Scientists at NSIDC

Scientists from around the world use data housed at NSIDC to support their research. Some of these scientists work here at NSIDC (see list below), providing both context and input concerning our data management activities. NSIDC also works with a network of affiliated scientists. Through their research, our scientists help further understanding of the many changes that our planet is undergoing.

NSIDC scientists are widely published in such journals as Geophysical Research Letters; Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal of Climate; Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research; EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union ; and IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. Our scientists’ expertise has reached a wide audience through Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), just to name a few.

Scientists pursue their work as part of the CIRES Cryospheric and Polar Process Division, University of Colorado, Boulder. National agencies fund research through the peer review proposal process.

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Scientist Specialties

Mark Serreze

NSIDC Director
Professor, Department of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder
CIRES Fellow
American Meteorological Society Fellow

Arctic climate; global implications; and climate warming in the Arctic

Richard Armstrong

Senior Research Scientist
CIRES Fellow

Remote sensing of snow, ice, and frozen ground; physical and mechanical properties of snow; snow cover and glacier mass/extent as indicators of climate change

Andrew Barrett

Professional Research Assistant

 Land surface hydrology and modeling

Roger Barry

Professor Emeritus of Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
CIRES Fellow Emeritus

Arctic climate; cryosphere-climate interactions; mountain climate; climate change

Mary J. Brodzik

Senior Associate Scientist
Special Projects Lead

Remote sensing of snow and ice, data processing algorithm development for passive microwave

Jeffrey Deems

Research Scientist II

Snow properties; snow hydrology; snow depth mapping; climate change impacts on snow and water resources; LIDAR remote sensing; avalanche formation; hydrologic modeling

Matthew Druckenmiller

Research Scientist II

Coastal sea-ice dynamics; Collaborating with Indigenous sea-ice experts; Community-based monitoring; Arctic observing; Communicating the societal implications of diminishing Arctic sea ice; Sea ice and marine mammals; Science policy

Yasin Elshorbany

Research Scientist I

Multiscale modelling of permafrost carbon feedbacks and impacts on climate, modeling of the terrestrial biosphere, biogeochemistry, land-atmosphere interactions, remote sensing applications

Florence Fetterer

Principal Investigator, NOAA @ NSIDC

Sea ice; applications-oriented remote sensing; data rescue; data set development

David Gallaher

Senior Associate Scientist
Manager, Technical Services

Big Data analytics, satellite remote sensing, spatial-temporal information systems, large scale database integration, raster and vector GIS, satellite system development, production data systems, data center energy efficiency, contract administration, organizational structures, work plans, project management, prioritization methodologies, and IT best practices.

Shari Fox Gearheard

Research Scientist III

Arctic environment and change; Inuit knowledge; sea ice; knowledge co-production; environmental geography

Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa

Research Scientist III

Remote sensing and geographic information systems; client interface and metadata; data tool development; algorithm support

Alia Lauren Khan

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Biogeochemistry; hydrochemistry; black carbon; snow/ice albedo

Lora Koenig

Research Scientist

Remote sensing of ice sheets and snow, patterns of snow accumulation on ice sheets, firn aquifers (meltwater storage in ice sheet snowpack)

Walt Meier

Senior Research Scientist
NSIDC DAAC Scientist

Sea ice; passive microwave remote sensing; Arctic climate change; climate change

Twila Moon

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ice dynamics, ice sheet-ocean interaction, ice loss and freshwater flux, ice-ecosystem connections, hydrology of glaciers and ice sheets, glacier-sea ice interaction

Mahsa Moussavi

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Remote sensing of snow and ice; satellite laser and radar altimetry; remote sensing of vegetation; satellite image processing

Allen Pope

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Remote sensing of the cryosphere; glaciology; Landsat 8; LiDAR and elevation change

Peter Pulsifer

Research Scientist I

Establishment of data management and sharing protocols; understanding terminology related to traditional and community-based knowledge; and the development of web-based mapping and visualization applications

Bruce Raup

Senior Associate Scientist

Remote sensing of glaciers; geographic information systems and software development; Web-based client interfaces; metadata; data tool development; algorithm development

Karl Rittger

Research Scientist II

Snow hydrology, remote sensing of ice and snow, Earth surface energy and water balance, large-scale data modeling

Ted Scambos

Senior Research Scientist
Lead Scientist for NSIDC Science Team

Glaciology; remote sensing of the poles; climate change effects on the cryosphere; Antarctic history; geochemistry; and planetary science

Kevin Schaefer

Research Scientist III

Permafrost carbon feedback, modeling of the terrestrial biosphere, biogeochemistry, remote sensing of active layer thickness

Andrew Slater

Research Scientist III

Land-surface and hydrologic modeling of snow, frozen ground, permafrost; hydrologic forecasting and data assimilation

Colleen Strawhacker

Research Scientist I

Social sciences data management; anthropology; environmental science; human and environmental interactions

Julienne Stroeve

Senior Research Scientist

Remote sensing of snow and ice in the visible, infrared, and microwave wavelengths

Jeffery Thompson

CIRES Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow

Remote sensing of vegetation and snow; patterns of snow seasonality; vegetation phenology; snow-cover and vegetation interactions