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 Science; Nature; Nature Geoscience; 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

Andrew Barrett

Professional Research Assistant

 Land surface hydrology and modeling

Mary J. Brodzik

Senior Associate Scientist
Special Projects Lead

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

John Cassano

NSIDC Lead Scientist, Teaching Faculty

Polar weather and climate, atmosphere - ice - ocean - land interaction, weather and climate modeling, atmospheric boundary layer, autonomous observing systems (atmosphere), artificial neural networks (self-organizing maps)

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

Florence Fetterer

Principal Investigator, NOAA@NSIDC

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

Shari Fox

Research Scientist III

Arctic environment and change; sea ice; collaborative research with Inuit hunters, Elders, and communities; leading multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural research teams; knowledge co-production; community-led research and monitoring; environmental geography

Walt Meier

Senior Research Scientist
NSIDC DAAC Scientist

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

Twila Moon

Research Scientist I

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

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

Julienne Stroeve

Senior Research Scientist

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