Dept. Earth System Science and Policy
University of North Dakota
Office: Clifford Hall room 332
Address:4149 University Avenue Stop 9011
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 North America.
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 fed streams.
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.