My current research in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic

My current research covers a range of topics including permafrost thaw, coastal dynamics, drained lake basin dynamics, and permafrost affected landslides. Recent work has begin to explore how permafrost degradation and coastal change are impacting communities.


Permafrost monitoring site, Brooks Range, Alaska


Thaw slumps in Denali National Park, Alaska


Erosion mitigation efforts at Utqiaġvik, Alasksa. 

  • NSF NNA People Infrastructure Permafrost Resilience (PIPER) Project. Click here to explore this project. The goal of this NSF NNA project is to understand the complex interrelationships and mutual impacts of continued climate change in the Arctic among the following components: permafrost degradation and coastal erosion, civil infrastructure and development, and community well-being and sociodemographic and cultural resilience.

  • NSF NNA Arctic Urban Risks and Adaptations (AURA) project. Click here to explore this project. The goals of this project are to work with communities to assess the impact of wildfire, permafrost, and rain in winter hazards, how they've changed since 1980, and how they are projected to change up to 2060. 

  • NSF Accelnet The Permafrost Coastal Systems Network (PerCS-Net) . Click here to explore this project. The Permafrost Coastal Systems Network (PerCS-Net) will fill fundamental knowledge gaps associated with transforming permafrost coasts in the Arctic by linking over ten existing national and international networks. 

  • NSF  AON Permafrost Monitoring Network. Click here to explore monitoring locations and ground temperature (including real time) data from this project. This is a Pan-Arctic permafrost monitoring network with sites spanning Russia, Canada, and Alaska. 

  • NSF NNA Planning for Infrastructure Resiliency and Adaptation amid Increasing Mass-Movement Risks across the Cryosphere. This project brings together experts from diverse backgrounds, including engineers, geoscientists, computer scientists, and officials from a variety of academic institutions, public and government agencies, and industry, to discuss key challenges and formulate research priorities in 1) characterizing mass-movement hazards in the cryosphere, 2) mapping such hazards using machine learning, 3) forecasting such hazards using artificial intelligence, and 4) building climate-change-resilient infrastructure through flexible and adaptive approaches to reduce costs.