Here, you will find content on glacier research, software development, the new nonprofit Open Climate Research Collective, a new EP featuring songs about ultra trail running, comedy running articles and maybe even some latte art
From Alaska to Europe and now the Jersey Shore, you can catch up on all of Sam’s current interests and projects below.
I am an independent glaciologist with a specialization in understanding how rock debris on the surface of glaciers alters the melt rate of the ice below. My work on this subject extends up to the global scale, but I also have a specific focus on the Alaska Range: the mountain playground of my 20s and a poorly studied subset of Earth’s glaciers. I am currently developing several open-source software packages, including a forward model predicting the next several hundreds years of debris cover evolution.
Self-financing science is not a particular desire of mine; however, it affords me the ability to focus strictly on the topics that I think I am best qualified to work on and for which I have the highest potential to make a societal impact. I am confident I am not the only scientist who has the potential for valuable scientific output but falls outside of the traditional academic model. This is why in early 2022, I co-founded the US-based nonprofit Open Climate Research Collective (OCRC), to reimagine scientific funding for junior scientists. More information about supporting or receiving funding from OCRC can be found here.
Outside of academics, I am a multi-instrumentalist currently writing and recording a solo EP capturing the lifestyle and culture around ultra distance trail and mountain running. The music is inspired from my experiences racing and training around Europe and North America. My running also provides the underlying stories for comedy running articles in print and online running publications.
In parallel to my science, running and music, I like being rooted to the community around me. I work part time in a cafe in Asbury Park, New Jersey and enjoy engaging with my customers while fine-tuning the subtle craft of pouring latte art.
PhD in Glaciology, 2019
BSc in Geology, 2014
University of Alaska Fairbanks
In 2021 I bought a baby grand piano. I am currently writing and recording an EP of songs capturing the lifestyle and culture around ultra trail running. I’m not exactly sure what the end product will be, since I write simultaneously for tracked recording, but also single take live performances. I’m not sure if a Spotify album would be strictly one, or the other, or possibly a mix or two versions of each track 😂
I like releasing music as soon as I make it, which is what is posted here. Three tracks from the forthcoming album. Are they demos? Are they final cuts with fun raw blemishes? No one really knows. All I can say is I have a piano in my living room and when I hear a song in my head, it isn’t too long before it’s a file on my laptop. And then will very likely appear on this website.
March 25th – Mt. Tammany 10 64 km, 3000 m d+ (not bad for New Jersey 😂)
Thermal imaging can be a useful tool in glaciology if imaging a debris-covered or near-by surface, this subject is explored in depth in this article.