Research Group

Mark Flanner
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After studying engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Mark earned a Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California – Irvine and studied for two years as an ASP Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2009, where he leads research on cryosphere-climate interactions and teaches courses on topics of climate and radiative transfer. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 journal articles and was named a Highly Cited Researcher in 2018. He has served as a contributing author to the IPCC Fifth and Sixth (forthcoming) Assessment Reports on Climate Change, the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and the UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone. He currently co-chairs the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Expert Group on Short-Lived Climate Forcers. He lives in Ann Arbor with his family, and in limited free time enjoys jogging, swimming, table tennis, and photography.
Zach Fair
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My research interests revolve around airborne and satellite remote sensing in high latitudes, namely in how sensing methods respond to aspects of the Earth’s surface. Currently, I am involved with the ICESat-2 and Operation IceBridge (OIB) missions to examine the interactions between lidar and water and snow surfaces. In my first project, I found that ICESat-2 and the OIB lidar may be used to perform supraglacial lake depth retrievals over Greenland and Antarctica. For my current project, I am using ICESat-2 and OIB lidar observations in tandem with hyperspectral spectroscopy to attribute observed biases to snowpack properties over Greenland. After attending a field school in snow measurements, in-situ validation of airborne/satellite observations is an emerging interest of mine. Outside of work, I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and exploring the local restaurant scene with my girlfriend. I also dream of my first chance to cross the Arctic or Antarctic circle – Iceland and Greenland are my top candidates.
Chloe Whicker
I grew up in Los Angeles and obtained an undergraduate degree from UCLA in Environmental Science with a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Now, as a graduate student at the University of Michigan, I am interested in how abiotic and biotic particles on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet interact and influence snow and ice melt. My work will focus on modeling the darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet by algal blooms. In my free time, I enjoy running, cooking, and being outdoors. 

Group Alumni

Jamie Ward (Ph.D. student, 2014-2020), now a postdoctoral scholar working at York University.
Adam Schneider (Ph.D. student, 2013-2018), now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California – Irvine.

Yang Li (postdoctoral scholar, 2017), now an Assistant Professor at Baylor University.
Chaoyi Jiao (Ph.D. student, 2010-2015; postdoctoral scholar, 2016-2017), now a data engineer with Facebook.

Deepak Singh (Ph.D. student, 2013-2016), now an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay.
Justin Perket (Ph.D. student, 2010-2015), now a software engineer at Princeton / NOAA GFDL.
Ayoe Buus Hansen (postdoctoral scholar, 2012-2013), now a scientist at the United Kingdom Met Office
Alex Gardner (postdoctoral scholar, 2010-2012), now a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) students

Miles Butler (2019-2020)

Morgan Douglas (2018-2019)

Johnny Huang (2018-2019)

Eric Lian (2018-2019)

Aaron Weldy (2018-2019)

Terry Guan (2018-2019)

Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) students

Julian Arnheim (2020)

Benjamin (David) Dillahunt (2014)

Adrianne Engel (2013)

Lance Rayborn (2013)

Undergraduate researchers

James Kessler (NOAA GLERL summer fellow, co-mentored with Ayumi Manome) (2015)

Barbara Doyle (undergraduate researcher, 2014)

Edwin Tang (undergraduate researcher, 2014)

Christopher Koh (undergraduate researcher, 2013-2014)

Menglu Huang (undergraduate researcher, 2013)

Jordan Feight (undergraduate researcher, 2011)

Jingyi Bao (undergraduate researcher, 2011)