Laura Kehrl is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences with PSC supervisor Ian Joughin. Her research combines satellite observations and numerical modeling to investigate recent changes in glacier dynamics along the margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Over the last decade, many of the fast-flowing tidewater glaciers that drain the ice sheet have retreated, accelerated, and thinned. Laura is interested in better understanding (1) what mechanisms caused these glaciers to retreat and (2) how internal glacier dynamics can help sustain and/or stall the retreat.
Laura received her B.A. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College (2010) and M.S. in Geology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2012). While at Dartmouth, she studied marine sedimentation processes near the terminus of a tidewater glacier in Svalbard. Her M.S. research investigated the impact of water inputs on the behavior of one of New Zealand’s most famous glaciers (Franz Josef Glacier). Laura worked as a research assistant in glaciology at Dartmouth College between her undergraduate and M.S. degrees (2010-2011) and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (2012-2013).
In her free time, Laura enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing, mountaineering, and playing with her puppy.