Robert Jacobel

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Bob Jacobel is a glaciologist and Professor of Physics Emeritus at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and has been doing research on ice since 1987 when he first went to Greenland to help select the site for the US deep ice core there. His interests are in the evolution and response of ice masses to climate change, and he uses the tools of ice penetrating radar and satellite remote sensing in this research on glaciers and ice sheets around the world. In addition to projects in Greenland and Scandinavia, he has participated in numerous field expeditions in Antarctica with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Jacobel studied physics at the University of California Berkeley and did his dissertation research in high energy particle physics. Switching to geophysics and earth science was “an obvious transition” he says, because of his strong interest in the outdoors and desire to do field research. He has published numerous papers relating the patterns of internal layering within ice and conditions at the ice-bed boundary to glacier dynamics and history.  He has taught in both the physics and environmental science departments at St. Olaf, including courses on global climate change and the literature of the poles. The Jacobel Glacier on the Sulzberger Coast of West Antarctica is named in honor of his accomplishments.

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