PhD MIT/WHOI Joint Program, 2014
Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary (since March 2014)
Supervisors: Shawn Marshall, John Yackel
Research topic: Effects of sea ice variability and change on Greenland ice sheet mass balance
Brief outline of the research project: Alison has been investigating Arctic climate and sea ice history using new ice cores she has retrieved from Ellesmere and Devon Islands in the Canadian high Arctic.
Progress update: PI on two projects, completed all fieldwork and lab analyses for year one (2015), and have written up one paper thus far which is in review. Her second fieldwork season begins mid-April 2016; she will be drilling an ice core on Agassiz Ice Cap, northern Ellesmere Island.
Arctrain related publications and conferences:
-Talk on “Ellesmere Island ice core record of recent sea ice behavior and North Water Polynya variability” in May 2014 at the ArcTrain annual meeting in Bremen, Germany
-Presented a poster on “Ellesmere Island ice core record of recent sea ice behavior and North Water Polynya variability” at AGU 2014
-Published publication in JGR-Atmospheres: “Influence of tropical-Arctic teleconnections on ice core marine aerosol records from Prince of Wales Icefield, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada”
-Submitted publication to The Cryosphere: “Marine aerosol records of Arctic sea-ice and polynya variability from new Ellesmere and Devon Island firn cores”
-Presented at the IPICS meeting 2016 (International Partnerships in Ice Core Science) in Hobart, Tasmania