Curriculum Vitae

  • Interim Associate Dean College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Social & Behav Science-Dean, University of Utah
  • Professor, Geography Department, University of Utah


Research Statement

My research primarily focuses on using remote sensing data to derive information about snow and ice conditions at the Earth's surface. More specifically I study glaciers and seasonal snow cover response to climate change. This work is geographically focused on Alaska, Greenland, Antarctica, and the Intermountain West. The data sets I use most frequently are based on microwave remote sensing, especially synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and interferometric SAR (InSAR). In addition, I use InSAR to measure ground displacement due to hydrologic processes.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • An initial investigation of the Greenland perennial firn aquifer. PI: Richard Forster. 01/01/2013 - 01/01/2015. Total project budget to date: $213,598.00
  • Mechanisms of Alaskan glacier motion through observation of surface velocities and ice thickness. PI: Richard Forster. NASA, 09/15/2009 - 09/14/2012. Total project budget to date: $90,000.00
  • Investigation of Spatial and Temporal Variation in Snowpack Properties and Their Microwave Radiative Response Using High Resolution Broadband (2-18-GHz) Active Microwave Radar Measurements. PI: Han Petter Marshal. Co-PI(s): Richard Forster. NASA, 09/09/2008 - 09/08/2009. Total project budget to date: $474,074.00
  • Measuring Snow Water Equivalent Using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). PI: Richard Forster. NASA, 09/15/2006 - 02/15/2010. Total project budget to date: $72,000.00
  • ANTARCTICA ACCUMULATION PATTER. PI: FORSTER PHD,RICHARD R. NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, 07/01/2010 - 07/31/2013. Total project budget to date: $525,850.00
  • GLACIO-SEISMOTECTONNICS ALASKA. PI: FORSTER PHD,RICHARD R. NATIONAL AERONAUTICS & SPACE A, 10/01/2008 - 09/30/2011. Total project budget to date: $752,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Wind River Range glacier measurements. PI: Jeff VanLooy. Co-PI(s): Rick Forster. 07/31/2011 - 08/11/2011.