Meet Brad Markle – Guest Scientist
Brad will join Dec 30, 2017 and Jan 16 2018 Antarctica Departures
What will Brad be doing onboard?
On the upcoming expedition I hope to make a series of measurements of the modern climate. We will measure the water isotope ratios of vapor in the atmosphere, in the sea water, and in rain and snow as well as simultaneous observations of weather conditions. Water isotope ratios are an important tool for reconstructing past climate variability. Completely understanding their relationships to modern climate is critical. The measurements we make on this expedition will help improve our understanding of the modern water cycle as well as past reconstructions of climate variability.
Who is Brad?
My name is Bradley Markle and I am a climate scientist. I study how climate has changed in the past and the processes by which the climate system operates. To do this I use a combination of modeling and the analysis of geochemical data from ice cores drilled from the Antarctic ice sheets. In particular I study the isotopes of water and other climate proxies that are preserved in the ice. I have an undergraduate degree from Pomona College in Southern California. I next went to the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand on a Fulbright Fellowship, where I received a Masters Degree. I completed a PhD at the University of Washington in 2017, investigating the last 70,000 years of climate history in the Antarctic and Southern Hemisphere. Most summers I teach and lead research projects for undergraduates as part of the Juneau Icefield Research Program, an interdisciplinary field school on the glaciers of Southeast Alaska. In my free time, I’m an avid climber, mountaineer, runner, and amateur photographer.
Some of Brad’s photos were highlighted by the University of Washington:
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