Dr. Kate M. Swanger


I am an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts in Lowell.  I am a glacial and periglacial geomorphologist.  My current research themes focus on the response of Antarctic ice sheets to late Cenozoic climate change, quantifying earth surface processes with rigorous field experiments and numerical modeling, and investigating the role of buried glacier ice in permafrost processes and their potential as climate archives.

Graduate Student Opportunities

I have funding for one or two graduate students interested in studying the following: 1) the history of alpine glaciers and ice sheets in Antarctica, 2) cold-desert weathering processes, or 3) using cosmogenic-nuclide exposure dating on multi-million-year deposits.

These graduate students will have the opportunity to conduct research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys from November 2013 to January 2014.