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Aleksandr Montelli

PhD Institution: University of Cambridge Class: 2019 Fellow Postdoctoral institution and lab:

Kingslake Group, Columbia University

Specialism: Geophysics

Aleksandr completed his PhD at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, following earlier study in his native Russia and the United States. During his PhD, Aleksandr’s research focused on geophysical and geological investigations of high-latitude continental margins to reconstruct former ice-sheet behavior and understand long-term ice-ocean interactions in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Although empirical reconstructions are essential for understanding past changes to ice sheets, numerical ice-sheet simulations are needed to project future ice-sheet dynamics and associated changes to sea-level. Aleksandr will therefore use the time in his Schmidt Science Fellowship year to pivot into the computational and numerical modelling of ice sheets and ice masses with the Kingslake Group at Columbia University. 

Aleksandr’s placement will be an opportunity to bridge the gap  between the empirical and the numerical ice-sheet modelling communities, a bridge that is crucial  for work towards a deeper understanding of how ice sheets are responding to the warming global climate and to predict their future changes more accurately.