker hosted a new speaker series, “The 1.5 Degrees Series and What We Can Do To Help” in collaboration with the University of Washington and the Future of Ice. Speakers included Cecilia Bitz, Atmospheric Science, Daniel Schindler, School of Aquatic Fisheries Science and Department of Biology, and Nick Bond, climatologist for Washington State and Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at UW. This was a free community event, organized and facilitated by FoI postdoc Sarah Myhre.

The 1.5 Degrees Series and What We Can Do To Help
20 minute presentations by University of Washington and the Future of Ice Initiative at the White Salmon Lodge at Mt. Baker Ski Area.

Website: http://www.mtbaker.us/events/15-degrees-series/

Speaker sessions:
January 9th – The Future of Ice Far and Near by Cecilia Bitz, Atmospheric Science, UW

January 16th – Danicel Schindler, School of Aquatic Fisheries Science and Department of Biology, UW

January 23rd – Nick Bond, Climatology, Washington State and Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean, UW


Bitz Myere and Others