Jeff Gunderson

Graduate Student
I completed my undergraduate degree in geology at The College of Wooster in May of 2017. During my time as an undergraduate, my research interests ultimately became centered around the relationship between glaciers and climate, and understanding the impacts of glacier loss. This broad interest became manifest through my participation in The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) in 2015, where I primarily studied the stable water isotopes of Taku Glacier. Thereafter, I worked with my previous advisor, Dr. Greg Wiles, for two years in his dendrochronology lab. Culminating into a senior thesis, I leveraged a newly developed tree ring parameter, blue light intensity (BI), to model glacier mass balance into the Little Ice Age. I also worked to date geomorphic features in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve using subfossil wood collected in the field. Moving forward, I am interested in glacial hydrology and very excited to bring a tree ring perspective to tropical glaciers in Peru.
Areas of Expertise
  • Glacier Environmental Change