Andrew Malone

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
    Office: 2476
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I research the mechanisms for past climate changes and the human impacts of present and future climate change, using mountain glaciers as a proxy for climate change and a vital natural resource. My primary techniques include: data analysis, numerical and mathematical modeling, and remote sensing. I focus mainly on glaciers and communities in the tropical Andes (South America) but am also working on a project in the European Alps. The objectives of my research are to better understand fundamental physical and chemical processes in the Earth System, collect new data in data-sparse regions, and provide information that will improve community resilience to current and future climate changes.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 1 to 2 Credit Hours (3 to 6 hours per week)

    Qualifications of a Student:
    I am looking for motivated and enthusiastic students. My current research assistants are in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department but that is not a requirement. Curiosity, however, is a must.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    A student will either take the lead on a small part of one of my current research projects or I am happy mentoring a student in a student-identified project. Projects related to my current research could include:
    1) mapping glacier coverage and quantifying glacier change in Southern Peru using satellite data,
    2) tracking spatial and temporal variability of snow cover on glaciers using satellite data,
    3) quantifying the rates and key processes for current glacier change using data analysis techniques,
    4) identifying dominate energy exchange processes for tropical glaciers using numerical models (proficiency in python is a must for this project).
    For Projects 1 through 3, no previous technical experience is required; a desire to learn new techniques and software is a must.

    As a research assistant, you and I will meet once a week for 1 hour to check-in on weekly progress, trouble-shoot problems, and identifying the next week's research targets. You will then be expected to spend 2 to 5 hours per week between meetings (depending on the number of credit hours) conducting research towards these targets. Your research will culminate in a 10-minute slide show presentation that you give to my research group at the end of the semester. There is also the possibility to present research at an academic conference during a subsequent semester and/or co-authorship on publications.

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