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The Glaciology Group in the SFU Department of Earth Sciences studies glacier and ice-sheet dynamics, the hydrology of glacierized systems, and the relationship of these systems to climate. Our interests have led us to explore the hydrology and dynamics of alpine glaciers, outburst floods from ice-dammed lakes, glacier surges and glacier-climate interactions. Field-based and modelling techniques complement one another in most of these pursuits. We lead a field-based glaciological research program in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada, aimed at understanding the role of glacier dynamics in modulating regional glacier mass balance.


2016/09/06: Welcome to MSc candidate David Bigelow, the newest member of the SFU Glaciology Group. David comes to us from BGC Engineering in Vancouver.

2016/07/29: New paper out on Barnes ice cap sensitivity to climate and internal dynamics by former SFU postdoc Adrien Gilbert.

2016/06/28: Bugs, boats and big data defined our trip to Miller Lake near Pemberton, BC, with UW-Tacoma collaborator Dan Shugar. Thanks to the UW Quaternary Research Center for supporting this pilot project.

2016/06/18: Gwenn Flowers, Jeff Crompton and Alex Pulwicki participated in the International Summer School in Glaciology from 7-17 June 2016 in McCarthy, Alaska, put on by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

2016/06/16: David Saint-Jacques, who joined us for field work and CSA-sponsored training on the Kaskawulsh Glacier in 2015, will be the next Canadian astronaut in space.

2016/05/30: Alex Pulwicki, Gwenn Flowers, Coline Ariagno and Ali Criscitiello are back from a successful spring field campaign to measure snow depth and density across three glaciers in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, followed by a pilot project in the icefields with Sian Williams.

2016/05/30: Congratulations to Laura Thomson who has been awarded a W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research and will join the SFU Glaciology Group in autumn 2016.

2016/04/30: Congratulations to PhD candidate Jeff Crompton and MSc candidate Alex Pulwicki for receiving NSERC Scholarships.


If you are interested in graduate studies and your research interests lie within the scope of the current research program, please send an e-mail inquiry to Dr. Gwenn Flowers and include your CV and transcripts. Inquiries are welcomed from students of a variety of science backgrounds, including earth sciences, physics, applied mathematics and engineering. Prospective students must have at least the equivalent of university-level calculus and physics. For more information about applying, see SFU's Graduate Program.