Alia Lauren Khan

Postdoctoral Research Associate


PhD, University of Colorado - Boulder, 2016

MS, University of Colorado - Boulder, 2012

BSPH, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2009


Biogeochemistry; hydrochemistry; black carbon and light absorbing aerosols; snow/ice albedo; spectral geophysics; snow and glacial hydrology



  • Fulbright Scholar with the Chilean Antarctic program: A latitudinal study of light absorbing impurities in snow 
  • Assessing the role that glaciers and seasonal snow play in the freshwater resources of High Asia
  • Arctic Field Grant’ through the Svalbard Science Forum to conduct fieldwork at the Ny-Ålesund Research Station in Svalbard on “Pre and Post Depositional Processes of Black Carbon in Snow”


Member, American Geophysical Union
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
SCAR - Antarctic Climate 2100 Steering Committee
Ny-Ålesund Atmosphere Flagship Working Group on Aerosols in Snow
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists



Khan A.L., McMeeking, G., Schwarz, J.P, Xian, P., Welch, K., Lyons, B., McKnight, D. “Refractory black carbon measured in snow and air in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica and potential impacts of foehn winds”, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres,

Khan, A.L. “U.S. and China Assess Ecosystem Effects of a Fading Cryosphere”, EOS, 99, 

Khan A.L., Bracegirdle, T., Russell, J. “Can We Crack the Climate Code of the Southern Polar Region?”, EOS,99,


Khan, A. L., S. Wagner, R. Jaffe, P. Xian, M. Williams, R. Armstrong, and D. McKnight. 2017. Dissolved black carbon in the global cryosphere: Concentrations and chemical signatures. Geophysical Research Letters 44(12): 6,226-6,234. doi:10.1002/2017GL073485.

Khan, A. L., H. Dierssen, J. P. Schwarz, C. Schmitt, A. Chlus, M. Hermanson, T. H. Painter, and D. M. McKnight. 2017. Impacts of coal dust from an active mine on the spectral reflectance of Arctic surface snow in Svalbard, Norway. Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres 122(3): 1,767-1,778. doi:10.1002/2016JD025757.

Stibal, M., J. E. Box, K. A. Cameron, P. L. Langen, M. L. Yallop, R. H. Mottram, A. L. Khan, N. P. Molotch, N. A. M. Chrismas, F. C. Quaglia, D. Remias, C. J. P. Paul Smeets, M. R. van den Broeke, J. C. Ryan, A. Hubbard, M. Tranter, D. van As, and A. P. Ahlstrøm. 2017. Algae drive enhanced darkening of bare ice on the Greenland ice sheet. Geophysical Research Letters. doi:10.1002/2017GL075958.

Gutt, J., E. Isla, A. N. Bertler, G. E. Bodeker, T. J. Bracegirdle, R. D. Cavanagh, J. C. Comiso, P. Convey, V. Cummings, R. De Conto, D. De Master, G. di Prisco, F. d'Ovidio, H. J. Griffiths, A. L. Khan, J. López-Martínez, A. E. Murray, U. N. Nielsen, S. Ott, A. Post, Y. Ropert-Coudert, T. Saucède, R. Scherer, S. Schiaparelli, I. R. Schloss, C. R. Smith, J. Stefels, C. Stevens, J. M. Strugnell, S. Trimborn, C. Verde, E. Verleyen, D. H. Wall, N. G. Wilson, and J. C. Xavier. 2017. Cross-disciplinarity in the advance of Antarctic ecosystem research. Marine Genomics doi:10.1016/j.margen.2017.09.006.


Khan, A. L., R. Jaffé, Y. Ding, and D. M. McKnight. 2016. Dissolved black carbon in Antarctic lakes: chemical signatures of past and present sources. Geophysical Research Letters 43(11): 5,750-5,757. doi:10.1002/2016GL068609.


Mayewski, P. A., T. Bracegirdle, I. Goodwin, D. Schneider, N. A. N. Bertler, S. Birkel, A. Carleton, M. H. England, J.-H. Kang, A. L. Khan, J. Russell, J. Turner, and I. Velicogna. 2015. Potential for Southern Hemisphere climate surprises. Journal of Quaternary Science 30(5): 391-395. doi:10.1002/jqs.2794.


Khan, A. L. 2012. Creative adaptation: Bangladesh’s resilience to flooding and droughts in a changing climate. In Climate Change Modeling for Local Adaptation in the Hindu Kush–Himalayan Region, eds. A. Lamadrid, A. and I. Kelman, pp 159-176. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group.


Brown, J., C. Stauber, J. L. Murphy, A. L. Khan, T. Mu, M. Elliott, and M. D. Sobsey. 2011. Ambient-temperature incubation for the field detection of Escherichia coli in drinking water. Journal of Applied Microbiology 110(4): 915-923. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.04940.x


Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Alia Lauren Khan (INSTAAR)