David Lilien is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences with PSC advisor Ian Joughin. His current research uses numerical modeling to study ice sheet dynamics in Antarctica. He is interested in using satellite and airborne observations to inform models and understand processes affecting mass loss from the ice sheets. David is particularly interested in how changes over ice shelves affect the interior of Antarctica. He is working to use new remote sensing data to investigate the melt patterns underneath Antarctic ice shelves, and to understand the effects of this melt and other changes on ice dynamics.
David came to the University of Washington from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he received his B.S. in physics and mathematics. While in New Haven, he worked on research in structural color—tiny, intricate structures on bird feathers and butterfly wings which produce color through interference rather than absorption.
When not working, David enjoys kayaking, skiing, pottery, and woodworking.