Jeff VanLooy joined ESSP in 2010 from Radford University in Virginia, but is originally
from Grand Forks, North Dakota. Jeff received a B.S. in Geography, and a B.S. in
Cartography from the University of Idaho in 2000. His master's work was conducted
and completed in 2002 at Kansas State University where he researched fluvial geomorphology,
with specific interests in historical channel changes and human-environmental impacts.
Jeff received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Utah in 2007 with a
research focus on remote sensing of mountain glacier changes and their relation
to climate change.
Jeff has a broad background in Physical Geography, and has several research interests
regarding both fluvial geomorphology and glaciology. Currently, Jeff is using remote
sensing techniques including Landsat imagery and Digital Elevation Models to research
glacial elevation and volume changes in the Rocky Mountains and Coast Ranges of
Another developing research interest is in studying rivers of western North Dakota
to determine if and how climatic and human induced changes could be affecting stream
flow, channel morphology, and the overall riparian ecosystems. Future research could
involve the combination of fluvial geomorphology and glaciology by studying glacially
Expedition summary: 2011 Wind River Glacier Expedition
Wyoming's Wind River Range contains about 60 glaciers. In 2011 Dr. VanLooy and four
researchers hiked in for a feasibility study regarding back-packed in equipment
for measurements of ice-field characteristics such as snow depth and density, ice
depths, melt rates and others which can be used for mass balance modeling to estimate
future impacts of icefield changes.