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Dr. Jeffrey L. Kavanaugh


Jeffrey Kavanaugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. His research investigates the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, their impact on the landscape, and their response to changing climate. To address his research questions, he uses a combination of novel in situ field instrumentation techniques and numerical models developed to examine behaviours of the physical systems. In pursuit of these interests, he has led field campaigns to glaciers in Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon, the Canadian High Arctic, and Antarctica. His teaching includes courses in introductory Earth system science, environmental instrumentation, and alpine and Antarctic geoscience, and he has taught field courses in the coastal mountains of Alaska and British Columbia, the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and the Antarctic Peninsula. He served as Director of the Juneau Icefield Research Program from 2012 through 2014 and as Director of the University of Alberta’s Field Research Office from 2010 through 2013. He is an Adjunct Professor with the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College and an Affiliate Associate Professor with the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Selected Publications

MABEL photo-counting laser altimetry data in Alaska for ICESat-2 simulations and development
Brunt KM, TA Newman, JM Amundson, JL Kavanaugh, MS Moussavi, KM Walsh, WB Cook & T Markus
The Cryosphere 10:1707–1719 (Aug 2016)

Projected future changes in glaciers and their contribution to discharge of the Yukon River at Whitehorse
DeBeer CM, JL Kavanaugh & S Laxton
Technical report prepared by Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College, Whitehorse, YT (2014)

A test of common assumptions used to infer subglacial water flow through overdeepenings
Dow CF, JL Kavanaugh, JW Sanders & KM Cuffey
Journal of Glaciology 60:725–734 (Oct 2014)

Juneau icefield mass balance program 1946–2011
Pelto M, JL Kavanaugh & C McNeil
Earth System Science 5:319–330 (Nov 2013)

Using pressure pulse seismology to examine basal criticality and the influence of sticky spots on glacial flow
Kavanaugh JL, PL Moore, CF Dow & JW Sanders
Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 115:F04025 (Dec 2010)

Exploring glacier dynamics with subglacial water pressure pulses: Evidence for self-organized criticality?
Kavanaugh JL
Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 114:F01021 (Mar 2009)